Storage area networks have been - and still - are big thing in business. Over
the past few years organizations have had to find ways to add more and more storage
to their IT environments as new applications come on-line and as new data sources
such as Web storefronts have added massive amounts of potentially valuable data
to be analyzed. As a results, organizations have invested in more and more storage
capability-from larger servers to storage area networks that can connect different
types of storage into a unified data network for use by a wide variety of corporate
applications or users. Because of the continuing need for greater, faster, more
efficient and manageable storage options, business storage solutions are going
to continue to be a big area of investment for organizations over the next five
But it's important to recognize that we're not just going to see this type of
focus and growth in the business sector. We're also going to see it in our homes
and personal lives. Over the next few years, the variety and types of significant
storage devices we use in our personal lives will increase dramatically-from multiple,
different portable storage devices, to ones for use in our cars, to ones connected
to our TV and digital media centers, most households will have a variety of new
storage devices with new features.
And, okay, so we may not exactly see the same thing-storage area homes-happening
in the home that we've seen happen in business-storage area networks-but we
will see a similar growth in the use of different data storage options to serve
and ever-widening array of personal (and home-office) storage needs.
In fact, storage in the home and small office is a incredibly fast-growing
area. Some research estimates say that there's now as much storage in the home
as there is in business. Since 2003 the growth in home storage has actually
outpaced the growth in business storage. Those are two very interesting statistics
that show potential of the role of home storage and digital content management
as consumers dramatically increase their storage capacities. First, they indicate
a massive opportunity for hardware vendors to design, build and market a variety
of personal and small business storage devices for more individual or family
use. Secondly, just like google and other consumer-oriented technologies that
have changed business user expectations, I believe that this upcoming massive
shift in consumer storage devices will also alter business user expectations
Consumers are essentially gobbling up storage faster than businesses are. When
you stop to think about it, it's not surprising, given the huge growth in digital
cameras, the move to DVRs and digital videos, digital music (from MP3s to downloadable
iTunes movies, TV shows and music), and more.
We can see the impact of the direction of this trend in some of the recent
announcements by companies like Seagate and Maxtor, at January's consumer electronics
show in Las Vegas. For example, Seagate announced the introduction of its Maxtor®
BlackArmour storage solution, a 2.5-inch consumer-friendly, portable AES
government-grade encrypting external storage device that makes it simple for
consumers (or business users) to securely and easily take their data with them.
With hardware-level encryption, the device is designed to keep content locked
even if it's lost or stolen. Although these types of technologies have been
around for years, what's amazing is that you'll get 160GB of portable, secure
storage for a retail price of $149.99, all from your local Staples or electronics
Another interesting part of their announcement was the introduction of Maxtor
Central Axis software, a software solution that enables users to remotely connect,
access, upload, and share content on a Maxtor Shared Storage II drive, networked
on your local home network-without breaching network firewalls. In effect, consumers
and home office workers now have an easy way to share and access files remotely
while maintaining a high level of security.
I believe that over the next few years we'll see a huge change in the types
and volume of storage devices that standard consumers are using in their homes.
We're going to see both a diversity of applications-from hard drives designed
to move movies or music to automobile playback systems to home office storage,
backup and remote access. In any case, a great many of these changes in the
consumer storage technology landscape will undoubtedly filter back up to the
enterprise, affecting the design, deployment and use of future business storage
technologies for years to come.
About the Author
David Kelly - With twenty years at the cutting edge of enterprise infrastructure,
David A. Kelly is ebizQ's Community Manager for Optimizing Business/IT Management. This category includes IT governance, SOA governance,and compliance, risk management, ITIL, business service management,registries and more.
As Community Manager, David will blog and podcast to keep the ebizQ
community fully informed on all the important news and breakthroughs
relevant to enterprise governance. David will also be responsible for
publishing press releases, taking briefings, and overseeing vendor
submitted feature articles to run on ebizQ. In addition, each week,
David will compile the week's most important news and views in a
newsletter emailed out to ebizQ's ever-growing Governance community.
David Kelly is ideally suited to be ebizQ's Governing the
Infrastructure Community Manager as he has been involved with
application development, project management, and product development
for over twenty years. As a technology and business analyst, David has
been researching, writing and speaking on governance-related topics
for over a decade.
David is an expert in Web services, application development, and
enterprise infrastructures. As the former Senior VP of Analyst
Services at Hurwitz Group, he has extensive experience in translating
the implications of new application development, deployment, and
management technologies into practical recommendations for enterprise
customers. He's written articles for Computerworld, Software Magazine,
the New York Times, and other publications, and spoken at conferences
such as Comdex, Software Development, and Internet World. With
expertise ranging from application development to enterprise
management to integration/B2B services to IP networking and VPNs,
Kelly can help companies profit from the diversity of a changing
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