Data Storage field will witness an evolution in coming years and that is in the market of traditional enterprise storage. According to a survey conducted by Wikibon, the market for traditional storage appliances like NAS, SAN and DAS products will suffer a meltdown in next 5 years, as businesses will switch to lower cost server SAN products which are highly scalable and customizable as per the market trends.
According to Stu Miniman, a Senior Analyst and principal research contributor at research community Wikibon, the server san market will grow at a staggering compound annual growth rate of 38% over the next five years, while the traditional enterprise storage market will shrink by 16% CAGR in the same period.
Stu feels that the ability to add features through software modules is particularly important in a world where software-as-a-service offerings are making companies become accustomed to frequent improvements to the applications they use without the need to migrate to new versions of applications.
He feels that if an enterprise buys a storage array today, then they will probably use it till next five years. But as a holistic approach every enterprise will think above that five years time where it wouldn’t want to meddle with old technology. Therefore, they will want a storage resource which is feature and functional rich now and in future.
Server SANs are much flexible than traditional SANS and can grow with an organizations storage needs in future as well. This is where they are having an upper hand over traditional SAN or NAS storage appliances.
The Wikibon researcher feels that Server SANs can beat traditional systems on costs i.e. capital and operational wise and will also show useful functionality in future.
On performance scale also, Server SANs can beat typical VMware virtual SAN systems and regular external storage arrays.
Wikibon’s predicts that server sans will take the traditional SAN market in next five to ten years or so. But there’s already evidence that enterprises are already adopting server SANs in large numbers: sales grew by 187% from $370 million in 2013 to $1.1bn in 2014, according to its Server SAN Research Project 2015 (updated in July 2015.)
Today, the server SAN market is being dominated by a mix of small storage vendors such as StoneFly, Inc., Nutanix, Simplivity and StorMagic and large vendors like HP and VMware.
With a threat from Server SANs looming over traditional enterprise storage market, big companies like EMC, HP, IBM and NetApps are taking the impact. But these companies are well aware of this technological change and are getting prepared for the change. They are categorically and charily going through the market trends, but do not want to jeopardize sales of their conventional products. But in the near future they are depending on the benefits of concentrating on the server SAN market which will surely outweigh the costs.
Server SAN definition – A Server SAN is software led storage built on a commodity server which has a direct attached storage.
StoneFly, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory offers Server SANs in its product range of storage products. StoneFly Server SANs are ideal for environments seeking hyper-converged infrastructure solution to consolidate all of your Server and Storage systems into one easy to manage appliance. Use of virtualized operating systems allows for complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power and cooling costs.
By shifting your existing Windows and Linux physical servers to VMware-compatible Virtual Machines on the StoneFly Unified Server Storage(USS) appliance, you can greatly reduce your hardware footprint and run many more applications on much less hardware.
Campus mirroring to a second on-premises StoneFly USS appliance and asynchronous replication to a USS appliance at a remote site or in the cloud makes the USS the perfect business continuity and disaster recovery solution.
Moreover, StoneFly Server SANs or Unified Storage Server appliances are populated with SSD and SAS storage media. Therefore, applications needing high performance can be automatically tiered to SSD media, while SAS can serve other applications, all possible with the help of StoneFly’s StoneFusion network operating system software.
StoneFly Server SANs are enriched with redundancy, reliability, availability and scalability features to utmost scale and so all those companies which are planning their IT infrastructure on their enterprise futuristic needs can go for this solution without any vacillation.
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