Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair is an analyst covering storage and data protection. He has a proven history in both the storage and data protection industries of investigating new technologies and designing business strategies for Fortune 500 technology companies.

Recent Posts by Scott Sinclair:

ESG Brief: A Data Center Revolution in Storage Technology

Abstract:

The storage technology landscape has evolved dramatically over the past few years. Data centers once dominated by SAN and NAS arrays now include all-flash arrays, software-defined storage, and even hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology. The introductions of these new technologies have fundamentally altered the storage technology landscape, changing the makeup of the data center, as well as the organizational structure and/or flexibility of the IT staffing. And these shifts may just be the early signs of the revolution in storage, as it moves away from multiple isolated technologies each with its own expert to fewer, more powerful, and automated technologies.

Topics: Storage Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Three Categories of Modern Software-defined Storage

Abstract:

The IT industry is currently enjoying a renaissance in enterprise storage technology innovation. While much of the excitement centers on the rise of all-flash storage, ability to deploy storage intelligence as software offers its own set of transformational benefits. Software-defined storage (SDS) technologies are changing the manner in which IT organizations are able to deploy and leverage storage intelligence.

Topics: Storage

ESG Research Report: Software-defined Storage (SDS) Market Trends

Abstract:

Find out what ESG research uncovered about the software-defined storage market when it surveyed IT decision makers for answers to questions like:

Topics: Storage

SDS: Hyperscale or Hyperconverged?

Abstract:

Excitement over software-defined storage (SDS) technology has created an interesting side effect; the term has been used so often and for such a wide variety of solutions that this excitement has also led to confusion. Currently, the term can refer to a myriad of different product types, each with its own set of benefits and considerations. While some storage vendors and industry experts have tried to define what SDS is, or more often what it isn’t, the fact is that many of the solutions leveraging the SDS qualifier offer value, albeit in different ways. This brief will focus on two different delivery models of SDS-based technologies that seek to replace traditional storage systems, hyperscale and hyperconverged, to help better understand the benefits and considerations.

Topics: Storage

SDS: Data Plane versus Control Plane

Abstract:

Excitement over software-defined storage (SDS) technology has created an interesting side effect; the term has been used so often and for such a wide variety of solutions that this enthusiasm has also led to confusion. Currently, the term SDS can refer to a myriad of different product types, each with its own set of benefits and considerations. While some storage vendors and industry experts have tried to define what SDS is, or more often what it isn’t, the fact is that many of the solutions leveraging the SDS qualifier offer value, albeit in different ways. This brief offers a primer for how to think about SDS and evaluate the various solutions.

Topics: Storage

SDS: Architecting a Unified Storage Control Plane

Abstract:

Excitement over software-defined storage (SDS) technology has created an interesting side effect; the term has been used so often and for such a wide variety of solutions that this enthusiasm has also led to confusion. Currently, the term SDS can refer to a myriad of different product types, each with its own set of benefits and considerations. While some storage vendors and industry experts have tried to define what SDS is, or more often what it isn’t, the fact is that many of the solutions leveraging the SDS qualifier offer value, albeit in different ways. This brief will focus on a segment of SDS-based technologies that serve primarily to consolidate and augment storage systems rather than replace them.

Topics: Storage

ESG Brief: Clearing the SDS Integration Hurdle

Abstract:

The emergence of public cloud services has been a wake-up call to the providers of on-premises storage solutions. As a result, a rising crop of storage solutions have emerged, including software-defined storage (SDS), seeking to rival cloud with greater agility and cost-effectiveness. While the ability to deploy storage as software is garnering excitement, some IT organizations find the concept of procuring storage software and hardware separately daunting. Inherent in software, however, is deployment flexibility. And some providers are finding ways to lower the hurdles of SDS-based storage deployment.

Topics: Storage