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Data is powering modern business, but the sheer weight of information in enterprise today has created new urgency around its responsible handling.
The way data is used is undergoing fundamental changes, enabled both by ever-modernising technologies and fresh awareness of just how easy it is for sensitive information to fall into the wrong hands.
Below we take a look at how these factors are influencing data storage behaviours as we move towards 2018.
Coming into force on May 25th 2018, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation will call upon all enterprises operating within EU member states to tighten data storage procedures so that EU citizens have optimal data privacy rights.
However, a survey conducted by Dell in November 2016 found that as many as 80 per cent of businesses knew “little or nothing about GDPR”, while 97 per cent have no plan in place for when the legislation goes live in under 11 months’ time.
To fall within compliance of GDPR, firms will have to guarantee data anonymity and protection. Cloud repositories with EU-standard encryption will be needed for data storage, while evaluations will need to be conducted into the way third parties handle personal data.
A forward-leaning approach to GDPR will bring financial benefits to businesses, whose compliant practices will enhance customer trust and build commercial behaviours that will bring significant industry advantage over competitors, whilst avoiding potentially significant fines.
Flash storage: Quicker flash storage has played an increasingly central role in data recovery and information storage through the past decade; it’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing down.
By taking rotational delay and seek time out of the equation, flash responds quicker than traditional spinning disk technology and offers ground-breaking storage capabilities that will best position companies for future growth.
Solid state drives (SSDs) maintain their price edge over traditional storage, prompting many firms to go for hybrid solutions. When partnered with flash drivers, hard disk drives (HDDs) can bring down costs while granting companies faster, higher density storage capabilities which have lower energy demands.
Hyperconvergence: Referring to an IT architecture for the foreseeable future, hyperconvergence hosts a business’ computing, networking, virtualisation and storage through a single central management core.
The market for HCIS (hyperconverged integrated systems) is expected to grow in popularity as we move into 2018, due mainly to high value stemming from the continual support and optimisation of critical applications.
The development of HCIS is being driven by software and hardware advances, which are now enabling IT infrastructures to become inherently flexible and agile. As hyperconvergence reduces the amount of hardware a system needs, maintenance costs fall and fewer cracks boost data centre resiliency.
Ascendance of the cloud
Expect to see enterprises of all sizes look increasingly to cloud storage in a bid to improve efficiencies and bring down costs, as we move into the second half of 2017.
Not just the perfect location through which to run applications that would be too heavy for independently-hosted physical servers to bear, cloud storage standards will comply with future data regulations such as GDPR, as providers will ensure security standards are continually met.
From a safety point of view, the cloud leads the pack in terms of data recovery, enabling disaster-struck firms to get back up and running in a potentially seamless manner. Only having to pay for storage being used highlights the sophistication and streamlining capabilities of a technology that will be here for years to come.
Companies around the world are under constant pressure to digitally evolve, and the health of the data centre is at the heart of this process.
Data storage will continue to be an overriding concern as firms seek to demonstrably handle data responsibly and in a way that complies with legal requirements.
Dell is leading the way in this respect, creating a one-stop-shop that delivers flash storage, hyperconvergence and cloud technologies to create data protection solutions so that businesses of all sizes can scale and innovate securely.