Several trends can impact storage, server performance

Big data and cloud computing are significantly impacting the IT industry, but these developments can also affect companies' storage and server performance, according to a recent TechTarget report. The news provider spoke with several leading cloud vendors to get their take on how the cloud and information overload is influencing many areas of the IT landscape. The report explained that the cloud's elasticity makes it ideal for helping organizations with big data analysis, but how the technology is distributed can also cause issues. Robert Jenkins, co-founder and CTO of Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider Cloud Sigman, noted that companies running Hadoop clusters can strain their storage needs and, given that cloud performance is not up to par to keep pace with this development, businesses run into other problems. "The big problem with clouds is making the storage perform to a level that enables this kind of computing, and this would be the biggest reason why some people wouldn't use the cloud for big data processing," Jenkins told TechTarget. Jenkins encouraged businesses to use a combination of open-source and in-house platforms to build a tiered-storage architecture to improve performance. By spreading data among 50 or 100 servers instead of just one, the results will be better, according to the TechTarget report. Big data, cloud impacting IT confidence If there is one constant throughout the IT industry it's that the impact of big data and cloud computing is not expected to slow anytime soon, meaning companies' server and storage will undoubtedly be impacted as a result. IT nonprofit CompTIA's quarterly survey, the Industry Business Confidence Index, found that business confidence dipped 2.2 percentage points to 54.5 out of a possible 100. Research vice president Tim Herbert suggested that global economic recovery is one reason behind the current sentiment involving the IT industry. But where IT is thriving may be in the staffing sector, as more companies look to address emerging trends and technologies such as big data, cloud computing and others. CompTIA said that 32 percent of midsize organizations plan to increase their employee hiring. "As customers seek out new technology options in cloud computing, big data, business process automation, mobility and other areas, IT firms must be vigilant in maintaining high levels of expertise through internal training, new hires or both," Herbert said.

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