MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 7, 2016 — IT administrators and leaders are now more pained by manageability than performance when it comes to data storage. That’s the finding of a new survey of 300 data center professionals, conducted by Tintri, Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments.
Today, Tintri released the results of its annual State of Storage for virtualized enterprises study. The final report is a compilation of feedback from global IT professionals on pains, priorities, opinions and concerns around the storage industry.
Unlike Tintri’s 2015 State of Storage survey, when performance and latency topped the list of storage pain points, this year 49 percent of respondents identified their biggest concern as manageability—a jump of 10 percentage points. At the same time, more than one third of respondents said they still rely on antiquated spreadsheets to manage and map their virtual machines.
Respondents noted that their virtual footprint continues to grow, with one in three indicating that 90 percent of their applications are virtualized, and four in five were at least 50 percent virtualized. One-half of the survey-takers oversee at least 500 virtual machines and more than one-quarter manage 1,000 or more virtual machines.
“The storage landscape and its challenges continue to evolve,” said Yael Zheng, chief marketing officer at Tintri. “While performance remains a top challenge, IT professionals are increasingly concerned about the challenge of managing a complex virtualized infrastructure. Especially at scale—as virtualized and cloud environments expand to tens of thousands of VMs, the burden on IT to manage storage with reduced staffing, predict future growth and maintain uptime will stretch resources to a breaking point.”
The survey also examined the manageability challenges that come with a growing virtual footprint. According to responses, here’s how these challenges are being met:
After manageability, the top storage pain points were performance (46 percent), scale (42 percent), and capital expenses (41 percent)
Sixty-eight percent of respondents indicated that they are evaluating new technologies, with 48 percent evaluating new storage vendors
Of those evaluating new storage vendors, 52 percent are evaluating VM-aware storage, and 44% are looking at all-flash storage options
Consideration of legacy storage providers for future use has declined by 8 percent on average
Most respondents (69%) indicated that they are exploring new technologies to address their current challenges. The most frequently cited evaluation criteria prioritize performance, integration with existing infrastructure, ability to scale, and cost per gigabyte.
About the Survey
The Tintri 2016 State of Storage study was conducted by Tintri with 300 data center professionals in Spring, 2016. All respondents were sent advance copies of the final report so they could compare their experiences and responses with their peers.
Tintri builds smart storage that sees, learns and adapts, enabling IT organizations to focus on virtualized applications and business services instead of managing storage infrastructure. Tintri VM-aware storage eliminates planning and complex troubleshooting by providing VM-level visibility, control, insight and agility. Tintri powers hundreds of thousands of virtual machines running business critical databases, enterprise apps, desktops and mobile apps, and private cloud deployments. Tintri helps global enterprises such as AMD, Chevron, F5 Networks, NEC, NTT, MillerCoors and Time Warner maximize their virtualization and cloud investments. For more information, visit www.tintri.com and follow us on Twitter: @Tintri.
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