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Market Trends: Block-and-File Software-Defined Storage

Published: 31 August 2015

ID: G00276450

Analyst(s): Roger W. Cox


Software-defined storage promises to change the economics of enterprise storage infrastructures. Whether deployed independently or as an element of a hyperconverged integrated system, SDS will likely alter how SDS product marketing leaders buy and deploy enterprise storage.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • The Software-Defined Storage Market Is Fragmented With Growth Potential
  • Market Structure Trend
    • Software-Defined Storage Market Segments
  • Buyers' Trend
    • Buyers' IT Professionals Seeking More Cost-Effective Storage Solutions
    • Software-Defined Storage Creates a New Storage Cottage Industry
  • Regional Trend
    • Mature Markets Are Key Drivers for Software-Defined Storage
  • Technology Trend
    • The Power of Multicore Intel x86 Processor Eliminates Hardware Differentiation

Contrarian View

  • SDS Headwinds
    • SDS Is Not Well-Understood
    • Risk-Averse Users Encumber Mainstream Adoption of SDS
    • SDS Infrastructure Integration
    • Disaggregated Service and Support Heightens Potential System Availability Risk
    • Alternative Solutions Dilute SDS Value Proposition

Vendors to Watch

  • Atlantis Computing
  • DataCore Software
  • EMC
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Maxta
  • Nexenta
  • Open-E
  • Red Hat
  • VMware

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