Data Practice: Data Storage

The Data Storage discipline covers all aspects of storage systems, media, software and solutions in the enterprise. Vendor solutions and products are divided into three sub-categories; Storage Systems, Storage Media and Storage Software. Storage Software is further sub-divided into Software Defined (SDS) solutions and Container Attached Storage (CAS). Note: if you represent a vendor and feel your products/solutions should be included in our reports, please contact us at [email protected]


Storage Systems are purpose-built appliances, designed to provide advanced storage services to applications in the enterprise.  This category covers technology deployed on-premises, either as a lease/acquire solution or storage on-demand (storage as a service) deployment.


The Storage Media sub-category covers all persistent media types deployed in the enterprise, either on-premises or as part of a public or hybrid cloud solution.  Technology covered includes hard drives, flash memory, persistent memory and tape.

  • Solid-State Storage in the Modern Data Centre - significant update to the previous NVMe in the data centre paper, published previously here.  This paper publishes June 2022, with updates in September, December and March 2023.


Storage Software covers two areas; software-defined storage (SDS) and container-attached storage (CAS). Container-attached solutions are separated from general SDS as they provide a subset of functionality and deployment models. Reports in the Storage Software area are:

  • Essential Features of Container-Attached Storage - 2021 edition available here, 2022 edition publishes February 2022.  This ebook is chargeable premium content, with free updates throughout the year in May, August and November.