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Software-Defined Storage and Hyperconverged Infrastructure in 2016

James Green

Software defined storage and hyperconverged infrastructure are technologies taking the data center by storm. Both software defined storage (SDS) and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) have emerged as solutions intended to solve a storage problem.  They have entered the market mainstream as forceful options for consideration.  Both bring heretofore unheard of levels of simplicity while also helping to turn the data center economic picture on its head.  Rather than buying three to five years’ worth of storage, data center administrators can take more of a “just in time” approach to storage thanks to the easy scalability opportunities that present themselves with these architectural options.

HCI-SDS-2016-Report-CoverWith great interest in these technologies, we sought to understand what businesses think of each.  To that end, we surveyed more than 1,200 IT professionals and business decision makers to get their thoughts around these technologies and how adopters are using them.  The Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCIS) and Software-Defined Storage (SDS) 2016 Survey report is the culmination of that effort.

Highlights

  • HCI and SDS are coming in force. A full 71% of the survey respondents either have adopted or are targeting adoption of these technologies in the next 2-3 years.
  • Disk is dying. 19% of respondents intend to fully decommission all-disk storage systems in the near future.
  • Data storage needs are growing rapidly. Most organizations surveyed are seeing a 10% to 30% annual data growth rate. However, a number of companies see much higher rates, even 50% or 100%.
  • HCI and SDS adoption is going well. We surveyed adopters about their experience and found that in almost every area, people have had a better experience – or at least a comparable one – with software defined storage and hyperconverged infrastructure than they did with whatever they had before.

Get the Full Report

The full report is now available for download. Be sure to

get your hands on a copy! We believe this is currently the largest and most detailed account of adoption, buying criteria and use cases for HCI and SDS. The report provides IT organizations with critical insights on how HCI and SDS

technologies are being used, actual experiences from the field and the future plans of data center leaders from around the world. Download your copy here:

Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCIS) and Software-Defined Storage (SDS) 2016 Survey

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