On the tech front, DataCore asked what primary capabilities IT pros would like from their storage infrastructure when virtualizing storage. A majority (83%) replied that business continuity from high availability is the top concern (metro clustering, synchronous mirroring), while 73% of respondents replied that enabling storage capacity expansion without disruption is a primary capability of importance. Cost efficiency and disaster recovery (asynchronous replication to remote site) also ranked high, coming in at 65% and 60%, respectively.
Additional highlights of DataCore’s annual survey include:
* Hyperconverged storage adoption is lower than expected: A majority of respondents said they were either not considering hyperconverged at all (33%) or were strongly considering it but haven’t deployed it yet (34%). Twenty percent of respondents said that they have a few nodes; 7% are in major deployments; and 6% are standardized on it.
* Flash adoption: As prevalent as flash has become, only a small number of respondents reported a large amount of storage capacity assigned to it. Just 3% of respondents said that flash storage will account for almost all (90%-100%) of their storage capacity in 2017, while 7% said flash would account for more than half (51%-89%) of capacity. Roughly 62% of respondents fell within the category of having less than 10% to 20% of total capacity assigned to flash, DataCore found. Fourteen percent aren’t using flash at all.
* Spending on software-defined storage is on the rise: 16% of respondents said that software-defined storage represented 11-25% of their budget, and 13% said that it made up more than 25% of their allocated budget for storage. When asked about the top business drivers for implementing software-defined storage, respondents cited the opportunity to simplify management of different models of storage (cited by 55%), to future-proof infrastructure (53%), to avoid hardware lock-in from storage manufacturers (52%), and to extend the life of existing storage assets (47%).
DataCore’s report, titled State of Software-Defined Storage, Hyperconverged and Cloud Storage, is available for download here.
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