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Storage Solutions: Software-Defined Storage

IDC's Storage Solutions: Software-Defined Storage service provides coverage of developing technologies, use cases, emerging vendors, business models, buyer case studies, and market estimates for software-defined storage (SDS). SDS is made up of four key submarkets, including block, file, object, and hyperconverged, and is one of the hottest growth markets in enterprise storage today. Because of key differentiators, in particular relative to traditional storage architectures, SDS adoption is being driven by strong demand from enterprises and cloud providers of all sizes. Clients will benefit from a comprehensive and holistic view of the SDS market and from a tie-in with IDC research in related enterprise infrastructure markets – storage systems, storage software, cloud, and enterprise servers.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Market landscape of SDS suppliers, product, and services
  • Adoption of hardware platforms aka server-based storage (SBS) in enterprises and cloud services providers
  • Penetration of all-flash configurations for use with SDS platforms
  • Innovative file, block- and object-based SDS controller software, platforms and systems (appliances), and SDS hyperconverged infrastructure
  • Use of new and upcoming industry-standard data persistence components in SDS solutions

Core Research

  • IDC Taxonomy on SDS
  • SDS Hardware and Software Revenue (and Capacity) Split by Various Delivery Models, Data Organization Schemes, and Operating Modes
  • End-User Adoption and Requirements for SDS, Including Buyer Profiles
  • Profiles of New and Emerging SDS Suppliers
  • Outlook for SDS in Enterprises and at Cloud Services Providers

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.

Key Questions Answered

  1. What is the storage revenue and capacity by SDS data organization, operating mode, and delivery models?
  2. What are the main factors driving organizations' investments in SDS?
  3. What capabilities and functional requirements are shaping vendor investments in SDS?
  4. How will the ecosystem evolve to enable the maximization of value for SDS?
  5. How will the infrastructure change to support SDS for primary production environments?
  6. Which workloads is SDS used most frequently?
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Amita Potnis Research Manager
Eric Burgener Research Director, Storage
Eric Sheppard Research Director, Enterprise Storage and Converged Infrastructure
Natalya Yezhkova Research Director, Storage Systems