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2019 Storage Trends: the Latest Networking and Storage Hardware

Posted by Integrity Global on Jan 18th 2019

2019 Storage Trends: the Latest Networking and Storage Hardware

2019 Storage Trends: the Latest Networking and Storage Hardware

In 2017, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was approved by the European Union. On May 25, 2018, it went into full effect. GDPR mandates that companies in the EU -- as well as companies abroad who might interact with EU customers, or whose sites might host EU users -- institute a whole host of data protection measures in order to minimize the amount of customer data that they store, delete that data after a certain period of time, and ensure that users opt-in to data sharing rather than taking data collection for granted.

Failure to comply comes with stiff penalties: a company in violation of GDPR can be fined up to 4% of its global annual turnover, or €20 million -- whichever of those two numbers is greater.

But despite the threat of heavy fines, companies are continuing to collect more data than ever. We continue to create upwards of 2.5 quintillion bytes of data globally each and every day, and the total amount of global data is forecast to grow by up to 10 times by 2025.

The question is: where will all of this data be stored? If businesses continue to increase their data storage at rates of 10% - 24% per year, IT departments will have to adapt at a rapid pace in order to house all of this data. This could mean adopting cloud storage, implementing data virtualization, adding more physical storage, or some combination of these or other solutions.

Hardware Storage vs Cloud Storage

Cloud storage immediately seems like an attractive option for businesses. Under some circumstances, it can be cheaper and easier than managing rows of physical storage arrays on your own business’ premises. Depending on your organization’s needs, the cloud may be the way to go.

However, moving to the cloud can present certain challenges. In addition to potential security, network, and cost issues, there are compliance issues to consider, too. Following the implementation of GDPR, massive multi-billion-dollar lawsuits have been filed– including leading providers of cloud storage solutions. And despite legal pressure, these companies appear to still be in violation of the new data protection regulations.

For some companies, then, hardware storage makes sense. You have control over your own customers’ data, and you’re not beholden to a cloud storage provider. You can manage your own tech in-house -- and if there’s a problem, you can fix it yourself rather than waiting for your storage provider to address the issue.

Ultimately, it’s up to your organization to evaluate the pro’s and con’s of the cloud and choose the storage solution that’s right for you.

Still, though, the truth is that yesterday’s data storage solutions aren’t cut out for the glut of data that companies can expect to encounter in the future. So, what sorts of storage will companies add? And what kind of networking hardware might we see companies implementing in order to make that hardware viable?

Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Data Center Switches

Solid state drive (SSD) storage is getting faster, cheaper, and more compact all the time. When it was first introduced, the idea of upgrading your entire storage facility from traditional hard drives to SSDs was cost prohibitive. Now, though, SSDs don’t have to break the bank. Plus, they offer some major advantages over traditional hard drives: they’re faster, more reliable, and more efficient.

What new SSDs might businesses adopt in the coming years? Seagate’s new IronWolf SSD hard drive is designed for Network Attached Storage (NAS). It’s built with multi-user environments in mind, and supports extremely high workload rates. Thanks to Seagate’s AgileArray technology, they’re also highly scalable and very reliable.

Another option is the Hitachi HGST Ultrastar SSD hard drive. These drives are designed with cloud computing and data centers in mind. They feature high capacity, excellent performance, and the endurance to handle read-intensive use.

Meanwhile, a data center is only as good as the networking hardware that connects it. Keeping your data network fully automated and secure is essential, and the new QFX series of data switches from Juniper do an excellent job of just that. These switches can help your organization lay the foundation for a high performance, reliable storage system.

If you’re considering adding storage to your existing storage array, remember that you don’t have to purchase brand new drives. Integrity Global Solutions stocks a wide selection of used and refurbished hard drives, including the Hitachi HGST Ultrastar. All of our drives are thoroughly inspected by our technicians to ensure that they’re in optimal condition and ready for use.

Are you looking for a used or refurbished hard drive, switch, or other hardware item? We’re here to help! Chat with us now and one of our friendly customer service representatives will help you find what you’re looking for.