There are a number of significant changes to the storage market that organisations must take into account when deploying solutions. There are currently a proliferation of vendors providing solutions ranging from ‘’white box’’ based systems to the traditional big iron. We have seen in the market a number of the niche players balance sheets struggling to deliver profits. In additional there have been a number of mergers and acquisitions, the highest profile one is the potential EMC/Dell deal. What organisations must measure as part of any solutions is the expected longevity of a potential vendor and the vendor’s products
There is a movement towards Software Defined everything. Storage is no different here, separating the cost of storage into hardware and software enables organisations to significantly reduce the TOC of their storage platform.
Day 1 costs are similar, however, when a refresh is required, organisations now have the storage software. Software Designed Storage has, in the past, been perceived as a platform for low data clue platforms. However, with IBM delivering the Spectrum storage family line and
‘’Separating the cost of storage into hardware and software enables organisations to significantly reduce the TOC of their storage platform’’.