451 Research Expects Growth of SDI Spending

By Casey Houser March 14, 2016

Big news for the software-defined infrastructure (SDI) market emanated from last week’s release of the 451 Research’s recent “Voice of the Enterprise” survey. Across the board, from software-defined networking (SDN) to virtualized storage systems, respondents (companies surveyed) noted that they intend to increase their spending on SDI.

About 67 percent of the entire respondent base in this Q4 2015 study of more than 900 IT professionals said it intended to increase spending in the manner noted above. Although a handful of businesses, three percent, said they would be cutting back their budgets for software-based infrastructure, the majority of companies showed just the opposite. Simon Robinson, the vice president of research at 451 Research, said the overwhelming tendency to add virtualized infrastructure to a company’s ranks comes from the need for efficiency and agility.

“As every business becomes a digital business, decision-makers are looking to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of their overall IT environment; this is encouraging decision-makers to explore new IT delivery models,” Robinson said.

451 Research’s findings support the assertion that its surveyed population – projecting to all global businesses – simply want to make their operations more efficient and easier to use across various situations. First, consider that 37.4 percent of respondents said they intend to increase their spending on SDN. This may include an investment in physical servers that come adept at handling ready-made software that handles virtual network functions; it also will likely include spending on the software itself. In tandem, new hardware will meet with today’s software for a combination of ease of use and cost effectiveness.

Similarly, software-based storage systems can include a mix of assets on which business can invest their dollars (26.9 percent of respondents here said they would increase their spending on such storage). They will certainly hope to receive, in return for that investment, better control over files and a more robust disaster recovery system. It and SDN, which may take advantage of cloud storage, can give employees and managers access to all parts of a business from any location with an Internet connection.

451 Research put in its own two cents about how companies and product vendors should address the private sector’s willingness to jump head first. Most importantly, it says, businesses should look at their internal skill and seek to fill any gaps that may arise. If, for instance, their storage systems do not appear up to ambitions, it may be time to find a vendor that can provide easier access to files or a more robust recovery system.

In turn, vendors will want to be proactive in their approach to solving their clients’ issues. They should remain straightforward about what system requirements a business will need – such as how many servers, what type, and what style of software – to reach their goals. Consistent communication between each entity will play a pivotal role in the success of any partnership and the proper development of any new SDN or similar systems inside any workplace.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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