Gartner Research

Solutions to Avoid SDS Repeating SRM Problems

Published: 03 November 2014

ID: G00265523

Analyst(s): Dave Russell, Valdis Filks


The value proposition, functions and features of storage resource management are now being proposed as part of the software-defined storage trend. This research describes what present and future I&O users and buyers of SRM and SDS products need to consider when evaluating these products.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • IT storage managers will have their costs increased if they purchase new but immature SDS products to replace existing workflow automation and provisioning features available within today's SRM products
  • I&O managers will need new capital and operational budgets for SDS implementation projects because there are many hidden costs; implementation projects often require long, five- to six-figure professional services engagements
  • Server and storage managers will need to solve SDS integration issues such as vendor product API sharing and partnerships, which have never worked successfully or been solved

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