Gartner Research

2015 Strategic Road Map for Storage

Published: 19 March 2015

ID: G00274304

Analyst(s): Valdis Filks, Arun Chandrasekaran , Pushan Rinnen, Alan Dayley , Gene Ruth, Stanley Zaffos, Dave Russell, Garth Landers, Santhosh Rao


Storage has the potential to become more agile and elastic, be better integrated between on-premises and cloud environments, and support trends like bimodal IT. Storage managers and I&O leaders should prepare for a transitory phase in the next three to five years as management complexity increases.

Table Of Contents


  • Future State
    • Storage Will Be Defined by Agility and Elasticity
    • Public Cloud and SaaS Will Become a Well-Integrated Extension of, or Companion to, the On-Premises Storage Infrastructure
    • Bimodal IT Will Become a Standard Practice Across Enterprises, Impacting Storage
  • Current State
    • Storage and Data Management Is Highly Complex
    • Integration Between On-Premises Applications and Public Cloud Is Immature
    • Bimodal IT Is Emerging
  • Gap Analysis and Interdependencies
    • IT Infrastructure Needs Simplified Storage and Data Management
    • IT Staff Lacks Knowledge to Become a Concierge for Business Units to Adopt Storage IaaS and SaaS Solutions
    • IT Departments Need Staff Who Can Function as a Response Team to Help Business
  • Migration Plan
    • Short-Term Priority
    • Medium-Term Priority
    • Long-Term Priority

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