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: 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: Market Disruption: Next-generation Databases

Abstract:

The database market continues to be dominated by a handful of traditional, commercial, relational databases from a few major vendors. Or does it? ESG research shows increasing business adoption of next-generation database options, perhaps not always as direct replacements for old school choices, but definitely for more than just niche corner-case applications. Further, once new databases land a seed in new accounts, they tend to flourish and grow rapidly. The widespread adoption of NoSQL and NewSQL databases will have a profound impact and should be properly understood by buyers and vendors alike.

Topics: Storage Data Management

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: 2017 IT Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 641 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2016 IT spending as well as their 2017 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Management & Analytics Data Protection Networking IT Spending Intentions Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

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