Welcome!

Cloud Security Authors: Elizabeth White, Xenia von Wedel, James Carlini, Pat Romanski, Rostyslav Demush

News Feed Item

Maxta Commissions 451 Research to Conduct Midmarket Survey Revealing Strong Interest in Hyper-Convergence and Software-Defined Storage

Survey Reveals 96% of Institutions are Likely to Adopt Software-Defined Storage and 82% are Likely to Adopt Hyper-Converged Infrastructure; 61% Cite Managing Storage at a Virtual Machine Level as Most Appealing Feature

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxta®, a leader in hyper-convergence and software-defined storage, today released results of an independent study conducted by 451 Research of IT purchasers in midmarket companies. A few hundred companies with annual revenues of $100 million to $1 billion were surveyed. The survey, sponsored by Maxta and Intel, revealed a strong interest in deploying Software-Defined Storage (SDS), with 96% of respondents stating that they were "somewhat or very likely" to adopt SDS and 82% stating they were "somewhat or very likely" to adopt a hyper-converged infrastructure. Midmarket storage management problems, often similar to those of larger enterprises, were seen in the survey, amplified by the need for simplification of IT management. These challenges were compounded by additional difficulties in finding staff to maintain complex storage infrastructures. The research findings also confirmed that midmarket companies are very willing to take on new technologies that will help them with the vexing problem of exponential storage growth.

Tweet this: @451research w/ @Maxtainc @intel: 96% likely to adopt #softwaredefined #storage, 82% #hyperconverged; Get report http://bit.ly/1EyrW1j

www.maxta.com.

Survey Highlights Software-Defined Storage

Midmarket companies are showing strong adoption of server virtualization solutions, with a strong interest in SDS solutions. Simplifying storage infrastructure management is seen as a major driver, with VM-level management seen as one of the most appealing features, followed by improving data protection, data integrity and scalability. CAPEX savings have not been a driving factor.

  • 96 percent of respondents are aware of SDS, with 71 percent of respondents stating they were "somewhat likely" to consider deploying SDS, while 25 percent said they were "very likely."
  • 77 percent of companies surveyed indicated that 50 percent or more of their servers are already virtualized.  
  • Given the strong rate of adoption of virtualized servers, it is not surprising that 52 percent of respondents cite simplification of storage management as the key consideration to move to SDS, with 61 percent stating VM-level storage management as the main appeal to move to SDS. High-level skill sets needed to manage complex storage (35 percent), followed closely by the complexity itself (35 percent) were noted as top challenges.
  • 53 percent seek compression and a consistent interest was displayed in enterprise-class data services such as thin provisioning, tiering, de-duplication, snapshots and cloning.
  • 40 percent seek to improve their data protection policies with SDS and 35 percent cite SDS snapshots and cloning as a motivator to SDS.
  • Maintaining data integrity across different systems was a challenge for 46 percent, with scalability being highlighted by 41 percent as a motivator to move to SDS.
  • 53 percent of respondents want the ability to support mixed drive types – server side, SSD, spinning disk, indicating broad use case and workload interest.
  • Somewhat surprising was that only 16 percent of respondents selected price (CAPEX) or the ability to deploy on less expensive commodity x86 hardware as a significant benefit of SDS solutions.

Survey Highlights Hyper-Convergence
Respondents' interest in hyper-convergence appears to be driven by the reduction of operating expenses which many would find synonymous with the simplification of IT management. Half of the respondents cited that cost savings would be part of their evaluation consideration. Compatibility and configuration also made the list of concerns validating the need for reference architectures and ordering simplicity. Maxta has seen strong interest in MaxDeploy™ reference architectures, which provide pre-configured and pre-validated solutions that can run on any x86 server platform, with recent evaluators of hyper-converged solutions expressing strong interest in MaxDeploy running on both Intel and Supermicro servers. These solutions provide organizations greater than 30% savings over a hyper-converged solution running on branded server platforms and greater than 55% savings compared to an appliance-based hyper-converged architecture.

  • 87 percent of respondents were aware of hyper-convergence, with 82 percent of respondents stating they were "somewhat likely" or "very likely" to consider a hyper-converged infrastructure; 36 percent of those aware of hyper-convergence stated they were unclear of the total benefits and/or full meaning of hyper-convergence, indicating that an improved understanding could increase results to be more consistent with the SDS findings.
  • 62 percent state simplification of IT infrastructure as a key motivator to consider hyper-convergence.
  • More than SDS at 35 percent, 52 percent of respondents are seeking to reduce management and operational costs with hyper-convergence. 50 percent stated they would want to see a cost savings use case as part of their evaluation process.       
  • 29 percent shared some concern about compatibility and configuration along with 42 percent requiring a demo as part of the evaluation process. Results indicate a need for pre-configured systems and validated reference architectures.
  • Fueling the debate of whether hyper-convergence is a virtualization or storage purchase, 37 percent would evaluate hyper-convergence in the same way they evaluated server virtualization and 28 percent in the same way they would evaluate a storage array.

Quotes

"Storage has not kept pace with compute in terms of the simplicity, availability, agility, and overall cost," said Yoram Novick, Maxta founder, president and CEO. "The 451 Research findings show significant demand for SDS and hyper-convergence, including the need for the simplification of IT, enterprise-class data services, and cost efficiencies. By offering the choice of MxSP VM-centric software-defined storage and MaxDeploy family of hyper-converged solutions, customers have the maximum flexibility to choose the best solution for them with the complete flexibility to run on the server, hypervisor, and storage of their choice."
Yoram Novick, CEO, Maxta, Inc.

"Software-defined infrastructure (SDI) is the foundation for the future of the data center. The survey demonstrated a strong market interest from midmarket organizations to simplify infrastructure management. Software-defined storage and hyper-converged systems are ways to do just that: simplify management," said Bev Crair, general manager of the storage division at Intel.  "The recently announced IntelR XeonR E5-2600 v3 processors provide the performance and scale to enable organizations to transform their storage."
Bev Crair, GM, Storage Division, Intel Corporation

"Software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure are coming of age," said Tim Stammers, senior analyst at 451 Research. "Midmarket companies face mounting challenges storing and managing ever-growing volumes of data. Clearly there is a demand for IT infrastructure that is simpler to manage, and can scale out as data grows. Hyper-converged systems and software-defined storage are strong candidates to meet these needs."
Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst, Storage, 451 Research

Maxta and Intel commissioned 451 Research to poll online 200 midmarket U.S. businesses, defined as those companies with $100 million to $1 billion in annual revenue. Respondents were IT, data center, storage, networking and operations managers, as well as executive managers with responsibility for or influence on IT infrastructure purchasing decisions. The majority of these businesses were managing 25 TB or more of data as their storage infrastructure.

Connect with Maxta
Go to 451 Midmarket Survey Summary
Visit Maxta Website
Read the Maxta Blog
Follow us on Twitter
Visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook

About Maxta
Maxta maximizes the promise of hyper-convergence. Maxta software-defined storage solutions provide organizations the choice to deploy hyper-convergence on any x86 server, use any hypervisor and any combination of storage devices. The simplicity of Maxta's VM-centric solution reduces IT management to further maximize cost savings.  Hyper-scale, enterprise-level data services and capacity optimization, empower organizations to hyper-converge, eliminating the need for SAN or NAS devices. Think outside the storage box.  For more information visit http://www.maxta.com.

About 451 Research
451 Research is a preeminent information technology research and advisory company. With a core focus on technology innovation and market disruption, we provide essential insight for leaders of the digital economy. More than 100 analysts and consultants deliver that insight via syndicated research, advisory services and live events to over 1,000 client organizations in North America, Europe and around the world. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in New York, 451 Research is a division of The 451 Group.

CONTACT AGENCY:
Judy Smith
JPR Communications
818-798-1475
[email protected]

Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131203/LA26139LOGO

SOURCE Maxta

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
No hype cycles or predictions of a gazillion things here. IoT is here. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He also discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
BnkToTheFuture.com is the largest online investment platform for investing in FinTech, Bitcoin and Blockchain companies. We believe the future of finance looks very different from the past and we aim to invest and provide trading opportunities for qualifying investors that want to build a portfolio in the sector in compliance with international financial regulations.
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architec...
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
We are given a desktop platform with Java 8 or Java 9 installed and seek to find a way to deploy high-performance Java applications that use Java 3D and/or Jogl without having to run an installer. We are subject to the constraint that the applications be signed and deployed so that they can be run in a trusted environment (i.e., outside of the sandbox). Further, we seek to do this in a way that does not depend on bundling a JRE with our applications, as this makes downloads and installations rat...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lead...
Digital Transformation (DX) is not a "one-size-fits all" strategy. Each organization needs to develop its own unique, long-term DX plan. It must do so by realizing that we now live in a data-driven age, and that technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, the IoT, Cognitive Computing, and Blockchain are only tools. In her general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rebecca Wanta explained how the strategy must focus on DX and include a commitment from top management to create great IT jobs, monitor ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
The IoT Will Grow: In what might be the most obvious prediction of the decade, the IoT will continue to expand next year, with more and more devices coming online every single day. What isn’t so obvious about this prediction: where that growth will occur. The retail, healthcare, and industrial/supply chain industries will likely see the greatest growth. Forrester Research has predicted the IoT will become “the backbone” of customer value as it continues to grow. It is no surprise that retail is ...