Trends Report

Software-Defined Storage Will Sound The Death Knell For Traditional Storage Provisioning

May 13th, 2013
Henry Baltazar
With contributors:
Doug Washburn , Christopher Voce , Eric Chi


Storage budgets are not keeping pace with the rapidly expanding data stores, and this is putting an extraordinary amount of pressure on storage administrators. Storage vendors have responded to new customer requirements for scale-out capacity or high transactional performance with additional platforms, creating even more silos within data center environments and further complicating the storage landscape. Forrester believes that this will trigger the advent of software-defined storage (SDS), where clients or applications can request specific performance and capacity requirements and have this storage resource delivered without the intervention of traditional storage administrators. This report further defines SDS and the impact it will have as a key component in the software-defined data center (SDDC).

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