The Rise of Hybrid Storage

HybridStorage_blog_main_646x300At the current rate of doubling every two years, the digital universe will grow from 4.4 trillion GB in 2013 to 44 trillion GB by 2020. As this occurs, and more users require access to storage networks, storage infrastructures are struggling to meet demand for both capacity and performance. IT professionals are being asked to respond to these challenges by implementing more capable solutions, yet are seeing their available budgets remain the same or even decrease. These factors have caused the rapid ascent of a growing technology—hybrid storage.

As its name suggests, hybrid storage combines two types of disk drives: solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDD). SSDs offer incredibly high performance, but they cost a fortune. HDDs, on the other hand, offer higher capacities and more stability at a lower price – but do so in a slower fashion. By combining SSD and HDD technology, organizations can realize the best of both worlds, using HDDs to store infrequently used data and SSDs to exclusively manage frequently used data and serve applications requiring higher performance.

Clearly, hybrid storage is here to stay. By 2017, annual hybrid storage revenue is expected to double from $7B in 2013 to $14B and represent 45 percent of the entire storage market. Imation’s Nexsan NST hybrid storage solution is one of the products leading the way in this market today, helping organizations improve their productivity and advance performance.

To learn more about Imation’s NST hybrid storage solution, please visit our NST webpage. You can also view and download this infographic to see more statistics like the ones above.