Software defined storage
Storage in the data center is evolving rapidly, but solution providers should note that the transformation to SDS is happening at a more deliberate pace.
A full 81% are investing in virtual SANs, while 72 percent are investing in storage virtualization in 2015.
Just over half (52%) cited extending the life of existing storage and/or future-proofing storage infrastructure. Just under half (49%) cited lower costs and avoiding vendor lock-in. Meanwhile, 45% want simpler management.
Why adopt storage virtualization? 52% cited adding storage capacity without business disruption, followed by high availability and disaster recovery, each cited by 49%.
Determining actual storage requirements (34%) and slower storage performance (31%) were the top two most common challenges.
A full 61% blame the application itself while 46% cited legacy storage devices and 22% pointed to incompatible storage devices.
Human error was most commonly cited by 61%, followed by HVAC failure at a more distant 36%.
More than half (53%) still have less than 10 percent of their data running on flash storage. But 33% have 10% to 30% of their data on flash storage.
Nearly half (45%) said they are evaluating hyperconverged platforms; 21% said they are doing so to consolidate storage, compute and networking.
Nearly half (47%) are also evaluating public/hybrid cloud storage offerings. Disaster recovery (17%) and backup (16%) were cited as most significant reasons why.
57% are evaluating private cloud storage platforms, with business agility (19%) and a shift to self-service IT (18%) cited as top reasons for making the shift.
The top areas where IT firms don’t plan to spend money in 2015 include OpenStack (70%), followed by public cloud (55%) and both big data storage and object storage (each at 50%).
Nearly a quarter (24%) cited a failure to save money on cloud storage, while 21% cited the performance of hyperconverged systems.