Software-Defined Storage Appearing in Production Deployments Across Organizations of All Types and Sizes
This IDC study discusses what is driving software-defined storage (SDS) deployments in the enterprise, exploring the business and technical benefits thereof. It draws upon IDC survey data and in-depth end-user interviews from August 2015 and augments that with subsequent deployment experiences gleaned from additional interactions with end users and market developments since then. This document will help end users understand the top purchase criteria for SDS, highlight customers' expectations for the technology, and identify (for those customers who have specifically decided not to deploy it) the top concerns that have precluded its use."Software-defined storage promises reduced costs, improved agility, and easier management relative to more hardware-defined legacy architectures that make it an excellent fit for 3rd Platform computing environments," said Eric Burgener, research director for Storage at IDC. "It is used extensively for workload consolidation, and we are seeing an increasing number of organizations using it with what they consider to be mission-critical workloads when they deem the deployment model to be a good fit with their applications."