A new survey finds the majority of data centre owners worldwide are already using or are considering adoption of hyper-converged infrastructure and software-defined storage. The survey Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCIS) and Software-Defined Storage (SDS) 2016 Survey by Atlantis Computing and ActualTech Media looked at data centres in over 53 countries and looked at the attitudes around HCIS and SDS now and into the future.
While 75% or organisations currently use disk-based storage, only 44% have it as part of their future infrastructure plans. With around one in five (19%) of organisations expecting to decommission their disk-based SAN entirely in favour of either HCIS or SDS.
So Why are they switching to SDS and HCIS? The answer is focused mainly on improving performance with nearly three-quarters (72%) citing performance, followed by high availability (68%). Cost is also a key driver with 68% putting it as an issue when looking at SDS and HCIS. Continued data growth was also a key driver for change, with median annual data growth rates of 20% reported by survey respondents.
“There is a lot of confusion and hype in the fast changing HCIS and SDS markets and it is critical to gather data about real-world usage,” explained Scott D. Lowe, partner and co-founder of survey co-sponsors ActualTech Media. “We believe this is the largest and most detailed account of adoption, buying criteria and use cases for HCIS and SDS. The new report provides IT organisations with critical insights on how HCIS and SDS technologies are being used, actual experiences from the field and the future plans of data centre leaders from around the world.”