This week’s top stories in software-defined infrastructure, June 13 – 17

SDI is on the risein 2016, NetApp reaches number two in the all-flash market and Cisco enters the analytics market

A new Gartner report predicts that the software-driven, commoditized data center will outpace traditional data center components in the coming years. According to the analyst firm, the traditional storage market is being replaced by software-defined infrastructure. In 2013, 97 percent the market was made up of hybrid and HDD arrays; however, Gartner predicts that the traditional storage market of hybrid and HDD arrays will drop to 44 percent by 2019. “Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is actually happening,” writes NetworkWorld’s Patrick Nelson in his take on Gartner’s latest findings.

NetApp is now number two in the all-flash market, The Register reports, surpassing Pure, HPE and IBM. The company grew 238 percent between 2015 and 2016. In the first quarter of 2016, NetApp generated $181.1 million in revenues and had 22.8 percent market share. Pure has also been increasing its market share, taking its place behind NetApp with $139.9 million in revenues and 15 percent market share.

The need for IT infrastructure expansion is a fundamental necessity for enterprises in the 21st century. Fedscoop explains why software-defined infrastructure is the key to being able to expand your IT infrastructure quickly and with more flexibility. Randy Hahn, a director at Verizon, explains that Verizon saw the need for SDN in 2010 and began incorporating it into their systems in 2014. “SDN not only helps agencies manage risk in virtualized cloud environments, but also helps enable managed services within secure enclaves.”

Cisco this week announced Tetration Analytics, a new product which increases visibility in data centers. One of its main features is the ability to collect data and supply analytics in real time. Tetration Analytics also includes “what amounts to a ‘time machine for the data center’ that gathers and stores historical data and simulates what might happen,” according to a blog post by Cisco’s Chuck Robbins. This ability allows enterprises to replay events in the data center, predict the future, and examine a specific moment in time to see exactly what happened during a certain second, Robbins writes. According to Robbins, the product will fill a visibility gap in the data center that has been holding organizations back from true digital transformation.

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