Gartner Research

Top Five Use Cases and Benefits of Software-Defined Storage

Published: 01 April 2016

ID: G00301082

Analyst(s): Julia Palmer , Dave Russell


Software-defined storage offers potential benefits to I&O leaders looking to increase storage solution flexibility and reduce costs. We highlight common SDS use cases and provide an overview of its benefits, limitations and vendor landscape.

Table Of Contents


  • Infrastructure SDS Use Cases
    • Use Case 1: Storage Platform TCO Reductions Through On-Demand Scalability and Exploitation of Commodity Hardware Resources
    • Use Case 2: Performance Improvement by Optimizing and Aggregating Storage I/O
  • Management SDS Use Cases
    • Use Case 3: Better Provisioning and Automation of Storage Resources
    • Use Case 4: Robust Utilization, Management and Life Cycle of Heterogeneous Storage Array
    • Use Case 5: Tight Alignment of Storage With Broader Infrastructure Software Management
  • Potential Concerns
  • Appendix
    • Adoption Rate and Interest in SDS Technology

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