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Storage Will be the Key in 2012 Says IBM

Despite being a crucial building block for technology, data storage has hardly managed to bag as much attention as it has in the past couple of years. One of the primary reasons behind this drastic change in approach within the technology world is because of the fact that both retail and corporate consumers today are forced to stockpile a far greater amount of data that has to be made both useful and accessible.

An IBM survey conducted last year sheds light onto this changing approach of IT decision makers. According to the survey, 57 per cent of IT decision makers believed that their businesses needed a fresh approach to meet the data storage requirements. The survey eventually compelled IBM officials to draw the conclusion that the year 2012 could see new heights achieved in storage research and business models concerning entertainment, health care and other similar sectors.

And, it seems like the prediction by the IBM officials were indeed true, as with new storage challenges and scopes looming in the horizon, businesses are preparing hard to address the five most prominent storage trends reports eWeek.

These five storage trends would be:

Storage Breakthroughs Nip at ‘Digital Dark Age': Most likely new technological breakthroughs in data storage solution (in terms of compact form factor and greater storage capacity) will eventually ease up the pressure originating from huge amount of data in use today.

Data Curation: Once the industry is equipped with the sufficient means to address the growing data storage demands in an efficient manner, the next step will be ‘data curation', meaning to make the stockpiled data more useful.

Storage Analytics: The next major step will be to deploy the best possible storage analytics options in order to aid businesses in data curation.

Storage in the spotlight: As more and more businesses will be viewing the data storage aspect with the utmost importance, a handful of sectors are expected to go through a boom with the availability of in-house, easily accessible and useful stored data.

Data Hoarder: And, last but not the least, a better management of the stored data- retaining only those digital content that could play an important role in future growth of the organisation.