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Storage

1 - Business Drivers for Software-Defined StorageBusiness Drivers for Software-Defined Storage

Simplifying the management of different classes of storage tops the list, at 26%, followed by future-proofing IT infrastructure, at 21%.

2 - Challenges With New Storage ModelsChallenges With New Storage Models

The need for different management tools is the top challenge, at 41%, with 39% saying there is no issue because they have already adopted virtualization.

3 - How Much of an Issue Is PerformanceHow Much of an Issue Is Performance

Only about 17% cite performance as a series obstacle with 30% citing it as somewhat of an obstacle.

4 - Amount of Capacity Assigned to Flash StorageAmount of Capacity Assigned to Flash Storage

Just over 60% say they have less than 10% of their data running in flash.

5 - Use of Flash Memory and SSDs in Virtual EnvironmentsUse of Flash Memory and SSDs in Virtual Environments

While there’s no clear consensus on where to deploy flash memory, 39% say they are still not planning to use flash due to cost concerns.

6 - Importance of On-Demand Capacity ExpansionImportance of On-Demand Capacity Expansion

Slightly more than 70% ascribe some level of importance to having this capability.

7 - Importance of Disaster Recovery When Adopting SDSImportance of Disaster Recovery When Adopting SDS

A little less than 70% ascribe some level of importance to having this capability.

8 - Steps Taken to Reduce Downtime Due to StorageSteps Taken to Reduce Downtime Due to Storage

Well over half have adopted RAID on servers, followed by a little less than half using clusters between two data centers.

9 - Major Differences Between Direct-Attached Storage and SANsMajor Differences Between Direct-Attached Storage and SANs

Well over 60% say the price charged per GB is different, followed by different provisioning tools (58%) and different data protection schemes (57%).