We are in a period of storage revolution. Many transitions have been witnessed in both software and hardware. There are trends, which will influence corporate strategy and data pilling preference by the end of 2017.
Cloud computing has simulation-like benefits. It provides a backup storage solution because it has a platform where the organization can store its information in virtual memory. It is an essential means of improving efficiency in the supply chain. The cloud has undergone advancements such as the installation of a robust 256-bit AES encryption such that even if there is a disruption like the occurrence of a natural disaster, the cloud can still be leveraged to restore operations in the shortest time possible. Another advantage is its internet presence allowing organizations with multiple locations to access and transfer essential documents longer compared to hard drives. These SSDs also have the advantage of superfast speeds and very low power consumption leading to recommendable reliability.
Solid-state drives have become part of everyday life, and they are the most preferred form of data storage in 2016. With its enhanced controllers, SSDs are capable of offering lasting of high capacity SATA SSDs in supply and this will translate into high performing servers meaning appliances work faster and efficiently.
Flash storage has become an essential part of life for every person that owns a computer. Even schoolchildren are required with a storage device, and flash disks are the most viable option. 2017 has seen the storage capacity of flash drives expand and it is expected that the 32-terabyte flash disks will hit the market by the end of this year. Another interesting twist to this story is the fact that as the capacity of flash drives rise; the price is on a downward trend. Prices of flash disks have continuously gone down since 2015. Organizations in need of data storage facilities have tapped into this opportunity and bought more and more flash drives and even improved their solid-state memory capacity.
It is becoming apparent that phone and tablet manufacturers continuously prefer installing (NVM) Non-Volatile Memory Express or otherwise known as Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification (NVMHCI). However, in 2016 all NVMe SSDs were using NAND flash media. This year we have seen the first non-flash NVMe drives sold. This means higher performance and breakneck speeds and more prominently lower latency.
HCI is finally reaching a point where it is regarded as a standard for use cases because it guarantees simplicity. In 2017, it is now becoming part of mainstream technology and therefore the first choice for many organizations. HCI is preferred because it trades simplicity for lower flexibility and higher cost thus explaining why HCI is gaining maturity in the market in 2017.
SCM was previously NVM. The data storage industry has now settled on the name SCM. This is a new invention and is of its class. With speed faster than NAND Flash but slower than RAM. But its advantage is that it is non-volatile. The first products released in 2017. An example of brands includes Intel's Optane which is a much popular name because of its excellent development. But unfortunately, even for them, the access to the details is insufficient. Even though the prices of the available products are still relatively high, SCM will replace flash entirely shortly. As a result, NAND flash used in relation with the SCM will become the new disk.
Overall, the continued increase in data storage capacity spells a bright future for the data storage industry. Companies and individuals must make good use of the opportunity to achieve efficient storage solutions. A viable combination is flash disks plus cloud storage. With this, one can gain plenty and secure storage.