IDC on the business benefits of software-defined storage

Interviews with actual customers quantify time and money saved with the hyperconverged Dell XC Series


Hyperconverged systems — those that consolidate compute, storage and software into a single, modular appliance — are the fastest growing segment of a rapidly expanding group of solutions analysts at IDC have dubbed “integrated systems.”The buzz is that hyperconverged software-defined storage solutions provide the scale, automation and agility certain newer applications for social, cloud, big data and mobility demand. But is that true?

The proof is in the payback.

IDC analysts interviewed 13 organizations using the Dell XC Series, powered by Intel® Xeon®processors. Here are a few of the average benefits they found:


reduced TCO over five years 

average ROI over five years

month payback period

less management time

The top business benefits of SDS

1. Reduce infrastructure costs.

With the strong performance, scalability, and efficiency, organizations using the Dell XC series reduce and avoid data center-related capital and operating expenses. IDC projects that, on average, these organizations will reduce and avoid costs worth $8,646 per 100 users.

2. Increase IT staff productivity.

Because XC Series reduces the complexity of deploying and managing infrastructure, organizations benefit from more efficient IT staff operations. IDC calculates that these time savings and productivity improvements have an average value of $36,744 per 100 users.

3. Decrease risk, deliver a better user experience.

Thanks to the high resiliency of the Dell XC Series, IT can carry out quick and non-disruptive updates and upgrades without impacting users. This improves employee productivity and cuts down on lost time. IDC puts the average value of increased user productivity at $8,786 per 100 users

4. Raise revenue with higher business performance.

Improved application performance and increased scalability from the Dell XC Series allows organizations to keep pace with business demand. The result is higher employee productivity and higher revenue, which IDC projects is worth an average of $40,145 per 100 users.

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Storage that never stops saving

With ever-increasing demand for storage capacity combined with decreasing budgets and resources — you need to save more than data. You need a future-ready storage solution designed to optimize core storage and help you bridge to new IT. Dell storage solutions — including the SC and XC Series arrays — are powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor and deliver the flash innovations, software-defined flexibility and core storage intelligence that ensures your storage never stops saving. 

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