Cloud storage and flash storage capacity are expected to be the significant changes when it comes to the top data storage trends of 2017. Although the NAND shortage, as explained in a previous post, will impact flash-storage device availability, the technology is already in place. Let’s take a closer look at what impact the cloud and flash storage will have on supply chain operations in the coming year, according to CRM.com.
Cloud storage is widely embraced for its simulation-like benefits. However, it has much more potential for improving supply chain efficiencies than many realize. While the cloud is an ideal place to run advanced algorithms that would otherwise wear down computer processors that alone will not cause more companies to embrace it. Instead, it goes back to something as simple as a back-up storage site.
The cloud empowers companies with extreme security features, including 256-bit AES encryption, such that if a disruption occurs—such as a natural disaster—the cloud can be leveraged to maintain and restore operations immediately. Moreover, its internet-based nature means that companies with multiple locations could transfer essential activities to another location seamlessly after a catastrophe. Furthermore, the cloud can be further utilized to give companies wiggle room when additional storage is needed to store data temporarily, enabling companies to accommodate the highest peaks of shipping volume.
Flash storage is more than a fad; it is an essential aspect of life for anyone using a computer. Even school-age children are required to have small-storage, handheld flash drives in many educational institutions — but the real story behind flash technology will be greater data capacity. In the not-to-distant future 32-terabyte and 64-terabyte flash drives are expected to arrive with 3.25-inch form factors. In other words, more data will be contained in a device smaller than paperback book than the most advanced computers from first decade of the millennium.
Even the ideal, 2.5-inch form factor flash drives are expected to break the 20-terabyte threshold this year. Paired with the larger-capacity flash drives, supply chain companies have the option of moving entire CRM databases and comprehensive operational resources to these devices. Thus, working remotely, even without consistent, reliable internet access will become more of a reality for companies in the tech industry. Additionally, most companies selling data storage devices are likely to convert exclusively to all-flash sales this year.
The surge in data storage capacity will not be something that changes how your company operates overnight. But, it will redefine your company’s storage and data retrieval strategy. In addition, you might begin to look at a pairing of cloud storage with flash storage to provide superior data storage solutions for your company. If you can reap the benefits of plenty of storage, while keeping information in the cloud accessible and ready for disaster recovery, you can expand operations in the global supply chain with less risk and fewer opportunities for error. Speaking of pairing existing solutions, some aspects of the storage industry will consolidate, but that will be discussed in greater detail in Part III of this series.
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