The shifting currents in IT infrastructure were at the heart of the keynote by Enterprise Strategy Group founder and senior analyst, Steve Duplessie, at the Implementing Information Infrastructure Symposium 2011 held in Sydney.
Duplessie highlighted the growing amount of data companies need to deal with and problems connected with back-up.
With all of this data, Duplessie has seen storage become the hottest topic in the IT market
“Everything in IT emanates from storage,” Duplessie said.
“Storage is the foundation, and if it isn’t foundational, everything else is meaningless.”
While storage still forms a small part of IBM and HP’s business, Duplessie said that Dell is serious about the space and has been “buying its way into the enterprise”.
The pros and cons of using Flash memory for servers, networks and arrays was covered in the keynote, with Duplessie expecting scaling out to continue and become more and more the status quo.
Back-up was seen by Duplessie as being broken because data growth is killing traditional methodologies, though virtualisation was identified as the catalyst to find new ways of solving the problem
When talking about the best ways to make use of the cloud, Duplessie emphasised a hybrid approach to back-up, with disaster recover being enabled through virtualisation and mobility.
Other observations made by Duplessie included that the penetration of virtualisation remained low and there was room for improvement in system management.
Security was also singled out as a major problem for IT administration which was going to become more serious as endpoint devices become hack points.
“Companies need to realise that they can’t keep the bad guys out and data needs to be encrypted all the time,” Duplessie said.