Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualised server and virtual desktop environments, today released the findings of a study carried out on its behalf by technology market research provider Vanson Bourne. The poll asked a total of 200 IT decision makers in the UK and Germany ‘What actions are you planning to take over the next three years to future-proof your data centre storage performance?’ The results point towards the continued trust in the hybrid storage model, the increased adoption of flash storage, and the unabated growth of cloud services.
Looking at the results more closely we find that between now and 2020:
- Across the two countries an average of 48% of respondents are planning to maintain hybrid storage systems. This is split as 38% in the UK and a much higher 58% in Germany, indicating earlier or greater confidence in this architecture by German organisations
- A significant 62% across all IT decision makers polled are planning to add cloud services, with the figures breaking down as 55% in the UK and 68% in Germany. Among the implications of these results are that Germany is once again ahead of the UK in terms of adoption curve, and that the move to the cloud and the related need for cost management are likely to be driving factors behind the growth of hybrid and flash storage respectively
- Approximately one in three (29%) respondents are planning to introduce flash arrays in their environments. Specifically the figures revealed in the study come to 30% for the UK and 27% for Germany. The slight difference could be due to the higher uptake of flash storage already found in Germany compared to the UK
- When looking at specific vertical markets, unsurprisingly organisations in the IT space tend to lead the adoption trend for hybrid storage (70%) and cloud services (85%), ahead of segments such as financial, manufacturing and retail
- Size matters: whilst in the UK 48% of companies with 1,000 to 3,000 employees are planning to maintain a hybrid storage system, this figure drops to 28% when staff numbers are above 3,000
- In Germany the discrepancy is far less marked at just 4% (56% and 60%)
- The size of the organisation also seems to affect the introduction of flash arrays with 34% of UK respondents from teams of 1,000 to 3,000 planning to add this technology over the next three years, against 26% in larger businesses
- Interestingly, the difference is much greater in Germany, with the figures at 16% and 38% respectively.
“As this study shows, the next three years are going to bring significant changes in the datacentre, with many of them taking place at the storage level,” said Paul Silver, Vice President EMEA, Tegile. “While the price of flash continues to decrease, hybrid storage remains very strong on the back of its ability to help organisations benefit from performance and affordable TCO. As the gap in the overall price between flash and traditional storage closes we will see an increase in the number of organisations deploying flash for more and more applications, making it possible to adopt much faster performance even in nice-to-have environments simply because it won’t cost any more to deploy flash than it will disk drives. That will be a significant milestone for the storage industry and one that Tegile is pushing hard towards.’