2021-22 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS Block Storage Solutions Report Now Available

DCIG is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the inaugural DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS Block Storage Solutions report. This report provides guidance on the TOP 5 software-defined storage (SDS) providers organizations should consider for hybrid cloud SDS block storage solutions.
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Background: SDS – Factors Driving Adoption

The growth of SDS is part of a broader transition to the software-defined data center, where infrastructure elements such as compute, storage, and networking are abstracted and virtualized. Increasing SDS capabilities, along with the demand for flexibility and agility, fuels SDS demand. Trending at a compound growth rate of 27%, the SDS market is expected to grow to $42.79 billion by 2024.
Factors contributing to the growth of SDS include:

  • Agility and optionality. Organizations can deploy and configure SDS solutions where and how they want using their preferred server provider, which may differ from their preferred storage software vendor. Expanded deployment options open up within virtual and cloud platforms as SDS solutions free enterprises from particular hardware vendors and infrastructures.
  • Increasingly powerful hardware. Advances in underlying system hardware, including multicore CPUs, large amounts of RAM, flash memory, and fast networking, contribute to SDS growth. In many cases, these advances eliminate the need for specialized storage hardware, enabling ever expanding storage capacity and consistent, low latency performance.
  • Hybrid cloud environments. Cloud adoption and in particular, the embrace of hybrid cloud environments stimulates expansion of SDS. Enterprise storage vendors now offer their solutions as software on servers of the customer’s choice and on public cloud platforms. They provide enterprise-class data services with performance characteristics businesses need for confidence to move their workloads to these platforms.

SDS for Block Storage

The traditional storage area network (SAN) appliance has long been the trusted, shared platform for an enterprise’s most valuable data. As SDS has moved mainstream, many enterprise storage vendors have made their solutions available as software-defined storage on-premises and in the cloud. Enterprises are comfortable extending trust to these SDS solutions for mission-critical workloads. In many cases, SDS solutions for hybrid cloud environments become a natural extension of the on-premise SAN. With these solutions, the tools and scripts to deploy and manage cloud data are the same as on-premise data management.

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS Block Storage Solutions

In preparing this report, DCIG evaluated twenty-two SDS solutions supporting block storage protocols. The general categories under which these features fell included:

  • Deployment capabilities
  • Data protection
  • Product and performance management
  • Documentation support
  • Technical support
  • Licensing and pricing

Based on these criteria, DCIG awarded the following enterprise hybrid cloud SDS block storage solutions a TOP 5 ranking:
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  • IBM Spectrum Virtualize
  • NetApp ONTAP Select & Cloud Services
  • Pure Cloud Block Store
  • Veritas InfoScale
  • VMware vSAN

Report Availability

The full DCIG TOP 5 report is available for download immediately at the links below. The full report contains additional details such as:

  • A listing of all twenty-two solutions evaluated
  • An overview of how hybrid cloud adoption is shaping SDS product capabilities
  • Features shared by all TOP 5 solutions
  • A deeper explanation on the key similarities and differences between the TOP 5 solutions
  • A profile of each solution that highlights the ways each distinguishes itself from the other solutions

Confidentiality and Copyright

Other than excerpts from this report published in this announcement, the contents of the 2021-22 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS Block Storage Solutions report are copyrighted and may not be republished without permission. Individuals may access the full report by following the links below at no cost from the Veritas and Pure Storage websites which have licensed this report.
Pure Storage: 2021-22 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS Block Storage Solutions Report
Veritas: 2021-22 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS Block Storage Solutions Report
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