“Data security has always been a top priority for our customers. But in 2023, IT leaders will assess every solution, including data storage, based on its ability to protect data against many threat vectors. The data storage industry embraced advances in AI/ML and hybrid clouds, which allowed for greater data sovereignty. “IT teams will see a marked increase in efficiency as the pace accelerates,” said Paul Speciale, Scality’s Chief Marketing Officer.
IT buyers will be more focused on security, even for data storage. In 2023, supply chain problems and economic challenges will continue impacting storage projects. The exception is those who can demonstrate tangible ROI for ransomware protection initiatives. This will open up big data storage solutions that can provide the intelligence and security to fill gaps in multi-level security and detection, data immutability, and ransomware protection. Solutions that provide AI-based anomaly detection capabilities to detect ransomware attacks are expected to become more common shortly.
Intelligent unstructured search becomes smarter with rich feature sets and multi-cloud capabilities.
- Customers require intelligent data search tools to optimize data analytics and mine the trillions of unstructured data objects they have stored in object storage solutions. Amazon and other cloud vendors made a significant step forward in 2022 by offering a variety of search tools and services. Intelligence still needs intelligence to allow the “aha!” moment, which is so important, to occur much faster.
- In 2023, search and query capabilities for unstructured storage solutions will become more sophisticated. Vendors will integrate them with standard access methods while ensuring enterprise-class security auditing and auditing. This will be doubly beneficial in simplifying application development and allowing object storage resources as the single solution to unstructured data storage.
Software supply chain hacks can slow down open-source adoption.
Ransomware and malware attacks have escalated to the point that intrudes occur worldwide every few minutes. This can cost businesses millions and cause untold IT cycle disruptions. Recent high-profile attacks have shown us that commercial software solutions are vulnerable to hacking. Open-source software dependencies are a growing threat vector. Enterprises should be more careful in evaluating and vetting these technologies before deploying them on a large scale.
With recession fears looming, green storage innovation is expected to grow in importance.
- There is a convergence in increased awareness about climate change and prolonged economic downturn. This will force enterprises to refocus IT budgets on solutions that deliver ROI and savings in operational costs via reduced power consumption.
- This area has been a focus of the data storage industry, as evidenced by the Storage Networking Industries Association (SNIA) Green Storage Initiative, which aims to set standards for low power consumption from large-scale storage systems. Vendors will offer innovations that reduce power consumption using smart resource utilization and the most advanced low-power storage density platforms. This will result in significant cooling and power consumption savings, reducing storage’s environmental impact.
A tighter integration of managed cloud services with object storage will be possible.
Extended storage APIs will be published by application vendors for improved monitoring, reporting, performance acceleration, and optimal data placement. The leading object storage vendors will adopt these APIs to offer even more compelling solutions for enterprise and midmarket customers in data protection (backup, ransomware protection), extensive analytics, AI/ML, and other areas. We will also see increased partnerships between object storage vendors with large OEMs and managed service providers (MSPs) to offer fully integrated, private cloud S3 storage-as-a-service offerings.