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The 3 Storage Statistics to Remember

Two days ago, we unveiled the State of Storage study, highlighting just what makes our storage peers tick. From performance pain to capital expense stress, respondents' troubles often stemmed from the grievous restrictions of conventional storage and the limitations of LUNs.

In fact, across all situations, data center professionals on legacy storage consistently experienced greater pain than their colleagues using emerging storage technology. And despite 66% of respondents working for organizations with more than 50 percent of workloads virtualized, cost-per-gigabyte remained a more important buying factor than cost-per-VM.

Here are three other takeaways from the 1,000 data center professionals who responded:


1. Emerging storage technology reduces pain

The table below captures the top three storage pains reported by respondents, and organizes them by the type of storage respondents reported using:

  Legacy Storage Emerging Storage
Performance (Latency) 53% 30%
Capital Expenses (Reduce Spend) 44% 36%
Manageability (Admin Time/Effort) 39% 21%

 

Across every dimension, legacy storage technologies cause significantly more pain than emerging storage—and we're not surprised. We already know that carving LUNs and volumes can take far too much time, and that's not even mentioning the constant upkeep data center professionals must perform in order to keep rogue VMs and noisy neighbors under control.

 

2. Admins spend twice as much time on manual tuning than on strategic projects

 

Respondents on both legacy and emerging storage spent the same amount of time trying to manually tune their storage, which turned out to be twice as much time as they did working on high-impact projects.

 

Manually replicating, cloning, trobleshooting and tuning LUNs isn't an easy task on most emerging storage, much less legacy storage, and unless they were on Tintri, it cut into valuable strategic time.

3. Buyers still use cost-per-gigabyte as a buying factor instead of cost-per-VM

While 66% of respondents work for organizations where more than 50% of workloads are virtualized (with 38% using more than one hypervisor), respondents still named cost-per-gigabyte as the third most important factor when purchasing a new storage system. (Performance and ease of use came in first and second, respectively.)

But as storage and virtual admins provision VMs with increasing pace, cost-per-VM is a far more important indicator of storage cost.

The State of Storage survey drives home a key message: legacy storage simply cannot meet the demands of the ever-more-virtualized data center. Organizations that have prioritized virtualization must source storage that enables their vision. And Tintri is the only storage specifically designed to operate in virtual machines. Storage doesn’t have to be painful; just ask Tintri customers.


 

Interested in the entire State of Storage Survey? Check out our State of Storage Webinar, and share our State of Storage infographic.

 

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