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Byte-sized Brilliance: Top 7 Data Storage Trends to Rock 2024

With data taking precedence over everything else, the innovations in the data storage industry in 2024 and beyond will shape the future of many industries and business segments.

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In the current era of digital transformations, the importance of data storage systems couldn’t be overemphasized. A wide array of innovations are making their way into the segment, bringing a transformative change in how businesses interact, process, and manage data to achieve their strategic and tactical objectives.

While many interesting developments are on the horizon, we cherry-pick the following to keep you abreast with the latest happening in the data storage industry.

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DNA Storage: Touted as the future of the data storage industry, DNA Storage is fast climbing the popularity ladder across industrial sectors. Especially for digital businesses, the switch to DNA storage is becoming more of a strategic necessity owing to their need to handle large swaths of data daily. No wonder Gartner predicts that by 2024, 30% of businesses in the digital space will mandatorily switch to DNA storage. With the world expected to have 175 ZB of data by the end of 2025, DNA storage is a promising technology that will change the very face of the storage industry going forward.

Zero-Trust Architecture: Rising concerns for data security have led to unprecedented growth in the popularity of zero-trust architecture. IDC projects that global investment in zero trust security will reach an all-time high of $31.1 bn by 2024. The approach is proving very effective against cyber security threats as it allows no device inside or outside the network to access resources without verifying credentials. This extra layer of security also proves instrumental in boosting customers’ confidence and helping organizations strengthen their equity among the target market.

AI in Data: With a massive amount of data generated by the day, the need for scalable storage solutions is rising exponentially. By 2025, 50% of the global data centers will use AI/ML technologies to enhance their efficiency, as per the research by Gartner. The use of AI in IT operations can yield significantly better results in storing, implementing, and monitoring data. In addition, AI-led analysis can also help in performing predictive analysis, proactively identifying risks, and running defensive mechanisms to ensure data safety during the scalability process.

ESG Impact: 2024 is being referred to as the year of compliance with mandatory ESG disclosure rules all set to effect from January 2024 onwards. Making ESG compliance mandatory will also encourage firms to voluntarily catalyze their ESG practices, develop ESG formats, and encourage stakeholders to perform on various ESG indicators. All these efforts will prove crucial for enhancing transparency and trust among the stakeholders, thereby helping businesses become more responsible and sustainable.

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Storage as a Service (STaaS): The popularity of consumption-based storage as a service is on the rise with experts predicting STaaS to replace 35% of the total storage capacity of enterprises by 2028. The reason behind this growing popularity is not difficult to understand. The use of AI-powered datasets is growing, coupled with the generation of large amounts, escalating the need for scalable storage solutions. This growing demand is giving impetus to STaaS, which in conjunction with other innovations, is helping the storage industry to fulfil the aspirations of businesses across the industrial domains.

Hyperscale Storage: With an annual growth of 21%, the data center industry is growing significantly. Such rapid expansion fuels the demand for hyperscale storage, a system characterized by many servers and low-latency capabilities. As we step into the future wherein digital transformation will only intensify, one can easily estimate the brighter growth prospects that hyperscale storage comes equipped with.

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Edge Computing: The charm of edge computing is mesmerizing the world, with the segment poised to reach $111.3 bn by 2028 with a projected CAGR of 15.7%. Edge computing offers low latency capabilities, reduced bandwidth costs, and allows for real-time decision owing to its proximity to data generation centers and networks. The computing technique is also beneficial for data decentralisation which helps all stakeholders in the value chain to make quick decisions for delivering superior customer experiences.

Amidst the widening wave of digitalization, storage technologies must adapt continuously to meet emerging data collection, processing, and management challenges. The trends mentioned above show the changes that will dominate the storage industry in 2024 and help it emerge as a catalyst for reliable, innovative, and sustainable growth across industries.

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Sameer Danave
Sameer Danave
Sameer Danave, Senior Director Marketing, MSys Technologies
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