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Storage to Explode as Virtualization Grows

PRESS RELEASE — Newark, Calif. – December 8, 2015 – Hybrid-flash is prevailing over all-flash as virtualization hits critical tipping point in the enterprise, according to the 2016 State of Storage in Virtualization report released today by ActualTech Media and Tegile Systems. This and other findings from the survey suggest that as virtualization further penetrates the data center, companies are reexamining their storage systems and practices, sparking a renaissance in the storage landscape.

“Virtualization as a trend has been growing steadily for some time now, but available tools have now achieved the credibility to convince IT to move even the largest or most important work loads to a virtual environment,” said Scott D. Lowe, partner and cofounder of ActualTech Media. “In this survey, we found that virtualization and storage are at a fascinating intersection right now, leading to bigger and faster virtualization and an exciting evolution of the storage market.”

Notable findings from the survey include:

A rising number of enterprises of all sizes are turning to virtual machines to power more and larger workloads, even across their most mission-critical systems.

  • Over 60 percent of respondents operate with a majority of their environment virtualized, with 97 percent have at least some workloads virtualized.
  • Of those, 66 percent have virtualized Microsoft SQL Server®.
  • Among applications that generate large workloads, file sharing, Microsoft Exchange®, and Microsoft SharePoint® are virtualized by 53%, 49%, and 45% respectively.

Flash hybrid systems have emerged and established themselves as the undisputed standard among modern, virtualized enterprises.   

  • 61 percent of respondents indicate they currently use a hybrid storage array within their data center.
  • 23 percent of respondents use some kind of all-flash array, while only 3 percent run their entire storage environment using all-flash.
  • Over 70 percent of respondents cite improving existing application response times as a key driver for deploying flash storage

Companies continue to struggle with storage systems that do not deliver the performance, capacity, and the functionality they need, signalling an urgent demand for fast, flexible storage solutions.

  • 53 percent of respondents indicate that they experience storage performance issues, and 58 percent indicate some level of capacity issues.
  • 56 percent of respondents report using multiple storage protocols, with 30 percent using three or more protocols.
  • Block-level protocols are most popular for virtualized environments, with 48 percent of respondents indicating they use Fibre Channel and 42 percent indicating they use iSCSI. 36 percent report using the file-level protocol NFS.

“This survey hits home that enterprises need a storage system that is flexible–one that has the capability to consistently deliver high performance, as well as adapt as their performance and capacity needs evolve over time,” said Rajesh Nair, CTO of Tegile Systems. “It’s critical that a storage system today supports both block and file storage protocols and accommodate different types of storage mediums, whether it’s all flash, a mixture of flash and disk, or a mixture of high-performance flash and high-density flash.”


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