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Spectra Logic, a data storage and management solutions firm, has announced the publication of its annual Data Storage Outlook report. Spectra Logic’s 2021 Data Storage Outlook report gives a forecast for various data storage technologies consisting of a magnetic disk, flash, hybrid cloud, tape, persistent memory, and optical, with a long-sighted view into future technologies.

The report by Spectra helps in exploring how the world accesses, manages, uses, and preserves its continuously expanding data repositories. The sixth edition of their Data Storage Outlook report has presented predictions regarding data storage strategies, technologies, and architectures that will allow the management, protection, and preservation of all data including the historical, current, and future ones for the upcoming generations.

Senior Director of Emerging Markets at Spectra Logic, David Trachy, said that the coronavirus pandemic has complicated the task of predicting the future to a great extent. Data storage technology manufacturers and users must have access to insights so that they can easily speculate the upcoming technologies and applications. He concluded his statement by saying that accurate planning is the key to achieve success in the future.

Let’s have a look at the highlights from Data Storage Outlook Report 2021 by Spectra

  • Flash – Flash vendors will be dependent on the string-stacking technique. In this technique, multi-layer flash dies are connected together to develop a flash chip with more layers. This would result in a decrease flash storage cost. System and cloud providers will definitely take the leverage of zone-based interface (allowing the physical placement data in zones matching the performance needs of that particular data) in order to get a longer life, greater capacity, and better performance out of their flash assets.
  • Disk – The two tycoons in disk are taking extraordinary strategies in moving to higher capacity drives. One out of the two is focused on HAMR (complete future roadmap of disk relies on this one) while the other one is focused on using MAMR, eMAMR, and HAMR. Shingled Magnetic recording or SMR versions of these drives would boost the capacity by 20% and will make them appealing to cloud providers and systems integrators.
  • Tape – LTO-9 tape will start shipping soon with a capacity of 18TB per cartridge. That is almost 50% more than the capacity offered in its predecessor LTO-8. A brand-new de-facto standard interface has emerged that would expand the number of applications that could use tape when supported by tape system suppliers.
  • Hybrid Perpetual Storage – The new hybrid storage systems will enable utilizing both cloud and on-premise processing capabilities. On the other hand, it will also offer ling term retention of the raw and refined data of that processing, irrespective of the location of processing.
  • Persistent Memory – This one will be based on the 3D XPoint technology. It is now available for purchase in a variety of capacities. Persistent memory has the caliber to be highly disruptive to the DRAM marketplace.

Spectra Logic is continuously working on a logical two-tier architecture consisting of multiple storage types. The primary tier’s storage requirements are curbed with solid-state disk (SSD) storage technologies, and the secondary storage tier is fulfilled satisfied with tape, magnetic disk and cloud deployed as object storage.