4. Unified Deployment Architectures
Some people talk about on-prem, some people talk about cloud or even multi-cloud, and some people talk about hybrid, but what everyone needs is unified storage platforms. The user doesn’t care where the data is so long as it is quickly accessible when they want it and where they want it. Unified deployment architectures are the antipathy of a piecemeal approach and will see far greater prominence once the pandemic “work from home” edict has died down and “work from anywhere (*even from the office!)” takes off.
5. Analytics: The Key to Good Management
The last prediction for 2021 lies in the area of analytics. As it becomes increasingly difficult to manage disparate work forces and storage systems alike, managers will want to take back control in order to make informed decisions. Analytics can pull together clear overviews. In the case of storage, what is being stored where and for how long? How long is data taking to transfer and how much is that holding up production? Is data being kept on the wrong storage tier? Analytics have never been more important than during this time and will only become more of a focus during 2021.