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DataCore Software has announced the findings of its eighth consecutive market survey, ‘Storage Diversity Seen as Imperative to IT Modernisation Efforts’, which explores the data storage industry’s needs and thoughts regarding technology maturity, 2020 budget planning, current and future deployment plans and more. The survey polled 550 IT professionals across a range of markets to understand the expectations and experiences of those who are currently using or evaluating a variety of data storage infrastructures, including software-defined storage (SDS), hyperconverged, block, file, object and cloud storage, to solve critical data storage challenges.

The report reveals that the top three capabilities that respondents want from their storage infrastructure - but feel that they are not currently receiving - are high availability, business continuity / disaster recovery, and capacity expansion without disruption. Limited flexibility was also the top reported technology disappointment or false start that respondents have encountered in their storage infrastructures.

Businesses have been struggling with unprecedented data growth for years, and the problem is getting worse. Furthermore, the need for speed, agility, and efficiency is pushing demand for modern IT infrastructure solutions that can lower costs while providing new levels of scale, quality, and operational efficiency.

This is more prevalent than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the economy and creating game-changing rules for technologies, as well as causing hardware shortages and budget reductions. As a result of these numerous market forces, companies have no choice but to find ways to get more out of their existing storage resources. This is fueling an industry-wide shift toward software-defined infrastructure to help enable storage to be smarter, more effective, and easier to manage. The survey found that 64 percent of survey respondents fell within the range of ‘strongly considering’ to ‘standardising’ on software-defined storage, illustrating that SDS has become a mature technology in use at the majority of IT departments.

Additional highlights of the survey include:

  • 73 percent of respondents have more than one data centre / center and 81 percent have more than one storage vendor. Heterogeneous storage infrastructure is a fact of life in most IT departments - and the problems that come with this type of diversity are numerous.
  • Block storage is a principal investment priority in terms of powering high-performance, mission-critical applications such as databases and other enterprise applications, as well as serving as primary storage.
  • Roughly half of the market is looking to software-defined storage or hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to satisfy primary and secondary storage requirements for the future - reflecting the increasing movement toward software-defined infrastructure to address many of the industry’s pain points.
  • 86 percent of respondents agreed that predictive analytics is important in simplifying and automating storage management.

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