The ability to maintain consistent success in technology isn’t only about developing technological breakthroughs. Success is also about recognizing and adapting to changes in the usage and application of technology over time. If we think about this concept, we can easily translate this to our everyday experiences. In American football, for example, a recent shift to quick pace offenses where the time between plays is much quicker (the Oregon Ducks execute, on average, a new play every 23.2 seconds) calls for a retooling of the team’s lineup to a roster of faster, more agile players. The rules of the game haven’t changed, but the players and tactics required to succeed have changed. The story is the same in storage technology.
Storage technology has evolved from a relatively simple storage-centric interconnect and set of hard disk drives connecting a computer or set of computers to data, to much more intelligent systems that encompass networking, processing and multiple forms of storage technology. With this shift we have seen the storage market become much more tightly integrated with the networking environment. Whereas in the past, storage networking depended on its own storage protocols such as Fiber Channel for connectivity to computers in data centers, we now see a storage space that is embracing Ethernet-based networking protocols and integrated data processing capabilities to meet the evolving needs of businesses and consumers.
The need to adapt is driven by fundamental shifts that require new and dynamic approaches. This storage shift has been driven by the need to move data to the cloud, to more intelligently manage the data and analyze terabytes of data at speeds that were thought unattainable just a few years ago. As a result, the storage narrative has moved from a focus on storage centric IO and capacity and rotation speeds for hard drives to how to move data quickly, efficiently and securely within a network environment. This change in emphasis is closely aligned with Ethernet and PCI Express technologies, as well as the availability of cost effective 64-bitprocessing power and more sophisticated software. This new approach to storage requires more intelligence, more processors and more network knowledge.
As the need to intelligently transfer data continues to evolve, there are lot of new opportunities on the horizon. While traditional storage enterprise will still be important, the emphasis will increasingly shift to managing information rather than just storing information. Software-defined networking concepts will also find applications in network-attached storage devices. Object storage technologies will also continue to be developed to solve the problems of information management. Additionally, the focus is also shifting to accessing data quickly and intelligently across the network and distributing the analysis of data. This implies more use of Flash-based storage devices and even DRAM-based technologies to reduce latency of access and storage integrated processing to perform analysis functions within the storage devices themselves. The focus on speed and intelligence will also continue to drive the deployment of 10G and higher speed Ethernet networks in the storage infrastructure itself. We are a leading provider of multicore processors with Ethernet and PCI Express connectivity stands ready to help developers build the next generation of intelligent storage and storage networking products.