Mark Peters

Mark Peters

Mark Peters is an ESG senior analyst focused on storage systems. His particular areas of emphasis are block and unified storage systems, virtualized storage, all types of solid-state storage, and the emerging opportunities represented by “software-defined storage.”

Recent Posts by Mark Peters:

ESG Brief: Convergence and Storage: Competition or Coexistence?

Abstract:

The growing adoption of converged and hyperconverged IT infrastructure is having a significant impact on traditional storage systems and the professionals who support and manage them. These solutions are likelier to be deployed in more complex—or at least diverse—storage environments, and are increasingly used to support existing workloads rather than just net-new applications. At the same time, storage specialists are losing their grip on the authority to decide what storage is used in CI/HCI implementations. While the full extent of change toward a more converged IT infrastructure has likely not yet occurred, nonetheless for storage specialists, the writing appears to be on the (data center) wall.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure

ESG Brief: Flash Storage: Growth, Acceptance, and the Rise of NVMe

Abstract:

Solid-state storage (that’s invariably flash today) continues to be adopted across IT, delivering not only performance benefits, but also other key data center benefits such as reliability, cost per I/O, and TCO savings. In terms of the overall storage environment, however, flash still has room to grow, as storage decision makers currently perceive that solid-state-level performance is only required by a subset of their workloads. Looking ahead, the industry is anticipating NVMe-based solid-state implementations, with the expectation that these new storage offerings will overtake not only the more traditional solid-state… but possibly even the larger storage networks themselves.

Topics: Storage flash solid state storage

ESG Brief: 2017 Storage Trends: Challenges and Spending

Abstract:

ESG recently completed a detailed research study into the state of the enterprise storage industry, and the results reveal an industry attempting to find balance in a “hybrid-cloud-defined” IT industry. Not surprisingly, on-premises storage infrastructure deployments continue to face pressure from the rising adoption of public cloud services. However, could storage innovations—such as flash, software-defined storage, and object storage—as well as converged infrastructures that can deliver substantial benefits, entice more IT decision makers to keep workloads on-premises?

Topics: Storage cloud IT Spending Intentions

ESG Brief: The Winds of Storage System Spending Change

Abstract:

According to a recent study of data storage system buyers, 95% of midmarket and enterprise organizations have been either maintaining a consistent year-over-year spending level for disk storage systems or even accelerating these investments. While there are undoubtedly significant changes on the horizon for the data storage industry, ESG’s research suggests that a number of these disruptive trends and forces are already affecting storage system spending.

Topics: Storage

ESG Brief: Implications of Integrating the Dell and EMC Storage Portfolios

Abstract:

ESG recently surveyed 200 storage decision makers about their attitudes towards—and expected actions resulting from—Dell’s acquisition of EMC. This research found that Dell and/or EMC storage customers—and even non-customers—are overwhelmingly bullish about the possibility of a combined Dell-EMC in terms of more traditional data storage offerings, as well as increasingly appealing converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions.

Topics: Storage

ESG Brief: Data Storage Spending Trends, 2016 and Beyond

Abstract:

According to ESG’s annual IT spending intentions survey, 85% of midmarket and enterprise organizations will increase or maintain their spending on storage infrastructure in 2016. While this is generally positive for the storage industry, a number of disruptive trends and forces look to be an imminent cloud on this immediate silver lining.

Topics: Storage