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IT Leaders Can Benefit From Disruptive Innovation in the Storage Industry

Published: 29 October 2013

ID: G00255093

Analyst(s): Dave Russell, Arun Chandrasekaran


As disruptive forces such as software-defined storage and public cloud gain momentum, IT leaders need to recalibrate their storage strategies to benefit from lower total cost of ownership and reduce vendor lock-in. We analyze the impact of key disruptive innovations and how to benefit from them.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Decreasing risks and costs will catapult hybrid cloud storage services mainstream, appealing to business and IT managers, and enabling agility and scalability at lower costs
  • Cost and complexity issues will drive storage managers to deploy new products from new vendors that offer workload-optimized storage solutions
  • Innovations in software will cause data center managers to deploy software-defined storage offerings to improve agility and QoS while optimizing costs
  • Rapid pace of innovation and growing industry support are propelling open-source platforms to the top of infrastructure managers' and business managers' shortlists for cloud and big data workloads

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