Gartner Research

The Impact of Increased SDS Product Offerings on I&O Leaders

Published: 02 October 2017

ID: G00315536

Analyst(s): John McArthur , Valdis Filks

Summary

With SDS vendors going out of business, initial SDS promises aren't being achieved due to lower-cost storage arrays with simpler and transparent integrated administration. I&O leaders must leverage SDS buyer choice and solidify vendor guarantees to increase their chances of a successful SDS project.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Because initial SDS promises are not being achieved, I&O leaders are demanding performance, agility and storage efficiency guarantees from infrastructure SDS vendors on management SDS products and projects
  • The most effective SDS "sweet spot" to reduce costs is infrastructure SDS, especially for I&O leaders in large, highly skilled IT departments that are using BYOS to reduce costs
  • The two- to three-year Intel CPU upgrade cycle for server-based SDS forces I&O leaders to frequently migrate storage on Intel-based SDS servers, creating software and hardware interoperability challenges

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