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Top Storage Trends For Businesses In 2012

The increasing demand for infrastructures that can manage larger volumes of data will undoubtedly intensify this year, leading to IT Professionals seeking out new storage solutions that are more secure, scalable and enterprise-level. All the indicators suggest IT professionals will embark on a cloud based storage space revolution this year.

SMEs are often vulnerable in the current economic climate when it comes to all things IT. Here are my top storage trends to keep an eye out for in order to manage and protect your data.

Storage efficiency: Although this hasn't progressed much in the last three years, if not the last ten years. Increased pressure on IT specialists to deliver better ROI's means storage solutions like such as storage virtualisation, dynamic or thin provisioning, dynamic tiering, and archiving will grow in popularity and storage will need to be scaled to enterprise-level.

Consolidation to convergence: Consolidation and convergence will join forces in 2012 in order to reap the benefits of cost savings, the focus will be on convergence of server, storage, networks, and applications. Application programming interfaces (APIs), will increase server and memory efficiency.

Transparency: Architectural models will become more transparent in order to communicate through APIs and applications will be able to monitor the service of its storage solution behind virtualisation.

Big Data: The most dominant trend for 2012 will continue to centre on big data and how to contain it securely and efficiently. The huge influx of mobile applications, social networks and larger volumes of data creates an opportunity for savvy IT specialists to market their solutions as increasingly significant. Big data analytics will increase the take up of such solutions with evidentiary support.

Green networking: Energy efficiency will become even more critical as energy demand increases and countries begin to impose carbon tax on power, cooling and carbon footprint Ergonomic services: New storage solutions will be adopted at a higher rate as IT specialists market their solutions as more affordable in their early stages.

Virtualised migration: New virtualisation platforms will be developed that will abolish the need to reboot your computer. Dropbox is already a hugely popular virtual data storage service, and it is rumoured that Google are launching its own spin on the service very soon.

Cloud acquisition: Cloud acquisition will replace the current 3-to-5 year acquisition cycles, as IT services integrate. Cloud computing isn't going anywhere this year so the need for new storage technologies that can collate increasing amounts of data and maintain storage efficiency is ever significant.

The first thing SMEs need to do is identify where all of your data is, then seek out IT expert advice on the best storage solution for your business to increase efficiencies, security and scalability.

Simon Richardson brings more than 15 years of IT industry experience to ITogether. Simon manages the overall technical strategy and service delivery of the business as well as its day to day activities and product and service portfolio. An expert in enterprise network security, Simon is focused on driving the growth of ITogether's corporate client base through its world class vendor portfolio and managed services.