Evaluator Group Releases New Research Study, “Storage as a Service Comes of Age – A Study of Enterprise User Perceptions and Requirements”

Tuesday, October 8th 2019

New research study from Evaluator Group examines the progression of STaaS as an on-premises offering and recommendations on how enterprise users should evaluate technology delivered as a service.

Boulder, CO, October 8th, 2019 – Storage as a service (STaaS) is a cloud-like storage resource implemented as an on-premises service that offers users immediacy, scalability, and pay-per-use flexibility without security and performance variability issues.  STaaS is now “coming of age,” as evidenced in this study, as end users look for pay-as-go and storage consolidations options.

Storage-as-a-Service Comes of Age guides users through the maze of approaches and issues they will encounter when evaluating STaaS. It also offers a window into mixed and sometimes conflicting user perceptions; highlighting the potential motivations for deploying STaaS, while pointing out the reasons why users may have misgivings.

“Clients want on-premises solutions, but current procurement processes are painful at best.  Our research points to STaaS being a vehicle to reduce the pain of acquisition while rapidly responding to business needs,” said Camberley Bates, Managing Partner, Evaluator Group.

“The options available from STaaS vendors for management, capacity expansion and SLA commitment are many and varied,” said John Webster, Senior Analyst, Evaluator Group. “End users need to fully understand these offerings before they make long-term commitments.”

Evaluator Group’s new research study was created by conducting an incisive survey and in-depth interviews with enterprise IT technical staff, as well as managers who often had responsibility for all IT infrastructure within their organizations. Interview respondents represented differing responsibility levels, from executive to operational administrator, and were distributed evenly across most of the industries surveyed.

In addition to outlining enterprise’s current perceptions of STaaS, this research uncovered the top motivations for evaluating storage-as-a-service solutions. The top five drivers are:

  • Needing an on-premise, cloud-like storage solution
  • Storage system consolidation
  • Meeting unpredictable storage demand
  • Desiring to pay for storage on a pay-as-you-go basis
  • Gaining immediate access to the latest technology

And while we also found wide receptivity to the STaaS concept, we saw that over 50% of the potential STaaS users we surveyed expressed a need to have confidence in the STaaS vendor before moving forward. This study points to the factors that will build that confidence. This study also offers guideposts for other as a service solutions such a Compute as a Service.

For more information and to download this free abbreviated report (website registration required), click here.

A subscription package is also available that delivers the complete research study plus reviews of the top providers including Dell EMC, HPE, IBM, Pure Storage and Zadara.  The package includes the Evaluation Guide and Product Briefs providing Evaluator Group’s opinion and a review of each product using our EvaluScale methodology. For a full list of products and coverage, please see our website.

About Evaluator Group
Evaluator Group Inc., an Information Management and Data Storage analyst firm, has been covering information systems for over 20 years. IT Executives and Managers use Evaluator Group research daily to make informed decisions on architecting and purchasing systems that support their continuously evolving data requirements. We surpass the current technology analysis landscape by defining requirements and providing an in-depth knowledge of products as well as the intricacies that dictate successful long-term information delivery strategies.

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