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2016 Strategic Roadmap for Storage

Published: 13 June 2016

ID: G00302658

Analyst(s): Julian Tirsu , Alan Dayley , Julia Palmer , Raj Bala , Valdis Filks , Stanley Zaffos , Dave Russell, Santhosh Rao , Arun Chandrasekaran , Garth Landers , Robert Rhame, Pushan Rinnen


After decades of development, storage remains an expensive and hard-to-manage component of IT. IT leaders should leverage recent innovations focused on agility, autonomic operations and cost reduction to better align their storage capabilities with the needs of the digital business.

Table Of Contents


  • IT Agility
  • Cost Containment
  • Digital Business
  • Future State
    • Storage Will Be Defined by Agility, Performance, Extensibility and Cost
    • Cloud Storage Will Be Used Mainly as Part of Cloud-Native Workloads and/or IaaS Solutions
    • Digital Businesses Will Make Mode 1/Mode 2 Collaboration a Standard Practice
  • Current State
    • Storage, Data, and Performance Management Is Highly Complex
    • Public Cloud Storage May Not Be Cost-Effective as an Extension for On-Premises Workloads
    • Bimodal IT Is Emerging
  • Gap Analysis and Interdependencies
    • Storage Infrastructure Management Consumes Highly Skilled Staff Resources
    • Public Cloud Storage Services Lack Meaningful Uptime Guarantees and Many Functions Common to On-Premises Arrays
    • Many IT Departments Lack a Bimodal Vision, Operational Procedures or a Reskilled Staff to Support Bimodal IT
  • Migration Plan
    • Higher Priority
    • Medium Priority
    • Lower Priority


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