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2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions Now Available

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DCIG is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the 2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions Report. An outcome of DCIG’s research in software-defined storage (SDS) for file storage, this report provides guidance on the DCIG TOP 5 enterprise SDS NAS solutions for unifying on-premises and cloud storage under a single management plane.

The Problem of Storage System Proliferation


For many organizations, the rapid growth of data has resulted in a proliferation of storage systems, whether on-premises in the corporate data center, at branch office locations, or in the cloud. The result is a plethora of data silos and a lack of visibility into the organization’s file estate.

As a result of these dynamics, organizations are often faced with the reality of not knowing the what and where of their data across the organization. This visibility gap complicates data protection, governance, analysis, security, compliance, and planning, which in turn impacts costs. It increases the likelihood of a successful cyber attack exfiltrating, exposing, or encrypting the organization’s data and disabling its critical business processes, which certainly worries every CIO. Further, scattered and unknown file data undermines AI workloads, which require complete data for optimum success. Ultimately, this lack of visibility into an organization’s data undermines IT’s mission of providing the technical resources the organization requires to achieve its goals.

Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions Enables Global Data Visibility


Hybrid cloud SDS NAS solutions, based on enterprise-class software-defined storage, offer a transformative approach to handling the growing accumulation of unstructured data. By decoupling the storage hardware from the management software, a software-defined storage system eliminates storage silos, simplifies storage management, and enhances the visibility of unstructured data.

These solutions unify the management of storage resources across on-premises and cloud platforms, allowing organizations to integrate on-premises and cloud storage under a single management plane. Consequently, organizations achieve a more effective data management strategy that meets the challenges of unstructured data growth and provides the agility to address changing business requirements.

These solutions capitalize on the benefits of SDS, such as:

Cost efficiencies. SDS-based hybrid cloud NAS solutions notably reduce storage management costs. As SDS solutions abstract the storage management layer from the physical storage platform, organizations can optimize storage across on-premises and cloud environments based on actual storage needs and usage patterns.

Flexibility. In contrast to disparate storage systems and devices dispersed across multiple locations, these solutions present cloud and on-premises storage as a single unified storage pool. This means administrators can allocate storage capacity dynamically to users, groups, and applications as needed. These solutions allow organizations to leverage multiple cloud providers as well as on-premises storage. Thus, organizations can optimize the placement of data for cost, compliance, and workload priorities.

Global file management capabilities. Global views, including permissions management, capacity utilization, and analytics, enable new opportunities to ensure optimal performance and cost for managing an organization’s unstructured data. For distributed enterprises, hybrid-cloud SDS NAS solutions allow an administrator to manage a broad set of file management services across cloud providers and hundreds or thousands of nodes, sites, and users from a single interface. Administrators can apply data governance policies across their file estate. While the dynamics causing file growth still occur, these solutions give enterprises the tools to better understand and manage that growth while enabling organizations to create more value from the data.

Reduces administrative costs. As noted above, hybrid cloud SDS NAS solutions enable administrators to centrally manage storage resources across the data landscape from a single interface. This simplifies storage administration and reduces the need for multiple tool sets to manage different NAS devices and file servers. The best SDS solutions offer automation tools and APIs that automate routine storage and life cycle management activities like provisioning, tiering, protecting, and migrating data. Automation capabilities reduce manual labor expenses and the risk of human error.

Chart showing the variety of data security features DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions support

DCIG TOP 5 winners offer many data security features that help protect data from cybersecurity threats.
Source: DCIG SDS Research

Enhanced data security. Hybrid cloud SDS NAS solutions routinely provide robust security features such as encryption, access controls, multi-factor authentication, multi-tenancy, and immutable storage. These features complement other cyber security strategies organizations take to protect their digital assets from bad actors.

Fast file performance. These SDS-based solutions commonly place active data close to users and applications through tiering or caching while placing less frequently accessed data on more cost-effective storage tiers in the cloud. Consequently, these solutions improve application performance and ensure fast file access for end users.

Multi-protocol file support. Hybrid-cloud NAS solutions routinely support multiple file storage protocols. This flexibility allows organizations to select the best-fit file protocol for each use case. Many hybrid cloud SDS solutions expand upon file sharing and collaboration features inherent within file storage protocols so that remote teams and users can collaborate on files around the world.

Advanced storage features. Today’s SDS solutions offer advanced storage services such as predictive analytics, object storage interfaces, and AI-driven data management. These features further enhance the value of investments in software-defined storage solutions for hybrid-cloud use cases.

Cloud Storage Benefits


In addition to the advantages these SDS-based solutions bring to modern file data management, cloud storage integration contributes additional benefits to those presented above, such as:

Scalability. Because these solutions can leverage the data stores of public cloud providers, organizations can scale on demand without requiring capital hardware purchases. If new capacity is needed, an administrator can quickly provide it. Organizations only pay for what they use, scaling up or down their storage as their needs require.

Cyber-resiliency. Cloud storage systems enhance data resiliency against cyber attacks. Organizations can leverage features like immutable storage, replication, snapshots, and automated failover to both mitigate and recover quickly from a cyber attack or other unforeseen events.

Multicloud storage architectures. As an alternative to relying on one cloud provider for all storage requirements, hybrid cloud SDS NAS solutions can often utilize multiple cloud providers for vendor diversity and flexibility. Infrastructure managers can place file data with the cloud provider best suited for business priorities or avail data to specialized services within a cloud ecosystem. Further, organizations may choose cloud providers or their regions to comply with regulatory or data sovereignty requirements.

Offloads storage infrastructure management. By moving some or most unstructured data to centralized cloud storage, organizations can eliminate some of the space and costs required for hosting NAS devices and file servers across their locations. For the data center especially, less hardware translates into less physical space, meaning a smaller footprint and reduced energy and cooling costs compared to legacy solutions. Infrastructure management (space, power, labor), complexity (performance management, networking, administration), and capacity planning (monitoring, acquiring, implementing) shifts out of the enterprise. By offloading some or even most of these activities to the cloud provider, enterprises reduce IT costs for managing on-premises storage hardware.

Global file access. Cloud file storage enables access to file data from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. This especially benefits organizations with distributed office locations and teams across the globe. Administrators can configure permissions for users and groups to ensure data security.

These benefits and more provide organizations with a global file platform that addresses the needs of scalability, governance, compliance, security, analysis, and decision-making in the context of an avalanche of accumulating data. Further, organizations can experience notable time and cost savings with hybrid cloud SDS NAS solutions, allowing IT staff to shift their attention to other activities that bring value to their organization. Finally, because hybrid-cloud NAS solutions incorporate new cloud technologies as they become available, enterprises future-proof their storage infrastructure with these solutions, ensuring the enterprise IT organization is adaptable and capable of meeting changing business needs in the years ahead.

2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions


As noted above, the 2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions report is an outcome of DCIG’s research into the marketplace for software-defined storage (SDS) for file storage. DCIG identified twenty-nine companies offering products meeting DCIG’s definition of a hybrid cloud SDS-based NAS solution.

The general feature categories evaluated include:

  • Deployment Capabilities
  • Data Protection and Security Capabilities
  • Product and Performance Management Features
  • Technical Support
  • Licensing and pricing.

Based on its evaluation of these features, the following storage software providers earned a DCIG TOP 5 award (in alphabetical order):Table listing the DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions in alphabetical order

Report Availability


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

  • A listing of all twenty-nine solutions evaluated
  • Distinguishing features shared by all DCIG TOP 5 providers
  • A deeper explanation of the key similarities and differences between the DCIG TOP 5 providers
  • A profile of each solution that highlights notable features that earned it a DCIG TOP 5 award.

Copyright Notice


Other than excerpts published in this announcement, the contents of the 2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions report are copyrighted and may not be republished without permission. Individuals may access the full report at no cost by following the link below.

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