The storage market is in a unique position, in that there is demand from both the traditional HPC and enterprise storage markets, such as media and entertainment, alongside new growing markets for AI and machine learning. This has created huge potential to increase market share for storage vendors, as long as they can deliver the necessary performance required by HPC and AI users.
While storage volumes continue to increase dramatically, storage providers are trying to meet demand by increasing storage performance, while introducing more efficient methods of managing data across large multi-petabyte storage platforms.
Choosing the right system for a particular workflow is critical to getting the most out of storage technology. The traditional products associated with parallel file systems still persist, but now there is increasing competition from the cloud and all-flash storage arrays, which are becoming increasingly attractive to users at opposite ends of the hardware spectrum.