This is it, the final entry of the year for Storage Switzerland and where we announce the top 5 articles for 2014. But before we do, we want to wish all our readers a safe New Year’s Eve and a fantastic 2015. Unlike the other articles in our Top 15 countdown, the top 5 focused mostly on how storage is evolving and the future of storage.
5. The number 5 read article in 2014, “Application Defined Cache Acceleration”, discussed how caching needed to evolve to become more application aware. Each application reads and writes data differently and if the cache can evolve to each use case, it can become more efficient and reduce the size of the flash storage investment.
4. The number 4 read article was a surprisingly controversial article. “The Problems with Server-Side Storage, Like VSAN” was posted soon after VSAN moved out of beta and became a GA (generally available) product. While we think VSAN has a role to play in the data center, it does have some areas of concern that IT planners should be aware of.
3. Another future-focused article was our third most read, “How Will Storage Controller Technology Evolve in 2014?”. This article focused on the engine of the storage system, the storage controller and how it might change in 2014. In it we talked about hyper-converged storage, software defined storage and what legacy systems must do to keep pace with these new trends.
2. Our second most read article, “What is Latency? And How is it Different from IOPS?” was not future focused at all, but instead provided a simple explanation of the difference between two performance metrics that confuse many in IT.
1. Our top-read article, “The Future of the Storage Business” discussed how the storage industry is evolving into a more software-centric business that leverages off-the-shelf hardware. This approach creates a do-it-yourself environment that may be challenging for many IT staffs that are stretched too thin. Striking a balance is critical and in this article we discuss how.