DataCore Releases “State of Software Defined Storage” Report

Last week, we wrote about DataCore’s recent release of v10.0 of their flagship SANsymphony-V software-defined storage product. The features and functionality in the new release were, no doubt, driven in part by the research DataCore has done, as reflected in their recently released fourth annual survey of global IT professionals – conducted to identify current storage challenges and the forces that are driving demand for software-defined storage. Here are some of the highlights from that survey, which can be downloaded in its entirety from the DataCore Web site:

  • 41% of respondents said that a primary factor that impedes organizations from considering different models and manufacturers of storage devices was the plethora of tools required to manage them.
  • 37% of respondents said that the difficulty of migrating between different models and generations of storage devices was also a major impediment.
  • 39% of respondents said that these issues were not a concern for them, because they were utilizing independent storage virtualization software to pool different devices and models of storage devices from different manufacturers and manage them centrally.
  • Despite all the talk about the “all flash data center,” more than half of the respondents (63%) said that they currently have less than 10% of their capacity assigned to flash storage.
  • Nearly 40% of respondents said they were not planning to use flash or SSDs for server virtualization projects because of cost concerns.
  • 23% of respondents ranked performance degradation or the inability to meet performance expectations as the most serious obstacle when virtualizing server workloads; 32% ranked it as somewhat of an obstacle.
  • The highest-ranking reasons that organizations deployed storage virtualization software were the improvement of disaster recovery and business continuity (32%) and the ability to enable storage capacity expansion without disruption (30%).

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