GovDataDownload recently visited with Lee Vorthman, CTO of federal civilian agencies for NetApp, who shared with them a quick look back at top technology trends in 2013, as well as his predictions for 2014.
Among other topics, he shared his thoughts about Flash, which progressed to the cusp of mainstream adoption in 2013. He predicts it will continue to grow in popularity in 2014 because it offers faster data access, less heat and less power consumption. Flash is definitely the next frontier when it comes to the highest performance data storage, according to Vorthman. As more and more vendors got into Flash throughout 2013, costs have come down, and lower cost will help it gain traction in the New Year.
Mobility and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) were major themes in 2013 as well, and will continue to challenge government IT staffs in 2014. Another big theme this year will be portability of data in the cloud, and the desire for more open source storage solutions.
Cost savings was a common theme. It was an important factor in technology decision-making around technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN) in 2013, and it will continue to be at the forefront in 2014 as agencies examine options for the cloud, data storage and other technologies.
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