Scale Up Storage Not Broken Yet


But Scale Out is the Long Term Winner

In this SDRNews interview, Langton Blue Ltd  Founder Chris Evans expands on his recent article in Computerweekly on the topic of types of storage architectures that are able to respond to the massive volume of data expected in IT environments over the next few years. He sees Scale-Out storage, where the storage infrastructure is loosely-coupled and expanded by adding nodes ,as the long term winner.

The introduction of storage area networks, iSCSI and Fibre Channel removed many of the physical barriers for storage and server connection, but issues such as multiple workloads on a storage asset, maintenance and upgrade complications increase with storage capacity.

Chris predicts that over the next five years that the Scale-Out technology will clearly gain traction on the replacement plans of most enterprise architects. He offers some predictions concerning specific companies that appear to be well positioned to help those plans.




Chris LI imageChris M. Evans is an independent consultant with Langton Blue, a London-based consultancy. He has worked in the IT industry since the late 1980s, after receiving a BSc (Hons) in computational science and mathematics from the University of Leeds. For most of the last 20 years, Chris has worked as an independent consultant, focusing on open systems storage and more recently virtualisation and cloud.  In addition to his consultancy work, Chris blogs at  and produces articles for online publications. You can contact him on twitter @chrismevans or via email at


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