Gartner Research

Multivendor SDS: A Complex and Costly Myth

Published: 21 September 2015

ID: G00278814

Analyst(s): Valdis Filks, Dave Russell


SDS promises to reduce hardware dependency, but it also increases storage software lock-in, which is even more difficult to extricate from. SDS vendors have shown little intention to interoperate with each other, so I&O leaders must learn to reduce SDS implementation risks and costs.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • IT leaders have seen limited interoperability between SDS products, because vendor-neutral standards haven't garnered much support from the major vendors
  • IT leaders will require increased storage budgets for support and maintenance when implementing multivendor SDS solutions

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