GCC organisations need to prioritise data storage
With the total volume of data created and copied annually to reach 44tn gigabytes, Middle East organisations will to focus on implementing enhanced storage technology and strategies
According to Condo Protego, companies in the GCC will need to begin looking into enhancing its storage strategies in order to prepare for a sharp increase of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT).
The storage and data protection company believes that traditional storage methods will soon be unable to match the rate of growth of data.
Pointing to figures produced by market intelligence provider International Data Corporation (IDC), IoT will comprise of approximately two billion autonomous objects or devices, connected to networks by 2018. By that time, the total value of IoT across the CEMA region will exceed $50bn.
IDC also reported that by 2020, the total volume of data created and copied annually will reach roughly 44tn gigabytes.
Andrew Calthorpe, CEO of Condo Pretego commented: “Companies will need to make sure they have the correct storage strategies in place now, because they will be overwhelmed in the next few years if they don't."
The digitisation of industry will also pave the way for connected machine-to-machine communications. Potentially any type of hardware from HVACS to consumer appliances will be affected - and this development also introduces new risks.
While connected home appliances would help manage energy usage and shopping habits, the technology could also potentially expose the end-user’s personal information. The implication would present a number of regulatory challenges.
“Storage architectures will need to become much more dynamic and able to respond rapidly to business requirements," explains Calthorpe.
He adds: "We are already seeing companies in the Middle East adopting new strategies, such as taking a software-defined data centre approach to storage, and virtualising infrastructure needs."