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.


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-Native Storage (BRKWP0301) - 2022 edition available here, 2023 edition will publish in July 2023.  This ebook is chargeable premium content.
  • Validating Software-Defined Storage Operating Models for the Enterprise (BRKSW0140) - Free eBook looking at the deployment models for software-defined storage (SDS) and associated hardware.  Specifically discusses proprietary, DIY, supported and task-specific models.