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10 Storage Predictions For 2015

CRN looks through the crystal ball and offers 10 predictions for the storage industry for 2015.

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1. Servers Will Run On Storage Systems

Unabated growth of data, especially data generated by big data applications, will make it increasingly harder to move data to where it needs to be processed. So why not move the processing to the data?

Server virtualization for the most part is the ability to spin up a software-defined server on any industry-standard hardware. And storage arrays are really nothing more than specialized storage software running on industry-standard servers.

2015 will see these come together with new ways to mount, migrate and delete servers on storage arrays with excess processing capacity. EMC's new VMAX3 arrays were the first from a major vendor to run virtual servers on the array itself, but there is nothing stopping other storage vendors from doing so. And in 2015, they will.

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