ESG Research Report: Software-defined Storage (SDS) Market Trends
ESG Research Report

ESG conducted an in-depth survey of 303 IT professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing data storage technology, including external disk-based storage systems, for their organizations. To qualify, respondent organizations had to currently be utilizing or evaluating software-defined storage (SDS) or at least interested in SDS as a long-term strategy. Survey participants represented midmarket and enterprise-class organizations in North America.

Survey participants represented a wide range of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, business services, communications and media, and government. For more details, please see the Research Methodology and Respondent Demographics sections of this report.

Report Info
Table of Contents
  • Executive Summary
    • Report Conclusions
  • Introduction
    • Research Objectives
  • Research Findings
    • Software-defined Storage Has Yet to be Truly Defined, but Improved Storage Management Is Foundational
    • There Is No Clear Winner among SDS Implementation Strategies
    • SDS Competes Against the Old and New Worlds of Storage
    • Organizations Are Taking a Measured Approach to SDS
    • SDS Is Altering the Traditional Storage Purchase Process
    • SDS Is Bringing New Constituencies into the Storage Evaluation and Purchase Process
    • SDS Is Gaining Traction, but There Are Still Obstacles
  • Conclusion
  • Research Methodology
  • Respondent Demographics
    • Respondents by Current Responsibility
    • Respondents by Number of Employees
    • Respondents by Industry
    • Respondents by Annual Revenue