“A global operating model for businesses has created new requirements for scale, including the number of files stored, the ability to manage enormous data footprints in real time, the global distribution of data and the need to take advantage of the cloud.”
That tidy assessment comes from Peter Godman, cofounder and CTO of universal-scale file-storage company Qumulo, in a recent interview with The Data Center Journal.
Not surprisingly, Godman thinks the biggest challenge facing organizations in all sectors is the exploding amount of data, which he says is roughly doubling every two years. “It’s the digital currency of the global economy,” he explains, “yet much of it is effectively stuffed under the mattress in legacy storage systems. To deploy mission-critical workflows with breakthrough innovation, data-intensive organizations must be able to unlock the value of their data anywhere, at any time. They need the freedom to store, manage and access their file-based data in any operating environment, at petabyte and global scale.”
Among the industries most affected by this explosion, Godman says, are life sciences and medical research. “(S)cientific computing and imaging generate tremendous amounts of file data,” he notes. “Whether researchers are involved with 3D medical imaging, electron microscopy or models of natural phenomena, they’re using ever more-complex simulations and images of higher and higher resolution to make their breakthroughs—making the need to handle billions of files while maintaining high performance and gaining insight into the data more critical than ever.”
All of this, of course, comes home to roost in the storage sector, and Godman says “over the next five years we’ll see a rationalization of expectations about cloud and on-premises data centers. Companies will move many applications to public clouds, and, yes, they will move some back again. The tough thing about moving applications is moving their data. Storage products that facilitate that movement will thrive and storage products that deny it will lose relevance as organizations leave them behind in the course of an application migration. In the end, storage will be divided into broadly-used and relevant portable data management as well as less relevant storage point solutions.”