With the rise of the big data era and a growing emphasis on harnessing the massive potential of analytics, data storage is certainly a hot topic in the IT industry.
Our reliance on data has led to newer research and developments in data handling and management policies. While remote access and analyzing data were once distant notions, modern organizations are now leveraging such technologies to achieve enhanced productivity.
In 2018, the data of organizations faced a considerable risk of cyber attacks and natural disasters. Now, businesses are increasingly cognizant of the need to have data storage and backup solutions in place. In fact, leading studies that report that up to 89% of companies are expected to grow their IT budgets heading into 2019.
Rapid advances in data storage, backup, and protection mean that IT leaders must contend with newer challenges each year. In this article, we’ll look at some of the data backup trends that are expected to grab industry attention in 2019.
Multi-cloud storage and backup protection
Back in 2017, there were reports that an overwhelming majority of IT organizations will be committing to multi-cloud architectures. There’s hype building around multi-cloud backup solutions, and 2019 will see more enterprises integrating multi-cloud backup structures as a normal part of their operations. The benefits of multi-cloud adoption are many and include a decreased risk of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and more cost-efficient data backups.
However, the most notable argument in favor of multi-cloud backup is that it enables organizations to avoid vendor lock-in. In the face of such upgrades to a single cloud system, cloud only backup providers may experience falling revenues unless they embrace the multi-cloud trend.
In continuation with the growing emphasis on multi-cloud storage solutions, there is also a growing need for networking to accommodate cross-cloud communication. Software-defined networking is essential to an organization’s capacity to manage the entire backup from a central location.
While it is easier for enterprises to set up a virtual backup alliance in different clouds, enabling different platforms and different virtual backup alliances to communicate together can be challenging.
As multi-cloud hosting gains popularity, there will be an increased demand for applications that can bridge the gap between different cloud backup providing platforms.
The rise of hybrid clouds
The data backup and storage opportunities that the cloud affords are nothing new. The cloud has been gaining traction and widespread popularity for decades and has now rocketed to the very top—so much so that that studies report that 83% of enterprise workloads will be handled in the cloud by 2020.
However, as Tolstoï put it, if you look for perfection, you’ll never be content; the same rings true for data backup platforms. While the public cloud offers enterprises a cost-effective and highly accessible option for data backup, security and compliance concerns mean that sensitive data and core business workloads cannot be stored in a public cloud.
On the other hand, private clouds can burn a hole in the pockets of medium-sized organizations that might lack the fiscal and human resources necessary for complex cloud architecture.
On-premises data storage is the least recommended of the three, as it is plagued by heightened security risks such as data theft, loss, or corruption.
Each storage environment has its benefits and drawbacks. To manage their complex needs, IT leaders will need to leverage the advantages afforded by different storage environments to their maximum benefit.
Thus, we can expect 2019 to experience a rise in hybrid clouds as enterprises look to make the most of public, private, and on-premises data backup solutions.
Solid state drives
There have been considerable developments in physical storage as of late, but none have been nearly as influential as the introducton of solid-state drives (SSDs). While they’ve been around for quite some time, SSDs are quickly gaining popularity—and for good reason.
SSDs are far more reliable than the more traditional hard-disk drives (HDDs) because they don’t contain any moving plates or arms (hence “solid state”) and are therefore less prone to wear and tear, especially if dropped or shaken. SSDs are also much faster than their HDD counterparts because they store and read data using flash memory rather than mechanical read/write heads. Plus, the lack of a physical read head means that data backup never suffers from ‘fragmentation’ that affects performance.
We believe 2019 is the year when more fast-paced environments will embrace SSDs as a reliable means of physical data storage.
The year of compliance
The threats to data security posed in recent years have resulted in stricter, more extensive regulations that will force enterprises to ensure regulatory compliance. This comes with new offers but also many new considerations to think of before making your choice.
Every year we witness new trends replace previous fads. 2019 will see organizations strive for a more cohesive, cloud-based storage solution while ensuring staying up-to-date with modern data compliance laws. There are many solutions offered to business owners today. Our experts can help you make the right choice for your data as well as your customers! Contact us to learn more.