One of the biggest movements in enterprise storage these days is the idea of  storage tiers.  The fact that data now has a relative level of importance and the need for systems to automatically ascertain what pieces of data are most important and least important.  Such importance is often defined by usage.

In the enterprise space, there is now 4 storage tiers:

Well, this trend is not only reserved for the enterprise. Even consumers are now deploying tiered storage techniques at home.  I know I am.

Take for instance the introduction of consumer SSD or even Hybrid drive technology.  The use of flash in consumer devices has largely created a tiered storage environment for many home users. Take for instance my tiers:

Now, factor in the tablet craze…

The fact of the matter is that we as home users are also “ranking” our content, our data.  We put the most important stuff on SSD (or in the case of Hybrid, the drive does it for us). We put the stuff we access more frequently on local storage, and less frequently on external storage. Finally, we back it all up on either another external device, or a Home NAS.

And to think I actually have something in common with a Fortune 500 company.

What are your tiers?

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