Flash storage, hyperconvergence and other trends are affecting the way enterprises buy storage. Chris Wahl and Ethan Banks talk with Marc Farley, an evangelist at Tegile and co-host of the In Tech We Trust podcast. They analyze the current state of enterprise technology and make some educated guesses at where the market is going.
While hybrid systems are outselling all-flash arrays, Marc predicts that all-flash storage will become the norm. Its higher I/O makes it easier to deduce and compress data. This makes the storage more efficient, which in turn reduces the amount of capacity customers need to buy, thus lowering the effective cost.
That said, Marc notes that disk probably won’t go away, nor will tape.
Chris, Ethan, and Marc discuss storage protocols, and the uncertain futures of Fibre Channel and FCoE.
They also decry the state of storage management tools, and debate whether flash arrays will wear out faster than spinning disk.
The conversation explores when is the right time to invest in a next-generation array. Marc suggests when performance of the current array is inadequate, or when you start to run out of space, or when maintenance costs become onerous.
They also discuss which storage incumbents are doing well, and highlight startups to keep an eye on, including Datagravity, Pure, and SolidFire.
If you need to catch up on the latest in the storage industry, this episode of Datanauts will be time well spent.