Containerisation and Cloud-native Apps Will Define the 2021 Data Storage Landscape.

Containers will transform solution architectures; their impact will be comparable to that of server virtualisation and cloud computing. Hybrid cloud DR will save millions of dollars.

Scality recently announced its data storage predictions for 2021, focusing on the rapid growth rate of cloud-native apps and containerisation. According to IDC, by 2023, over 500 million digital apps and services will be developed and deployed using cloud-native approaches. That is the same number of apps developed in total over the last 40 years.

"The accelerated growth of next-generation cloud-native digital apps and services will define new competitive requirements in every industry. Cloud native and containers are rapidly turning into the new blueprint for application development and underlying cloud infrastructure services," explains Giorgio Regni, CTO at Scality. "For the storage industry, the container trend represents a significant inflection point that will transform deployment architectures leveraging Kubernetes and container-native storage APIs. Its impact will be comparable to that of server virtualisation in the 2000s and cloud computing in the 2010s."

Scality's Chief Product Officer Paul Speciale added, "2021 will see a number of trends emerge as enterprise IT teams and storage vendors adapt in order to support the rise of cloud-native apps and the subsequent change in application and cloud infrastructure models."

Scality's predictions for 2021:

New container-centric storage solutions will emerge Storage vendors in 2021 will create solutions to address the increasing scale and agility demands of container-based services, including boot volumes and logs, transactional databases, application data over traditional file and new object APIs, as well as backup and long-term archives. New container-centric storage products will be developed to enable traditional data-centric applications, as well as object storage and backups, to access Container Storage Interface (CSI)-type persistent volumes and radically reduce the complexity of large-scale Kubernetes deployments.

Hybrid cloud data management will be adopted for disaster recovery.

Disaster Recovery (DR) across two physical data centres will no longer be required in 2021. Instead, hybrid cloud DR solutions that manage synchronized copies of critical data on-premises and in the public cloud will enable IT leaders to avoid the costs required to maintain and service two remote locations for DR, thereby...

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