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Gridstore CEO George Symons Reviews 2014 Storage Industry Predictions

Software-Defined Storage Leader Answers the Question: How Far Has the Storage Industry Come in 2014?

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/12/14 -- Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, today revealed their mid-year review of their original 2014 industry predictions. With data growth showing no signs of slowing down and the variety and number of data storage solutions on the market also increasing, there continues to be a large amount of end-user confusion when it comes to product purchasing decisions. Now at the midpoint of 2014, Gridstore CEO George Symons reviews three of his key predictions to see how far the market has come in six months and where it might be heading next.

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1. Symons predicted: Software-defined storage comes of age

  • Moves from nebulous buzz word to reality though a clear definition - this will not be universally accepted across the industry
  • Real SDS is all about intelligent management of the data and understanding and managing both the data on the server and the storage

Mid-year status:
Even in 2013 the industry as a whole was still hesitant about the term software-defined storage (SDS). Analysts were not keen and perhaps more tellingly customers were not looking for a SDS solution. However, over the past few months there has been a very definite shift in thinking.

Symons states: "SDS solutions from major vendors have gained significant momentum this year. EMC, IBM and VMware all announced SDS solutions in May. This year MarketsandMarkets, a US based research and consulting company has predicted that the software-defined data center market, of which SDS is an integral part, is expected to be worth $5.41 billion by 2018. This is a real pointer to the importance organizations are now placing on SDS and how far it has come over the last few months."

"As with so much terminology in the industry, SDS tends to mean many things to many people, and just as other terms such as Cloud needed refinement and recognition that there is not one Cloud or one type of Cloud, so there remains a lot of work to more clearly define SDS and its iterations. But as this happens the market will accept SDS as it plays an integral role in delivery of the Software Defined Data Center," he added.

Conclusion: SDS has come of age but there is more work to be done

2. Symons predicted: Major escalation in adoption of Windows Hyper-V

  • Ease of migration/ease-of-use
  • Functionality meets needs of most use cases
  • Performance is excellent
  • Lower cost

Mid-year status:
"At Gridstore we have focused our product strategy on the basis that Hyper-V will be making a real impact in the market, and we are already seeing a return on this investment as it makes inroads on VMware's current market dominance," continued Symons.

This was validated during a webinar in July 2014, where Simon Robinson, Research VP at 451 Group said that despite VMware's significant head start, Hyper-V is catching up, "...as VMware is evolving its capabilities, so too is Microsoft and actually when you look at the technology, Microsoft has made those investments to bridge the gap on the technology side, and that's giving folks the incentive to evaluate and increasingly implement Microsoft based virtualization and associated technologies."

Symons added, "This is borne out as we at Gridstore and others that have backed Hyper-V see significant growth in Hyper-V business. In some markets Hyper-V has already taken over as market leader. In an IDC Worldwide Virtualization Tracker last year, Hyper-V was identified as the dominant server virtualization platform in Singapore. In another global report again from IDC, Hyper-V had grown to 31.5 per cent of the market and was continuing to grow."

"The product has a lot going for it. Not only is it low cost, but it is also very solid and has the functionality to meet most customer needs. We are seeing customers adding Hyper-V to their existing virtualization infrastructure as well as some converting from VMware to Hyper-V to reduce costs," continued Symons.

Conclusion: Hyper-V continues to gain market share because of it ease-of-use, strong performance and overall lower cost.

3. Symons predicted: Scale-as-you-grow expands in importance

  • Critical as the market moves to public and private clouds
  • Lowers cost of acquisition and overall TCO
  • Winning solutions will be scale-out vs. scale-up
  • Winning solutions will not be limited by clustering

Mid-year status:
Scale-as-you-grow is not a new industry term, but the current rate of data growth means that organizations are embracing it as a more effective, and importantly, affordable, way of dealing with its storage needs.

Symons, "In order to implement a Private Cloud, WebScale IT, Hybrid Cloud, or any other popular term for next generation data centers, one of the key requirements everyone is agreeing to is the need for elastic resources. For storage, that means incremental scalability and the ability to apply the appropriate capacity and performance to a virtual machine when it is created. The only way to implement this is through a scale-out architecture. More importantly you can't do a rip and replace when the next level of capacity or performance is required."

This issue will continue to drive the desire for scale-out solutions (rather than scale-up) that are not limited by clustering or the requirement to purchase more than you need at any time.

Conclusion: Scale-out has grown dramatically in importance and adoption

Symons added: "From now to the end of the year will prove to be a fascinating period in the storage industry. Flash started this transformation a few years ago. Software-defined storage has in the course of a year or so turned from a buzz word into a real game changer and we would expect this to continue for the foreseeable future."

"As we have positioned ourselves as the leading provider of SDS purpose-built for Windows Server and Hyper-V we are confident that that we are in a strong place. The ability to deliver storage that is elastic and allows precision control to allocate the right capacity and performance to each VM is critical for the Private Cloud that meets customers' needs for control, price/performance, scalability and overall TCO."

About Gridstore
Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore's performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few as 3 nodes and then can grow one or more at a time to deliver a cost effective scale-as-you-grow solution. Headquartered in Mountain View, CA. its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers. For more information, please visit: http://www.gridstore.com.

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