The Journey to a Hybrid Software Defined Storage Infrastructure S01E01

This is the first episode of “The Journey to a Hybrid Software Defined Storage Infrastructure”. It is a IBM TEC Study made by Angelo Bernasconi, PierLuigi Buratti, Luca Polichetti, Matteo Mascolo, Francesco Perillo.

Some episodes will follow and may be a S02 next year as well.

Happy reading.

1.    Scope of this Study

Storage environment and Storage infrastructure has seen a huge change in the last 15 years, starting from:

  • DASD, direct attached storage
  • SAN, Storage Area Network
  • Storage Virtualization
  • Cloud Storage

With the SAN starting from 2001 we started to see the introduction of Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions based on Storage Subsystem functionalities and FC connectivity as well

With Storage Virtualization starting from 2003 we started to see the Storage Copy Function moving from the storage subsystem to the SAN first and the leverage of some new important functionalities like Real Time Compression (RtC), Flash Storage and Data Deduplication later. Storage Virtualization set the base where to build the Software Defined Storage Infrastructure and the next Cloud Storage.

With Cloud Storage, thanks to storage virtualization, we are still leveraging all the functionalities exploited in the past years and in addition the iSCSI connectivity will see a sort of rebirth thanks to the new 20Gb and 40Gb speed with RDMA. Object Storage as well is something that is taking place too in the Storage Cloud arena.

This study aims to show how it is possible to leverage a Software Defined Storage technologies in the design of general storage solutions with an emphasis about Hybrid Storage Infrastructure on premise, off-premise, and for DR solutions, starting from actual customer business needs going through the benefits supplied by such kind of infrastructure down to the technology components that can be applied.

The consumers of this study would be Sales, Pre-sales and Architects, all having a picture of nowadays IT dilemma in satisfying business needs and to be proactive in their approaches to our Clients.

They will also understand what is the IBM Storage Strategy and Vision

2.        The Business problem (or the Business opportunity)

The global cloud storage market was expected to grow from USD 18.87 Billion in 2015 to USD 65.41 Billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 28.2% during the forecast period.

The forecast is usually focused on key adoption trends, future opportunities, and business cases in this market.

Analyst expects that increased adoption of cloud storage solutions across the healthcare & life science industry will drive this market towards high growth rate.

The factors such as increasing adoption of cloud storage solutions by the large enterprises are driving the cloud storage market globally.

The demand for this market is also being driven by big data and increasing adoption of cloud storage gateway.

Niche players provide most the cloud storage solutions and many other companies have emerged and are expected to evolve in the coming time.

In 2015, North America was estimated (data to be confirmed) to be the top contributor in the cloud storage market due to increasing technological acceptance and high awareness about emerging data storage concerns in the organization. However, APAC and some countries in MEA are expected to show tremendous growth in this market.

The cloud storage market is broadly segmented by:

  • solutions and services:
    • by solution: primary storage solution, backup storage solution, disaster recovery solution, cloud storage gateway solution, data movement and access solution;
    • by service: consulting services, system and networking integration, support training and education;
  • by deployment model: public, private, and hybrid;
  • by organizational size into SMBs and large enterprises;
  • by vertical:
    • BFSI,
    • manufacturing,
    • retail and consumer goods,
    • telecommunication and IT,
    • media and entertainment,
    • government, healthcare and life sciences,
    • energy and utilities,
    • research and education,
    • and others.

Many variables including political, economic, social, technological and economic factors can influence the impact on the market, considering the Country or the Region considered.

 

3.        Data explosion and new workload forecast

Today IT world and specific the Storage World is facing since some years a tremendous data explosion, as shown in the following picture as per 2014 forecast.

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This data explosion will concern mainly the unstructured data.

The following picture shows the growing ration between unstructured and structured data in the next years.

Because of this explosion customer are facing some new challenges as following:

Of course, our customer challenges become our challenges.

More than this, the Service Provider are calling to face some different challenges in addition of their customer challenges as shown in the following picture:

Hence Service Provider and IT Enterprise Customer need to have a common approach that leads to:

  • Reduce Cost
  • Secure Data
  • Manage Oceans of Data
  • Agile and Flexible Deployments
  • Make Data Highly Available, especially in case of Disaster

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This is the end of Episode #1. Next Episode will come shortly

Thank you for reading.

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