9. Storage Will Keep Getting Smarter
Storage vendors looking to meet customers' requirements for reining in storage capacity and costs will focus on increasing the intelligence of their offerings.
That intelligence will be increasingly found all over the storage architecture, including:
-- Intelligent archiving of data to disk, cloud and, yes, tape.
-- Optimization to take advantage of flash technology not only in the arrays but also in servers, and between servers and arrays.
-- Storage SLAs tied to business processes as well as to the level of optimization tied to the trade-offs between capacity and performance.