What’s driving the hypergrowth
of software-defined storage?

The adoption of software-defined storage (SDS) is in a period of dramatic growth. This already sizeable market is expanding rapidly, with clear signs of continued adoption and high customer satisfaction. But what factors drive the rapid pace of this burgeoning technology? As always, it comes down to economics and performance.

SDS defined

SDS is data storage in which programming that controls storage-related tasks is decoupled from the physical storage. It emphasizes storage-related services instead of hardware.

As massive data growth continues to present organizations with increasingly complex storage challenges, more and more IT and storage decision makers turn to SDS.

Current adoption

For most organizations, SDS is either in operation or will be soon.


have adopted to at least some degree


are planning to adopt


have no current plans

How IT pros are using SDS
Server and/or storage virtualization
(any hypervisor)


data protection, cloud
The proof is in
the benefits


About half of SDS users cite scalability and easier storage management as the top SDS benefit.


42% say easier provisioning is the most significant benefit.



Say they save money through better capacity utilization and fewer device purchases.


Say SDS reduces administration costs                              


Say SDS lowers costs through faster provisioning


Say they save money through better capacity utilization and fewer device purchases.


Say SDS reduces administration costs                              


Say SDS lowers costs through faster provisioning
With all the positives associated with SDS adoption, what’s holding some IT departments back?


Lack of expertise


Don’t see operational


Cost concerns


Don’t see economic benefit

Your next steps toward SDS

The many storage administration benefits of SDS have turned this technology into a powerful market force. And its popularity is only growing. As the requirements of modern workloads continue to increase, SDS provides an easier, more affordable solution. It keeps up with demand without adding cost and complexity to existing operations.

Learn more about how software-defined storage solutions like the Intel® Xeon® processor powered Dell XC Series can help you accelerate IT capabilities and reduce administration. Intel® Inside. Powerful Solution Outside.

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Based on: “Easier Management, Reduced Opex Lead More Organizations to Adopt Software-Defined Storage,” TechTarget research brief, commissioned by Dell, January 2015. *Source: “SDS Market Global Forecaset to 2019, MarketsandMarkets, January 2015”

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