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2016 Press Releases

December 29, 2016

Data Storage Trends: Will spinning disks be around in 2020?

The last several years in data recovery and data storage technology have seen faster flash storage technology, significant growth in deployments of hyper-converged storage and the proliferation of ransomware cases, according to Kroll Ontrack. In 2017, and beyond, we will be on the lookout for dynamic changes to technology used in data centres, more implementations of data encryption and an increased emphasis on enterprise information security.

Flash/SSD technology continues its proliferation in the storage technology market

As our personal devices get smaller and can store even more data, so too do enterprise storage technologies. Flash continues to transform the market at a blistering pace. While the cost of SSD continues to be higher than conventional storage, many enterprises are nonetheless taking a hybrid approach. At Kroll Ontrack, they have seen a 239 percent increase in the number of hybrid drives needing data recovery since 2014. Flash drives are often matched with more dated HDD technologies to save cost, but enterprises still reap the advantages of a storage technology that is quicker, higher density and requires less power.

Hyper-converged storage continues its ascent

In its list of 2015 trends, Kroll Ontrack described hyper-converged systems as a leading innovation to IT architecture that combines storage resources via software run on any manufacturer’s hardware and predicting continued adoption this year. While there are not many years of data to draw on, there has been an increase in customer inquiries about hyper-converged storage and related recoveries. Kroll Ontrack are seeing that recovery from these complex systems often needs a custom solution as data is fully integrated into the unit making it complex to gain sector-level access to the disks.

New storage configurations do not pose the only possible challenge when working with hyper-converged storage. While highly sophisticated, these latest systems have a more intuitive user interface and tend to be easier to set up and administer at first glance. As a result, organisations are hiring less specialised individuals to run hyper-converged storage systems. This indicates new challenges when backups need to be verified or when data loss occurs, for example. Nevertheless, look for enterprises to continue shifting data to hyper-converged storage environments because of their many benefits.

Ransomware cases on the rise, no downturn expected anytime soon

Stories of ransomware and associated data loss were rampant in 2016, with anyone being a prospective victim: hospitals, corporations, individuals and government entities were all prone or lost data in these attacks. Wearable technology is especially vulnerable as there can be little to no real security on your device.

As recommended by Jeff Pederson, Senior Manager for Data Recovery at Kroll Ontrack, “Turn to a trusted data recovery provider who is able to build a customized solution to recover your data without having to pay your victimisers. As data and devices continue to proliferate our lives in every way, know how to protect yourself. Set strong passwords and dispose of unneeded data. At Kroll Ontrack, we have a decryption process defined for 55 ransomware variants.”

High-quality encryption is the go-to standard for information security

The growth of ransomware attacks and other security vulnerabilities will see growing encryption adoption across many fields – not just government, finance and healthcare. Pederson further said, “Every organisation that stores sensitive information should take care to protect their data through encryption. To support more robust information security measures, data recovery companies will need to expend additional resources to solve encryption puzzles to recover lost data."

Information security professionals play a bigger role in enterprise IT decisions

Kroll Ontrack data recovery engineers have found a almost two-fold increase (60 percent growth) in onsite data recovery requests last year, mainly attributed to the increasing perception around data sensitivities. With extra focus on data security and complying with data protection regulations, information security has become a key decision maker in IT departments. Data security enforcement around sensitive credit card information and healthcare data, for example, results in more onsite work, security audits and background checks. Highly regulated industries are already interested in this conversation, but perceived sensitivities in other industries are increasing to dictate data recovery protocols.

Todd Johnson, Vice President, Data and Storage Technologies, Kroll Ontrack said, “Data privacy is a major consideration and Kroll Ontrack is committed to meeting customers’ changing demands. When the client permits, remote data recovery is a viable option to maintain organizational security and data privacy without going onsite.”