In 2016 software-defined storage will break out of test environments. To-date, most SDS deployments have been in test/dev, VDI, or non-production IT environments. Why? It provided cheap, flexible storage sandboxes. But with data growing 10x faster than storage budgets and the relentless need for IT to do more with less, we'll see SDS applied to traditional tier 1 and tier 2 environments in 2016. Expect to see a wholesale shift away from traditional arrays to software-defined solutions that lower the cost to own and operate storage by more than 60%. Most companies will do so as they refresh their incumbent SAN and NAS hardware, but many will take the plunge even if the equipment is not at the end of its lifecycle. The economics are just too compelling.
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