Unlike the globally interconnected world of network security and cloud, Chinese network security and cloud data center infrastructure vendors are differentiating themselves through local, grassroots movements. According to a recent Gartner® report1, “Despite the growth opportunities, the infrastructure software-defined storage (iSDS) market in China is highly ‘fragmented’. “Sixty percent of Chinese enterprises will adopt iSDS technology in core data centers or public clouds by 2025, up from 30% today,” states Gartner, in their recent “Competitive Landscape: Chinese Infrastructure Software-Defined Storage Vendors” publication.1


What is iSDS?

Infrastructure software-defined storage separates storage from hardware. Wikipedia defines “software-defined storage” including some form of virtualization, allowing administrators to separately manage the hardware and software, in addition to performing, “data deduplication, replication, thin provisioning, snapshots and backup.” Software-defined infrastructure is used to control IT elements using software, instead of the traditional hardware controls, which provide far less flexibility.  It has also been proven to reduce costs by limiting an enterprises dependency on software and hardware, and also by using virtualization and cloud, over traditional pricy hardware deployment.


How Hybrid Cloud Drives Software & Infrastructure

The recent explosion of hybrid cloud adoption is no surprise, due to the many scenarios where it seems to be dominating. A few examples of hybrid cloud use cases include: 


  1. Frequently changing workloads. Allows IT teams to allocate dynamic workloads to public cloud, while protecting more sensitive data (i.e. financial) to a private cloud environment or on-premises data center
  2. Big data processing. Process big data as-needed using public cloud, while you use private cloud to enhance security behind your firewall. 
  3. Cloud at your pace. Test your needs and capabilities, and gradually add the cloud infrastructure you need, based on your tests. 
  4. Flexibility. Hybrid cloud allows you to shift and scale as needed in the future, based on needs, not on predictions and budget.
  5. Best of both worlds. A hybrid cloud approach gives you the best of public and private cloud, without the need to fully commit to one, dated method or solution. 


This flexibility and the many benefits of hybrid cloud are defining how we think about software and infrastructure. Enterprises are no longer locked-into big investments, choosing instead to go the software-defined route, proven to be more scalable and financially prudent. 


Sangfor Technologies, an Asian-based, leading iSDS vendor specializing in enterprise-level security, cloud computing and IT infrastructure solutions, was recognized in the recent Gartner report released on December 17, 2021 entitled "Competitive Landscape: Chinese Infrastructure Software-Defined Storage Vendor" For more information on  reports where  Sangfor Technologies was included please see Gartner Magic Quadrant™ report for Hyperconverged Infrastructure software2, Network Firewalls3 and Secure Web Gateways4. To learn about customer reviews of Sangfor solutions please visit here... For more information on how Sangfor Technologies is helping create China’s software-defined infrastructure of the future, visit our website today. 


1 Competitive Landscape: Chinese Infrastructure Software-Defined Storage Vendors, , Uko Tian, 17 December 2021
2 Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software”, Jeffrey Hewitt, Philip Dawson, Julia Palmer, and Tony Harvey, 17 November 2021.
3 Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls”, Rajpreet Kaur, Jeremy D'Hoinne, Nat Smith and Adam Hils, 1 November 2021.
4 Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateways”, by Lawrence Orans, John Watts, 8 December 2020


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