Software Defined Storage Trends in 2022

CIO Review Europe | Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Software-defined storage is planning to develop the automation and remote management of data centres in 2022

FREMONT, CA: It is observed that even if on-premises data centres are losing customers to the public cloud, they are still an essential piece of storage infrastructure. On-premises server spending fell to 30 per cent in 2022. By 2023, public clouds will host 50 per cent of workloads, up from 40 per cent today. However, real servers won't disappear because the hardware is still the biggest area of IT investment. They will instead be developed into better cloud infrastructure.

Server-attached SSDs are becoming more predominant than ever. The majority of businesses 55 per cent use SATA-based SSDs in their servers, with another 14 per cent planning to do so in the next two years. Only 40 per cent of companies use SAS SSDs, with another 16 per cent planning to do so within the next two years. The adoption of NVMe SSDs is accelerating as well. In 2019, it was discovered that 13 per cent of businesses had implemented NVMe locally in their physical servers. According to a 2022 forecast, this has increased to 37 per cent and will reach 54 per cent in less than two years. NVMe adoption has risen even further, reaching 45 per cent of businesses with 500 or more employees.

In 2014, 14 per cent of enterprises used external flash storage; today, 24 per cent do, and in two years, 44 per cent will. Only 14 per cent of small businesses (those with 1-99 employees) use all-flash storage, compared to 39 per cent of larger businesses. At the moment, 36 per cent of businesses have combined on-premises infrastructure with the public cloud. The majority of businesses are expected to have hybrid cloud capabilities by the end of 2023, thanks to an additional 18 per cent of businesses planning to implement this capability within the next two years.

Enterprises with 500+ working professionals are more likely to use a hybrid cloud at 49 per cent, compared to SMBs at 29 per cent, which is less likely (1-499 employees). With three out of four organisations aiming to interface with a public cloud within two years, businesses expect to expand this capability at a quicker rate in the future. By the end of 2023, 57 per cent of firms plan to have adopted ‘pay-as-you-go’ consumption-based infrastructure, even though only 25 per cent of organisations already use it.

In general, the adoption of new technology happens more quickly the larger a company is in terms of headcount. More automation and remote management are two things that businesses want. Research is very encouraging for all-flash arrays, hybrid flash-disk arrays, and hybrid on-premises/public cloud architectures, especially for subscription-based products.

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