In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Scott Sinclair talks about ESG's upcoming research report on Software-defined Storage.
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Scott: As IT demands increase, traditional storage systems are quickly becoming too costly from both a capital and an operations perspective. Software defined storage offers an alternative. It provides businesses the ability to escape the confines of hardware infrastructure and deploy storage functionality in new and different ways. This flexibility, however, has also enabled IT vendors to increase the variety of solutions that fall under the SDS umbrella. Although this variety is ultimately a good thing, it has led to some confusion in the marketplace. We see some SDS solutions designed to replace storage arrays while others are designed to virtualize them. Some solutions enable greater scale while others such as hyperconverge allow for greater consolidation. You can see how this can start to become confusing.
At ESG we recently conducted an in depth research study of software defined storage with over 300 storage leaders. The results were eye opening. Participants were actually split on whether they were more interested in virtualizing existing arrays or replacing them. But, those further along in their SDS journey were more likely to want a software defined solution that replaces existing arrays. We saw differences in how IT organizations wish to pay for SDS as well with some wanting to pay per usage while others desired an open source model. As for the impact of SDS on existing storage footprints, our research has revealed that businesses have replaced nearly every form of storage with SDS from SAN arrays to the public Cloud. But, the top targets were backup and file environments. The most commonly identified benefit of SDS was the ability to deliver some much needed cost savings. I expect that to continue to fuel interest in SDS moving forward.