Storage systems have gone from being simple to being swamped: There’s more data than ever before, from more sources than anyone could have imagined just a few years ago. At the same time, research, regulatory, and compliance requirements are making the challenge of data management more complex.

“Storage is at a breaking point across the enterprise,” says Simon Robinson, research analyst for 451 Research. “Most organizations have an ‘accidental architecture’ of storage solutions that were put in place to meet specific needs, but the result is a costly, complex, and unscalable hodgepodge of systems that consume management time and can’t support changes in the business environment.”

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