The global software-defined storage (SDS) market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 35% from 2014 to 2019, according to a new report from research firm TechNavio.

SDS is one of the key components of software-defined data centers, the study notes, and SDS can easily be integrated into data center storage systems to create a shared pool of resources for user application access.

“SDS helps enterprises reduce storage infrastructure costs through efficient allocation of resources,” Faisal Ghaus, vice president of TechNavio, said in a statement. “This is the reason many large enterprises have added SDS to their infrastructure paradigm.”

SDS also enhances virtualization through increased control over data allocation, migration and replication, the report says. It also notes the increased adoption of flash-based storage. Storage systems that combine solid state drives, hard disk drives and flash-based caches are gaining popularity among enterprises, the report says.

“Most enterprises consider SDS in flash-based storage as a logical and cost-effective solution, as it provides better suitability and platform independency,” Ghaus said.

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