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Spectra Logic Report Highlights Current, Future Storage Tech Trends

Annual report looks at trends for long-term preservation of critical data.

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Spectra Logic’s fourth annual report on the data storage industry, “Digital Data Storage Outlook 2019,” examines the future of data management, use, and storage and details the current state of the industry and options for preserving digital assets indefinitely.

Diversity of workflows is driving users toward a new model for data storage. The report outlines what this ideal next storage architecture will look like and explains why a modern, two-tier approach is essential to preserving data in the booming age of “keep everything, delete nothing.”

Spectra Logic’s report also provides an overview of the storage technologies that define long-term storage today and those that will impact the industry in the future, including flash, disk, tape, optical, and cloud. Report highlights include:  

  • The impact on the storage industry as supply-side constraints from flash manufacturers have ended and all are now shipping 3D NAND in volume. This resulted in a 50 percent reduction of flash prices mostly occurring toward the end of 2018 with the potential of more cost reductions to come in 2019. 
  • A predicted aggressive decrease in the aggregate shipped capacity of consumer magnetic disk as flash disk takes over much of that space on both the high end and low end.
  • Tape remains a viable and cost-effective storage technology for long-term data retention with a long road map. Of all the storage media available, tape technology has the greatest potential for capacity improvement.
  • The new two-tier paradigm focuses on data use rather than the technology. It includes the primary or project tier (where raw data streams need to be captured rapidly or edited) and the perpetual tier (where data assets are accessed, shared, and stored indefinitely). Data moves seamlessly between the two tiers for maximum user benefit.

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