Trends to Watch in the World of Data Storage in 2017

There is consensus among IT experts that real-time information is becoming the standard for business operations. As small, medium-sized and even large corporations adopt more data collection technologies, their need for data storage also soars.

Big data and cloud computing appear to be trends that will continue to be witnessed in 2017 and beyond. The internet of things (IoT), a concept that indicates that businesses will have to deal with huge data traffic, will also play a critical role in mapping out the future of data storage.

Here are some of the trends that will dictate the world of data storage in 2017.


More Advances in Cloud Computing

Commissioning and maintaining a database is an expensive affair. Installing a database requires a lot of capital investment hardware and software, hiring IT personnel, establishing premises for housing the mainframes, and providing security to the database equipment.

It is likely that business will choose to use cloud computing service providers to meet their data storage needs. Companies will prefer to store data on a third party’s database and only access required information using graphical user interfaces (GUIs) provided by the cloud computing vendors.

In 2017 we are likely to see more companies choosing to subscribe to cloud computing than running databases themselves.


Restriction of Access to Data

With big data being adopted by most businesses, more data will be stored on a single, central database. The information will be accessed securely by authorized individuals only. Furthermore, information will be accessed on a need-to-know basis.

In other words, although all data will be stored on the same database and accessed by all, not all data will be accessible to all individuals. You will only access information that you are authorized to access. We should expect stronger administration access of data stored.

Therefore, data storage administrators are expected to set policies on access permission granted to various employees. The use of exfiltration monitoring is something that many businesses will invest in. Data recovery will also be easier since damaged hard drive repair services will not have to deal with multiple hard disk drives while retrieving lost data.


Need for Metadata Catalog Will Increase

Metadata Catalog is like an efficient mailing system for data retrieval. When a user queries the database, the metadata catalog helps to quickly find the specific information requested for by users and returns the reply.

Without metadata catalog, sifting through huge amounts of data can make the processing of requests very slow. Time wastage is something that must be avoided at all cost, and we should witness an increase in the use of metadata catalog platforms among organizations.



Data storage trends will be dictated by the huge amount of data collections organizations will have to process in the future. With the rise of the IOT, we can expect drones, buildings and even cars to be fitted with sensors that relay real-time data to a database.

Currently, the number of organizations that are decommissioning their databases in order to outsource the same services is already growing. This is expected to continue as the amount of data collected increases exponentially. Watch out for big data and cloud computing as the main drivers in the world of digital data storage in 2017.




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