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In my post, “Why software defined storage is a topic for the boardroom?” I have recently discussed the importance of discussing investments in the Software Defined Storage are at the board level.

But in today’s ROI driven IT discussions, opinion isn’t enough to sway decision-makers. But a new study from IDC has taken things a step further, interviewing organizations who’ve implemented SDS to illustrate its proven quantifiable benefits with hard facts.

According to the report, those who’ve done so will realize business value worth an average of $1.74 million over five years, which equates to an average return on investment of 505% and a break even on their initial investment in just eight months. But how? I’ve listed the five key areas in which SDS has proven quantifiable benefits below (but I really encourage you to get the full study here):

  • Less team time devoted to storage – SDS empowers IT teams by dynamically provisioning storage. They’re able to spend less time on day-to-day activities and focus on strategic business growth activities. The results show that on average IT teams using SDS spend 75% less time devoted to storage-related help desk tickets and 83% less time provisioning storage. In addition, business applications are delivered in less time (32% faster) and time between user or customer requests for applications or services being made and delivery is shortened (26% less time).
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  • Improved revenues – Those organizations using SDS solutions attribute a higher revenue – an average of $1 million per year – to SDS, and they report increased productivity for employees who use business applications on a daily basis that perform better running on the SDS platform than their traditional SAN storage infrastructures. Those interviewed said SDS helped their business and operations scale to meet business demand, meet changing operational demands and compete better.
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  • More cost-effective & efficient IT infrastructures – Those using SDS have lowered storage-related costs and reduced operating expenses such as power, cooling and datacenter space. EMC’s customers have also lowered storage-related costs with ScaleIO. The ability to dynamically distribute storage in-line with business demand also helps reduce overprovisioning storage. Organisations using EMC ScaleIO SDS solution also say that they can replace hardware without having to buy new software, which reduces their costs even further.
  • Improved security & reliability – Businesses using SDS say they are benefiting from a more efficient distribution of storage resource consumption and the ability to scale without friction or downtime mean fewer impactful outages (38%), faster resolution of problems (16%) and less impact on users of IT services (96%).
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  • Reduced operating costs – SDS users report they’re deploying and operating the solutions at a substantially lower cost than more traditional tiered-architecture approach. IDC calculates that these organizations will incur costs that are on average of 50% lower thanks to IT infrastructure cost reductions and avoidances; IT staff efficiencies in terms of deploying, maintaining and supporting SDS; and the reduced impact of unplanned outages on users.
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Naturally there are challenges to overcome when selecting and implementing a new solution, and these challenges will vary from organization to organization as I explained in my post “Choosing the right Software Defined Solution for your business”. But as these figures show, when implemented successfully, the measurable business benefits of SDS are huge.

I’d be interested to know whether these figures have been enough to convince you to consider SDS in your business IT strategy or whether you still have reservations, what they might be. Let me know in the comments.

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Antonio Romeo

Antonio Romeo is an expert in designing management architecture for the virtualized data centre and cloud computing environments. With 20+ years’ experience in the ICT industry as a consultant and technical architect, Antonio has worked with companies around the world to drive transformation and change through IT innovation. Prior to joining Dell EMC, he held positions with IBM, Cap Gemini and Telecom Italia. Antonio joined Dell EMC in 2008 and now works closely with the broader Federation team to bring the value of Software-defined storage and cloud infrastructure to its customers, helping them build trusted and secure hybrid clouds to support greater business demands for agility, security and scale. His team is spread over more than 20 countries across EMEA, whilst his own home base is in the village of Cinquefrondi, Italy. As well as his family, Antonio is passionate about his two pet cats, and reading - technical literature as well as books about how technology is transforming business.

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