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Jennifer O'Brien | Dec. 19, 2014
Who says storage can't be sexy?

Additionally, many organisations are adopting Big Data software and applications, the study revealed.

"Forty two per cent of the enterprises are investigating the need for Big Data within their organisation. A lot of the people I see talk about a business case. They talk about cost. They see the cost of Big Data as one of the barriers to entry. But once they've spoken to the board, spoken to lines of business about a business case for Big Data, that barrier to entry can come down significantly if you can justify the investment. There may be Cloud solutions that can help reduce the barrier to entry -- there may be package solutions on premise that can help reduce the barrier to entry."

"With regard to Big Data and analytics, some of the emerging technologies around storage are designed to cope with high volumes and high transactional data inputs.

At the end of the day, it's about business intelligence and business decision making - not just about collecting hundreds of millions or even billions of data points. If you look at the penetration of Big Data use in Australia it's about 25 per cent of organisations above 20 employees where you have some Big Data practice. That includes legacy data processing," he said.

Nexenta APAC vice-president and general manager, Anthony Davis, said a hot button for 2015 will continue to be software defined storage. He said customers want Cloud economics, but on premise comfort, which is a key reason why many are embracing the software-defined infrastructure.

"Software defi ned infrastructure is all about commoditising the hardware and dramatically reducing costs in the process," Davis said.

"The data set that's growing the fastest is the unstructured data set: tier two and tier three data. We make a very bold statement to every customer and partner that we speak to and that is, 'if you've got customers or you are a customer and you're using tier one storage for tier two and tier three data, you're literally getting millions of dollars and you're sticking it in the toilet."

Telsyte's Gedda also looks to software defined storage as a growing market opportunity.

"I'm excited about software-defi ned storage, software-defined networking, although they're quite disruptive technologies. We now have more ability to take control of the software and customise it and manage it the way we need for our business and improve our operations."

Object storage is also considered worth a partner's time. Also known as object-based storage, it is a storage architecture that manages data as objects. Other storage architectures, like file systems, manage data as a fi le hierarchy. Block storage manages data as blocks within sectors and tracks.


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