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The 10 Biggest Enterprise Data Storage Industry Predictions For 2019

2019 will see a huge business and channel focus on managing, protecting, and getting value from data, and a de-emphasis on what the underlying technology of the storage is or who's logo is on the bezel.

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Software-defined Storage Starts Its Industry Take-over

What is a storage array? In essence, it's an industry-standard server on which software that manages data and provides storage services runs. Yes, they are integrated, and the hardware may be optimized somewhat for the software. But for the most part, take away the software, and you have another server.

But take away the hardware, and you have software that in all likelihood will provide needed storage services on any server, or on a virtual server, or on a cloud. This software-defined storage will play an increasingly prominent role in the storage industry in 2019. We've already seen companies like NetApp make its storage OS available to run natively on the cloud, and Needham, Mass.-based all-flash array vendor Kaminario in 2018 got rid of its hardware entirely. Expect the uptake of software-defined storage in 2019 to move faster than in the past as vendors explore ways to make the integration and optimization of the software with customers' own server hardware faster and easier.

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