What is big data? It's volumes of data that are so large it is difficult to process them in a reasonable amount of time and with traditional technologies. Big data creates storage and backup issues and, as a trend, continues to grow. According to IBM, every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. Gartner researchers predicted in July that consumers, driven by desire to share content and use multiple devices, will store 36 percent of their digital content in the cloud by 2016.
For data center managers and teams, there was much discussion of storage, data protection and back up this year. Our Industry Perspectives guest columnists offered good counsel on many aspects of storage. Here's our top picks of storage columns for 2012. Enjoy!
- Planning for Success: Private Storage Clouds - Brent Rhymes of iWave Software. February 23, 2012
- De-dupe’s Fork in the Road: Grid vs. Fixed Controller - Marc Crespi of ExaGrid, January 12, 2012
- Storage: A Secret Weapon to Lower TCO in the Data Center - Mark Collins of HGST/Western Digital, June 7, 2012
- Beyond Servers: Is Your Data Center Truly Virtualized? - Travis Vigil of Dell storage, February 1, 2012
- Missing Link for Enterprise Storage and the Cloud - Marc Farley of StorSimple, October 4, 2012
- Making Hash of Database Deduplication - Jeff Tolano of SEPATON, April 24, 2012
- Going Green with NAND Flash - Gary Orenstein of Fusion-io, February 14, 2012
- Tape Backup: An Ironic 60th Anniversary For Tape - Bill Hobbib of ExagGrid, September 14, 2012
- The Sticking Power of Tape Storage in the Age of Big Data - Bill Truskowski of IBM, October 19, 2012
- A Distributed Caching Approach to Server-based Storage Acceleration - Marc Leavitt of QLogic, November 2, 2012
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