Software-defined storage is becoming reality in the enterprise, as 95 percent of companies express an interest in the flexible storage approach. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds – 63 percent – say their organisation will begin to adopt a software-defined storage approach in the next 12 months, according to an international study of IT professionals commissioned and released by enterprise open source infrastructure solution provider SUSE.
Companies see business and technology advantages in software-defined storage, including:
Lower cost of ownership – 81 percent of respondents find the business case for software-defined storage to be powerful, with 72 percent evaluating their storage based on total cost of ownership over time. 73 percent agree every business is a storage business, magnifying the connection between data storage and critical business issues.
Higher levels of scalability – 96 percent of companies like the business scalability of software-defined storage, and 95 percent find its time, performance, technical and cost scalability appealing.
Increased performance – The main takeaway expected from software-defined storage is improved system performance, according to more than half of respondents (52%). Other expected benefits include facilitation of modern web, mobile and big data applications/services, reduced support/maintenance costs, support for innovation/open business models, and ease of deployment.
Keeping up with trending technology – More than half of respondents believe cloud adoption (54%) and big data analytics (50%) are major trends that will expedite the industry's shift to software-defined storage.
Awareness in software-defined storage also extends to the underlying technology, as 75 percent of companies would consider an open source approach to their storage infrastructure. 42 percent are already considering open source to meet their storage needs.
According to Gerald Pfeifer, SUSE Vice President of Products and Technology Programs, "It's no secret that data will continue to grow at an astounding pace, so it's imperative storage for that data be both scalable and affordable. This study confirms that businesses are actively seeking solutions to address this phenomenon, and software-defined storage meets the challenge. SUSE is leading the charge by helping customers manage this data with open source storage software that scales, and with a pricing model that is extremely attractive."
SUSE is collaborating with the Ceph open source project to deliver storage technology that's intelligent, scalable and leads the market in price and low-cost ownership.