Cloud storage companies are peeling away everything but the bytes
More learnings from the IDC Enterprise Disk Storage Consumption Model report:
Since 2005, the Cloud’s share of storage capacity has grown from less than 5% to almost 20%. Yet the Cloud’s share of storage revenue has risen to only about 5% in the same time period.
How can “Content Depots”, as IDC calls them, build data centers for one fourth the cost (storage-wise) of conventional corporate data centers?
They use more high-capacity SATA drives, but that’s only part of the answer. Rather than using off-the-shelf enterprise storage systems, they are often building their own storage system/server contraptions to strip away anything that doesn’t add value as a big bucket for internet bits.
Granted, these systems aren’t going to support your everyday ERP system. But these changes should be watched closely. Innovation by these end-users will migrate back to the rest of the industry to give us all more bytes per buck.
It already is – in many of the latest greatest storage upstarts’ products.