IDC shows the top benefits, workloads, challenges and vendor considerations – Download PDF.
SDS frees your most valuable assets – your team and data to easily adapt to new workloads and enable to the cloud initiatives. SDS is also crucial for deploying multi-cloud on-demand consumption of public/private cloud resources.
- Reduce costs with analytics-driven data management
- Lower total cost of managing data retention with active archive data
- Increase the amount of data that can be stored by virtualizing mixed environments
Excerpt from IDC Whitepaper: Software- Defined Storage – Opportunities for the Enterprise
Enterprises are singularly focused on a digital transformation journey — one that requires a gradual but consistent transformation in all aspects of how a firm operates. Maintaining a competitive edge is mandatory and requires internal and external processes that allow the firm to bring new products and services to market faster, provide an unparalleled customer service experience, and respond to market trends in an agile manner.
IT infrastructure transformation is a crucial requirement for enterprises to successfully execute on their digital transformation strategy. For example, it requires enterprises to embrace develop and/or deploy next-generation applications; embrace newer methodologies such as DevOps; and prepare for hybrid cloud. The infrastructure for this digital world has to be software defined and in lockstep with these newer applications and methodologies. In other words, it needs to be agile, scale on demand, and be operations friendly. Storage is a core component of software-defined infrastructure (SDI) and therefore deserves the same level of attention as other aspects of SDI, such as compute and networking.
Figures 1–4 (refer to the Appendix section) illustrate the findings from IDC’s August 2015 Software Defined Infrastructure Survey . Findings include the following:
- SDI is broadly recognized as an important option for datacenter infrastructure, especially among firms that are well under way on their digital transformation journey.
- Among centralized IT, SDI is generally viewed as an evolutionary extension of virtualization and integrated systems. Line-of-business IT and application developers often view SDI differently and are open to considering SDI for a wide range of new and existing workloads, including mission-critical tier 1 workloads, provided there are derived benefits.
- Benefits and selection criteria focus on improved control, productivity, cost savings, and agility. The areas that are closely examined for tangible benefits include capex/opex spend, adoption of public cloud and converged infrastructure, and IT staff productivity. The lack of in-house IT skills and cost of migration are major concerns.
Implementing SDI requires many of the stated goals to be realized (to a varying degree of course) in the core layers of the infrastructure stack: compute, networking, and storage. In fact, a majority of organizations are looking at all three core aspects of the infrastructure.
Storage is particularly critical because it is the only layer that deals with data persistence. Data is not just handled as a transient entity; it “lives” here. Higher development costs associated with custom hardware design and the resulting impact on the time to market of the solution have pushed suppliers to shift their development efforts toward software solutions that run on industry – standard (aka commodity off-the-shelf [COTS])
hardware. A common manifestation of this hardware in the datacenter is in the form of x86-based servers with standard computing, networking and, of course, storage components. In fact, one could argue that in the software-defined era, hardware platform commonality translates to the delivery of computing, networking, and storage services via industry-standard servers. Data persistence is a must for any solution to be classified as “storage,” software defined or otherwise…..Read More
Like a city, your data center is full of moving parts – a network of systems that rely on one another. Making the right choice of software-defined storage solution can mean the difference between gridlock and a smooth transition to a more flexible infrastructure.
In this short video ESG Senior Analyst Mark Peters peels back some of the confusion surrounding SDS (software-defined storage). While listing some of the many possible implementation scenarios for SDS, he explains that the ultimate driver for any user must be their needs. As such it is helpful to work with a vendor such as IBM with a comprehensive range of SDS offerings.
Do you want to read more? – – Software-Defined Storage for Dummies – This book tells the story of software-defined storage, introduces IBM Spectrum Storage, and provides info on how it can help your business.