A focus on the actual business requirements from storage infrastructures, and not on the legacy discussions about speeds and feeds, the names on the bezels, and where the data is actually located, will characterize the storage industry of 2021 and beyond.

Storage In 2021 And Beyond: Less Focus On Tech, More Focus On Data Value

The storage, management, protection, and valuation of data is and will continue to be a critical function of IT well into the foreseeable future — that is not in doubt. Businesses will continue to collect data at an ever-increasing rate, and need new ways to find information from that data while keeping it available and safe.

However, going forward, many of the technology details of data storage will be of increasingly less importance, while the discussions around business value will boom. Just like no one talks about SAN vs. NAS, business users soon will not look at “on-prem vs. cloud” or “NetApp vs. Pure Storage.” Instead, storage decisions are increasingly being made based on what the businesses need to grow their business and generate profits, and not where and how the data is stored.

The storage, management, protection, and valuation of data will continue to be the heart of businesses large and small. Here, CRN looks at what to expect for the storage industry in 2021 and beyond. Click through our slideshow to read more.


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