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Global Cloud Storage is grow at a CAGR of 25% by Forecast to 2023

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In this rapidly changing world of technology, cloud storage market is gaining immense popularity owing to its ability to easily integrate with the already existing infrastructure of the enterprise. Cloud storage gateway solution provides features like encryption and data reduction technology with compression and data deduplication adds cost reduction and security to the data. It also allows rapid transfer of data to the cloud since the data is reduced and network traffic minimized.

As compared to other regions, the cloud storage market in North America is expected to witness a significantly healthy growth is accounted for the highest market share throughout the forecast period. U.S and Canada are anticipated to drive the growth owing to the presence of large number of established players of cloud storage solutions in the cloud storage market. In addition to this, the region also has a well-established infrastructure and higher internet penetration. Moreover, increasing adoption of cloud storage by small and medium enterprises is expected to be a major factor for the growth of cloud storage market.

The Cloud Storage Market is growing rapidly over 25% of CAGR and is expected to reach at approx. USD 104 billion by the end of forecast period.

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VDO in 10 Top Data Storage Applications

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There are so many data storage applications out there that whittling down the list to a handful was quite a challenge. In fact, it proved impossible.

So we are doing two stories on this subject. Even then, there are many good candidates that aren’t included. To narrow things down a little, therefore, we omitted back up, disaster recovery (DR), performance tuning, WAN optimization and similar applications. Otherwise, we’d have to cover just about every storage app around.

We also tried to eliminate cloud-based storage services as there are so many of them. But that wasn’t entirely possible because the lines between on-premise and cloud services are blurring as software defined storage encroaches further on the enterprise. As a result, storage services from the likes of Microsoft Azure, Amazon and one or two others are included.

Storage Spaces Direct

Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) for Windows Server 2016 uses a new software storage bus to turn servers with local-attached drives into highly available and scalable software-defined storage. The Microsoft pitch is that this is done at a tiny fraction of the cost of a traditional SAN or NAS. It can be deployed in a converged or hyper-converged architecture to make deployment relatively simple. S2D also includes caching, storage tiering, erasure coding, RDMA networking and the use of NVMe drives mounted directly on the PCIe bus to boost performance.

“S2D allows software-defined storage to manage direct attached storage (SSD and HDD) including allocation, availability, capacity and performance optimization,” said Greg Schulz, an analyst at StorageIO Group. “It is integrated with the Windows Server operating systems, so it is leveraging familiar tools and expertise to support Windows, Hyper-V, SQL Server and other workloads.”

Red Hat Ceph Storage

Red Hat’s data storage application for OpenStack is Red Hat Ceph Storage. It is an open, scalable, software-defined storage system that runs on industry-standard hardware. Designed to manage petabytes of data as well as cloud and emerging workloads, Ceph is integrated with OpenStack to offer a single platform for all its block, object, and file storage needs. Red Hat Ceph Storage is priced based on the amount of storage capacity under management.

“Ceph is a software answer to the traditional storage appliance, and it brings all the benefits of modern software – it’s scale-out, flexible, tunable, and programmable,” said Daniel Gilfix, product marketing, Red Hat Storage. “New workloads are driving businesses towards an increasingly software-defined datacenter. They need greater cost efficiency, more control of data, less time-consuming maintenance, strong data protection and the agility of the cloud.”

Virtual Data Optimizer

Gilfix is also a fan of Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) software from Permabit. This data efficiency software uses compression, deduplucation and zero-elimination on the data you store, making it take up less space. It runs as a Linux kernel module, sitting underneath almost any software – including Gluster or Ceph. Pricing starts at $199 per node for up to 16 TB of storage. A 256 TB capacity-based license is available for $3,000.

“Just as server virtualization revolutionized the economics of compute, Permabit data reduction software has the potential to transform the economics of storage,” said Gilfix. “VDO software reduces the amount of disk space needed by 2:1 in most scenarios and up to 10:1 in virtual environments (vdisk).”

VMware vSAN

VMware vSAN is a great way to pool internal disks for vSphere environments. It extends virtualization to storage and is fully integrated with vSphere. Policy-based management is also included, so you can set per-VM policies and automate provisioning. Due to its huge partner ecosystem, it supports a wide range of applications, containers, cloud services and more. When combined with VMware NSX, a vSAN-powered software defined data center can extend on-premise storage and management services across different public clouds to give a more consistent experience.

OpenIO

OpenIO is described as all-in-one object storage and data processing. It is available as a software-only solution or via the OpenIO SLS (ServerLess Storage) platform. The software itself is open source and available online. It allows users to operate petabytes of object storage. It wraps storage, data protection and processing in one package that can run on any hardware. OpenIO’s tiering enables automated load-balancing and establishes large data lakes for such applications as analytics.

The SLS version is a storage appliance that combines high-capacity drives, a 40Gb/s Ethernet backend and Marvell Armada-3700 dual core ARM 1.2Ghz processors. It can host up to 96 nodes, each with a 3.5″ HDD or SSD. This offers a petabyte scale-out storage system in a 4U chassis.

StarWind

StarWind Virtual SAN is a virtualization infrastructure targeted at SMBs, remote offices and branch offices, as well as cloud providers. It is said to cut down on the cost of storage virtualization using a technique that mirrors internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. This software-defined storage approach is also designed for ease of use. Getting started requires two licensed nodes and can be expanded beyond that. It comes with asynchronous replication, in-line and offline deduplication, multi-tiered RAM and flash cache.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize

IBM Spectrum Virtualize deals with block-oriented virtual storage. It is available as standalone software or can be used to power IBM all-flash products. The software provides data services such as storage virtualization, thin provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copying and DR. It makes it possible to virtualize all storage on the same Intel hardware without any additional software or appliances.

“Spectrum Virtualize supports common data services such as snapshots and replication in nearly 400 heterogeneous storage arrays,” said David Hill, Mesabi Group. “It simplifies operational storage management and is available for x86 servers.”

Dell EMC ECS

Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) is available as a software-defined storage appliance or as software that could be deployed on commodity hardware. This object storage platform provides support for object, file and HDFS. It is said to make app development faster via API accessible storage, and it also enables organizations to consolidate multiple storage systems and content archives into a single, globally accessible content repository that can host many applications.

NetApp ONTAP Cloud

NetApp ONTAP Cloud is a software-only storage service operating on the NetApp ONTAP storage platform that provides NFS, CIFS and iSCSI data management for the cloud. It includes a single interface to all ONTAP-based storage in the cloud and on premises via its Cloud Manager feature. It is also cloud-agnostic, i.e., it is said to offer enterprise-class data storage management across cloud vendors. Thus it aims to combine cloud flexibility with high availability. Business continuity features are also included.

Quantum StorNext

Quantum’s longstanding StorNext software continues to find new avenues of application in the enterprise. StorNext 5 is targeted at the high-performance shared storage market. It is said to accelerate complex information workflows. The StorNext 5 file system can manage Xcellis workflow storage, extended online storage and tape archives via advanced data management capabilities. Billed as the industry’s fastest streaming file system and policy-based tiering software, it is designed for large sets of large files and complex information workflows.

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2016 Review Shows $148 billion Cloud Market Growing at 25% Annually

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  New data from Synergy Research Group shows that across six key cloud services and infrastructure market segments, operator and vendor revenues for the four quarters ending September 2016 reached $148 billion, having grown by 25% on an annualized basis. IaaS & PaaS services had the highest growth rate at 53%, followed by hosted private cloud infrastructure services at 35% and enterprise SaaS at 34%. 2016 was notable as the year in which spend on cloud services overtook spend on cloud infrastructure hardware and software. In aggregate cloud service markets are now growing three times more quickly than cloud infrastructure hardware and software. Companies that featured the most prominently among the 2016 market segment leaders were Amazon/AWS, Microsoft, HPE, Cisco, IBM, Salesforce and Dell EMC.

Over the period Q4 2015 to Q3 2016 total spend on hardware and software to build cloud infrastructure exceeded $65 billion, with spend on private clouds accounting for over half of the total but spend on public cloud growing much more rapidly. Investments in infrastructure by cloud service providers helped them to generate almost $30 billion in revenues from cloud infrastructure services (IaaS, PaaS, hosted private cloud services) and over $40 billion from enterprise SaaS, in addition to supporting internet services such as search, social networking, email and e-commerce. UCaaS, while in many ways a different type of market, is also growing steadily and driving some radical changes in business communications.

“We tagged 2015 as the year when cloud became mainstream and I’d say that 2016 is the year that cloud started to dominate many IT market segments,” said Synergy Research Group’s founder and Chief Analyst Jeremy Duke. “Major barriers to cloud adoption are now almost a thing of the past, especially on the public cloud side. Cloud technologies are now generating massive revenues for technology vendors and cloud service providers and yet there are still many years of strong growth ahead.”

One way to improve the density and cost effectiveness of cloud deployments is to include scalable high performance data reduction technologies. If you are using Red Hat Enterprise Linux including Permabit Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) will drop costs by 50% or more and improve data density too!  

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More than 50 Percent of Businesses Not Leveraging Public Cloud

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While more than 50 percent of respondents are not currently leveraging public cloud, 80 percent plan on migrating more within the next year, according to a new study conducted by TriCore Solutions, the application management experts. As new streams of data are continuing to appear, from mobile apps to artificial intelligence, companies in the future will rely heavily on cloud and digital transformation to minimize complexity.

Here are some key results from the survey:

  • Public Cloud Considerations: Cloud initiatives are underway for companies in the mid-market up through the Fortune 500, though IT leaders continue to struggle with what to migrate, when to migrate, and how best to execute the process. More than half of those surveyed plan to migrate web applications and development systems to the public cloud in the next year, prioritizing these over other migrations. More than two thirds have 25 percent or less of their infrastructure in the public cloud, showing that public cloud still has far to go before it becomes the prevailing environment that IT leaders must manage. With increasingly complex hybrid environments, managed service providers will become a more important resource to help facilitate the process.
  • Running Smarter Still on Prem: Whether running on Oacle EBS, PeopleSoft or, companies rely on ERP systems to run their businesses. Only 20 percent of respondents expect to migrate ERP systems to public cloud in the next year, indicating the importance of hybrid cloud environments for companies to manage business-critical operations on premise alongside other applications and platforms in the public cloud.
  • Prepping for Digital Transformation: With the increased amount of data in today’s IT environment – from machine data to social media data to transactional data and everything in between – the need for managed service providers to make sense of it all has never been more important. 53 percent of respondents plan on outsourcing their IT infrastructure in the future, and respondents anticipate a nearly 20 percent increase in applications being outsourced in the future, as well.

As worldwide spending on cloud continues to grow, and with the increased amount of data in today’s IT environment, IT leaders need to heavily consider the keys to IT success when migrating to a cloud-based environment. Understanding how to help businesses unlock and leverage the endless data available to them, will drive IT success for managed service providers in 2017 and beyond.

 

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Worldwide Enterprise Storage Market Sees Modest Decline in Third Quarter, According to IDC

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Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 3.2% year over year and reached $8.8 billion in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker. Total capacity shipments were up 33.2% year over year to 44.3 exabytes during the quarter. Revenue growth increased within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was up 5.7% year over year to $1.3 billion. Sales of server-based storage were relatively flat, at -0.5% during the quarter and accounted for $2.1 billion in revenue. External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the $5.4 billion in sales represented a decline of 6.1% year over year.

“The enterprise storage market closed out the third quarter on a slight downturn, while continuing to adhere to familiar trends,” said Liz Conner, research manager, Storage Systems. “Spending on traditional external arrays resumed its decline and spending on all-flash deployments continued to see good growth and helped to drive the overall market. Meanwhile the very nature of the hyperscale business leads to heavy fluctuations within the market segment, posting solid growth in 3Q16.”

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WW Enterprise Storage Market Down 3% in 3Q16 From 3Q15

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Total WW enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 3.2% year over year and reached $8.8 billion in 3Q16, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker.

Total capacity shipments were up 33.2% year over year to 44.3 EBs during the quarter.

Revenue growth increased within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was up 5.7% year over year to $1.3 billion.

Sales of server-based storage were relatively flat, at -0.5% during the quarter and accounted for $2.1 billion in revenue. External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the $5.4 billion in sales represented a decline of 6.1% year over year.

The enterprise storage market closed out the third quarter on a slight downturn, while continuing to adhere to familiar trends,” said Liz Conner, research manager, storage systems. “Spending on traditional external arrays resumed its decline and spending on all-flash deployments continued to see good growth and helped to drive the overall market. Meanwhile the very nature of the hyperscale business leads to heavy fluctuations within the market segment, posting solid growth in 3Q16.”

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Software-Defined Storage Market Projected to Reach 22.56 Billion USD by 2021

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North America is expected to lead the Software-Defined Storage market as the governments in the region have initiated many projects related to digitalization of their countries, which is making the region the largest adopter of SDS solutions.[167 Pages Report] Software defined Storage Market categorizes the Global SDS Market by solutions as software-defined server, data security & compliance, controller, data management, and hypervisor, by services, by usage, by organization size, by application area & by geography.

According to report “Software-Defined Storage Market by Component [Platforms/Solutions (Software-Defined Server, Data Security & Compliance, Controller, Data Management, and Hypervisor), Services], Usage, Organization Size, Application Area – Global Forecast to 2021″, global market is expected to grow from USD 4.72 Billion in 2016 to USD 22.56 Billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 36.7%.

Exponentially growing data volume across enterprises, rise in “software defined” concept, and the need for cost optimization in data management are some of the major driving factors for the SDS market. Furthermore, avoiding downtime of storage infrastructure and competitive market environment due to its being an innovative technology are expected to provide opportunities for the growth of the SDS market.

Data security and compliance software is expected to be the largest contributor in the global SDS market during the forecast period

Organizations have to mandatory follow the compliance policies and guidelines for storing and sharing data while securing business-critical information. Also, there is a need to take actions for storing and sharing data while securing the business-critical information. The requirement of security and compliance function in the existing SDS solution while storing the data has increased the demand for this software and is expected to contribute the highest in the overall revenue generation for the SDS market during the forecast period.

The support and maintenance segment is expected to show significant growth rate during the forecast period

The demand for services is significantly increasing along with the growth of the SDS market. Software and maintenance services help organizations to get the maximum benefits from their SDS software investment. The customers can get better assistance and maintenance for their SDS solution with various levels of support programs. The market for support and maintenance will keep growing owing to the need for consistent support required for deploying and utilizing the SDS solution.

Additionally, we are seeing data reduction solutions added to SDS that enable them to become extremely efficient in data storage use while improving data density and optimizing data center footprint.

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure Is Now A Data Center Mainstay

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Hyperconverged infrastructure, where networking, compute, and storage are assembled in a commodity hardware box and virtualized together, is no longer the odd man out. Compared with converged infrastructure — a hardware oriented combination of networking and compute — hyperconverged brings three data center elements together in a virtualized environment.

Hyperconverged infrastructure at one time was criticized as overkill and as handing off too many configuration decisions to a single manufacturer. But IT managers and CIOs have abandoned that critique as more and more hyperconverged units are integrated into the data center with minimal configuration headaches and operational setbacks.

The 451 Research Voice of the Enterprise found that 40% of enterprises now use hyperconverged units as a standard building block in the data center, and analysts expect that number to climb rapidly over the next two years.

For that 40% of users: “74.4% of organizations currently using hyperconverged are using the solutions in their core or central datacenters, signaling this transition,” according to the report.

Christian Perry, research manager at 451 and lead author of the report, wrote that “loyalties to traditional, standalone servers are diminishing in today’s IT ecosystems as managers adopt innovative technologies that eliminate multiple pain points.”

For large enterprises of 10,000 employees or more, 41.3% reported that they were planning to change their IT staff makeup as a result of hyperconvergence. Over a third — 35.5% — of enterprises responded that they had added more virtual machine specialists due to the adoption converged systems.

According to the authors, “This is more than double the number of organizations actively adding specialists in hardware-specific areas” (such as server administrators or storage and network managers).

One area, however, remains surprisingly unchanged.

Containers have yet to make a major appearance in the infrastructure’s makeup, and “remain nascent,” in Perry’s phrase, in data center management. Nearly 51% reported that none of their servers were running containers, while 22.3% told analysts that they are running containers on 10% or fewer of their x86 servers.

The 451 researchers don’t expect those low percentages to last.

IT staffs will eventually take advantage of “their lightweight nature” to further adoption of the DevOps IT model and frequent software updates. But such an adoption will require personnel, perhaps the same virtualization managers, being added to staff at a high rate to manage the technology, the report noted.

VMware for one is attempting to include container management inside its more general, vSphere virtual machine management system.

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Next Generation Data Storage Technologies Market Forecast Up to 2024

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Next generation data storage technology includes technologically advanced data storage products and solutions to deal with increasing file sizes and huge amount of unstructured data. The next generation data storage technology manages large data securely and enables reliable, secure and fast recovery of data in a cost-efficient manner. It has enabled scalable storage and handling of large data generated by big enterprises.

The factors favoring the growth of the next generation storage technologies market include ubiquity of input and output devices in every sector and the ever-increasing need for managing, analyzing and storing huge amount of data. Consequently, the demand for next generation data technologies is expected to increase at a quick rate over the forecast period. This growth is expected to be backed by the growing demand for advanced time saving technologies including automated systems, smart technologies, online shopping, and internet of things etc. which require handling of large data generated by the enterprises.

There are various challenges restraining the growth of the next generation data storages technologies market. This includes technological complexity, repair and restore issues, lack of security etc. Furthermore, high level of data consistency is required in the data storage. Future growth in the market is projected to come from emerging need for data storage in small and medium enterprises.

The next generation data storage technologies market is segmented on the basis of technology and application. By technology, the market is classified as into all-flash storage arrays, hybrid array, cloud based disaster recovery, holographic data storage and heat assisted magnetic recording. Of these, hybrid array is a form of hierarchical storage management contains solid state drives and hard disk drives for input and output speed improvements. Holographic data storage is the high capacity data storage technology whereas hybrid array and all flash array are standard data storage techniques.

By application, next generation data storage technologies market is divided into the enterprise data storage, big data storage and cloud based storage.

North America is the dominating the next generation data storage technologies market. The Asian Pacific countries including China, Japan and India are expected to grow at a significant rate as compared to other regions. The presence of a large number of IT industries in the Asia Pacific region is one of the key factor driving growth of the next generation data storage technologies market in the region. Asia Pacific countries are speculated to make huge investments in the data storage sector to provide their existing infrastructures with new data storage technologies and solutions to improve the production process. Japan, which is one of the technology advanced nations, is anticipated to be a big market for next generation data storage technologies. The country is already using these data storage technology across its various industry verticals

Some of the key players in the next generation data technology market are Dell Inc., Avago Technologies, EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., HGST, Inc., – Hitachi Data Systems, IBM Corporation, NetApp, Inc., Avago Technologies, Drobo, Inc. and Micron Technology Corporation.

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Worldwide converged systems market increased revenue 12.1% year over year to $2.9 billion during 2Q16.

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According to the International Data Corporation‘s Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, the worldwide converged systems market increased revenue 12.1% year over year to $2.9 billion during 2Q16.

The market generated 1,693PB of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 31.8% compared to the same period a year ago.

More and more, we are seeing end users looking beyond the hardware specs and performance metrics; end users in this market are looking for vendors that are adept at building and maintaining deep customer relationships,” said Kevin M. Permenter, senior research analyst, computing platforms. “Converged system vendors that are able to build these deep relationships with their customers are positioned for growth.

Converged Systems Segments
IDC distinguishes between four product categories: integrated systems, certified reference systems, integrated platforms, and hyperconverged systems.

  • Integrated systems are pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems containing server hardware, disk storage systems, networking equipment, and basic element/systems management software.
  • Like integrated systems, certified reference systems are pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems containing server hardware, disk storage systems, networking equipment, and basic element/systems management software. Certified reference systems, however, are designed with systems from multiple technology vendors.
  • Integrated platforms are integrated systems that are sold with additional pre-integrated packaged software and customized system engineering optimized to enable such functions as application development software, databases, testing, and integration tools.
  • Hyperconverged systems collapse core storage and compute functionality into a single, highly virtualized solution. A key characteristic of hyperconverged systems that differentiate these solutions from other integrated systems is their ability to provide all compute and storage functions through the same server-based resources.

During 2Q16, the combined integrated infrastructure and certified reference systems markets generated revenues of $1.6 billion, which represented a year-over-year increase of 4.7% and 54.8% of the total market revenue. EMC was the largest supplier of the combined certified reference systems and integrated infrastructure categories with $699.58 million in revenue, or 43.0% share of this market segment. All VCE product brands, which became the EMC converged platforms division, are reported under EMC starting with the first quarter of 2016 – all historical data from 2012 to 2015 will remain under the VCE vendor.

Integrated platform revenue declined 3.5% Y/Y during 2Q16, generating $864.09 million in revenues. This amounted to 29.1% of the total market revenue. Oracle was the top-ranked supplier of integrated platforms in the quarter, generating revenues of $481.97 million and capturing a 55.8% share of the category.

Hyperconverged sales grew 137.5% Y/Y during 2Q16, generating $480.62 million in revenue. This amounted to 16.2% of the total market revenue. The above hyperconverged systems revenues, like the other product categories listed here, exclude revenue from support and maintenance contracts.

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