The digital transformation has created new product and service opportunities and shed extra yabytes of data. It has become increasingly clear that data is the main value creator. Take, for example, the area of digital entertainment. As proof, only scan your monthly credit card bill for streaming service subscriptions. Also take a moment to remember the truly impressive digital content – magnetic resonance imaging to help the doctor detect a patient early, genomic information to help open up a cure, and the ease of online planning of our daily lives for work, family, travel and entertainment.
There has been a corresponding change in the creation, storage and consumption of data. People produce information in both their business and personal lives, but we now also see that information created by a machine is created tremendously in production sites, utilities, vehicles, and so on. The data lives in our homes, cars, cruise ships, airplanes, hospitals, sports stadiums and many other places.
Therefore, organizations need to create a plan for the infrastructure to consume, manage, store, and protect data anywhere. This now means data everywhere, from the data center to the cloud and the rising “edge” – and this edge is a dramatically growing area of technological innovation and consumption.
A level playing field for data storage
A decade or two ago, a storage system administrator was an employee who managed storage space in a company’s server center. These in-depth and technical professionals understand that data protection is the key to the success of their business and consuming what they do for the right people (and only the right people) is the primary goal of their work. Understanding data storage, its forms and use, and consumption led to a specialized world of users who understand storage speeds and inputs and speak the language of technical data storage abbreviations fluently.
As the change continues at a record pace, not only the company’s IT staff is responsible for capturing, protecting, and providing access to data storage. It has become the domain of many application owners and technical architects, and has highlighted the role of development activities or “DevOps” teams. This group of people now makes critical decisions in companies about solutions – covering applications, people, processes and infrastructure – and all of these decisions are made in a more independent way.
Cloud-native shakes things up
We used to hear about enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business process redesign (BPR), but now we hear about enterprise applications, data lakes, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. These workloads lead to major changes in how much of them needs to be stored and how they are consumed.
These types of workloads are welcome for modern design methods and principles in application development, design, and deployment. This new wave, called cloud-specific, involves the use of distributed software services that are packaged and deployed as repositories and adapted for Kubernetes. The promises of this new approach include efficiency, scalability and, most importantly, portability. The latter aspect allows software applications and infrastructure to support the new dynamics described earlier: data is created and lived everywhere.
That is the technical side of change. The storage perspective sees that cloud-based applications are also changing the way storage is used, managed, and managed. This is the interaction between software services and services through well-defined interfaces or APIs. Storage has traditionally been an area where standard connections have been introduced. In the area of file systems in particular, there are known SMB and NFS protocols.
Cloud-based applications have a natural fit for API-based access to storage, which object storage naturally supports through its RESTful APIs. The popular Amazon S3 API is now fully adopted for both stand-alone software vendors (ISVs) and storage vendors in terms of cloud service, server center, and edge. APIs also apply to storage management and monitoring, and API-based automation is another key theme in this cloud-based wave.
Sustainable storage for the future
Target storage brings all the right ingredients together – providing portability, API-based access, automation, and scalability to an effectively limitless level – to be the optimal storage model for a new cloud-based world. Next-generation object storage solutions can and do go further by providing higher performance for new applications and workloads, and they also provide simplicity of functionality to ensure that wider users can take full advantage of them.
Data storage and management has become increasingly complex in the age of applications. Requires a transition with technology, which requires a new way of data management and delivery. Lightweight, cloud-based object storage is needed to power the power of this next-generation cloud-based application throughout its lifecycle, no matter where your data is located.