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2008: Hu Yoshida's storage predictions

And they are:

1. Increasing Use of Archiving
2. Awareness of Storage Deficiencies
3. Data Mobility will be a Key Requirement
4. Control Unit Virtualisation of Storage
5. Services Oriented Storage
6. Convergence of Content, File, and Block based Storage Services
7. Thin Provisioning
8. Deduplication


Quoting:

With increasing concern about global warming, 2008 will see more governments impose guidelines and legislation around carbon emissions and major corporations will set targets for reduction of carbon emissions. A major source of carbon emissions comes from the generation of electricity and the increasing demand for compute power, network bandwidth and storage capacity will increase the need for data centre power and cooling.

The US government just completed a study which estimated that the IT sector consumed about 61 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2006 (1.5 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption) for a total electricity cost of about USD 4.5 billion.

This number is expected to double in the next 5 years.


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