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Most acute storage pain points, letdowns

Ann Bednarz | June 15, 2017
Relentless data growth remains a top tech headache, but it’s not the only challenge storage pros face.

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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