EMC's Hollis: SSDs, clouds and Ethernet are taking over

Posted on May 03, 2010

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-- In advance of next week's annual EMC-IDC "Digital Universe" study, sister site Enterprise Storage Forum reports that EMC vice president and global marketing CTO Chuck Hollis sees solid-state drives (SSDs), cloud computing and Ethernet as the dominant technologies in next generation data centers.

"Among the interesting facts in the report: The number of objects or files will grow faster than the overall volume of data over the next decade, growing 67 times compared to 44 for data, while storage capacity will grow only 30 times. And over that same time, the number of information professionals will only grow by a factor of 1.4, as demand will outstrip supply. That's good news for information professionals, if a challenge for CIOs, said Hollis.

"The amount of data created will reach 1.2 zettabytes this year, up from 800,000 petabytes last year, and hit 35 zettabytes by 2020, or, as the report notes, a stack of DVDs halfway to Mars. And the amount of data that needs to be protected will grow too, from 30 percent of all data to 50 percent by 2020, thanks to compliance and security demands.

"Hollis sees those trends creating a lot of opportunity in the data storage market, with cloud storage, SSDs and Ethernet potentially providing the answers."

Read the full story at Enterprise Storage Forum:
EMC Sees SSDs, Ethernet Taking Over Data Storage

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