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Linux Foundation Research and SODA Foundation Release New Trends in Data and Storage for the Enterprise

LOS ANGELES, 12 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – KubeCon – The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the release of the Data and Storage Trends Report 2021, produced in collaboration between SODA Foundation and Linux Foundation Research. It reveals new findings on how businesses use data and storage for cloud services and workloads in the age of cloud native, Edge, IoT, and 5G. The SODA Foundation is also a sponsor of this week’s KubeCon event.

“Data has changed the nature of enterprise computing and business operations,” said Steven tan, President of the SODA Foundation and Vice President and CTO of Cloud Storage Solution at Futurewei. “Companies can no longer take a passive or reactive approach to market changes or customer behavior. Understanding how to collect, manage and consume data is a competitive advantage in today’s digital economy, and we believe the 2021 Data and Storage Trends Report can inform that journey. ”

“Our collaboration with the SODA Foundation represents our service to the industry and the community as a research center to understand the main technological trends that inform open source development and resource allocation,” said Hilary carter, vice president of Linux Foundation Research. “Linux Foundation Research is pleased to do this important work with the SODA Foundation, and we believe that the 2021 Storage and Data Trends Report can advance the work of its community and the open source ecosystem and the wider technological community. ”

The main findings of the report include:

  • Storage needs go from terabytes to petabytes
    • The annual growth of consumer data is between 1 and 100 TB per year, as shown in the study. However, 9% of the sample recorded annual data growth of 1PB or more. This is 10-100 times the growth of the general public and is probably a harbinger of where many businesses will end up in a few years.
  • Businesses Turn to Cloud-Based Containerized Environments
    • Forty-eight percent of organizations use cloud virtual machines in production and development environments, while 75% use Kubernetes or a hybrid combination of on-premises and public cloud Kubernetes.
  • Software-defined storage could revolutionize the way we manage data
    • When asked what storage technologies are included in the company’s storage infrastructure, three technologies shared a leadership position. File storage (65%), software-defined storage (60%), and public cloud storage (60%) are the storage technologies of choice for most businesses.
  • Containerized cloud native storage is not without its problems
    • Performance was identified by 49% of end user businesses as the number one issue when using containers and / or cloud native storage. Performance was closely followed by availability at 46%.
  • Open source projects are shaping the use of data and storage infrastructure
    • Thirty-seven percent of companies are engaged with the SODA Foundation, the # 1 response, while GlusterFS and Alluxio followed.
  • Businesses obsessed with data protection and security
    • 61% data protection and availability and 57% security and compliance were the top two capabilities identified by end users.

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The SODA Foundation is also a sponsor of KubeCon. Please visit us at booth S23 or at our virtual booth.

Survey partners include Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Japan Data Storage Forum (JDSF), China Open Source Cloud League (COSCL), Open Infrastructure Foundation (OIF), Mulan Open Source Community and Storage Performance Council (CPS).

Quotes from partners

Cloud Native Computing Foundation
“Storage is one of the most essential components of cloud native infrastructure, but historically persistent storage systems have been running outside of cloud native and Kubernetes environments,” said Chris Aniszczyk, technical director of the CNCF. “That has changed in recent years as cloud native storage space has exploded with the emergence of new tools and industry efforts to enable persistent state storage in cloud native environments. The Data and Storage Trends Report provides valuable insight to help the ecosystem understand how these tools are being adopted in cloud environments. ”

NTT Communications
“It’s clear that open source is paving the way for innovation in the data and storage space. We now know how companies are using open source to advance their cloud native and container strategies. The SODA Foundation’s Data and Storage Trends Report will be an invaluable resource for the months to come, ”said Kei kusunoki, infrastructure engineer, NTT Communications.

Foundation for Open Infrastructure
“The results of the SODA 2021 Data and Storage Trends report show how important open infrastructure is to large organizations managing data at the petabyte scale. Technologies such as containers and software-defined storage will lead the way, with open source and open communities being the primary drivers to make it happen, ”said Allison Award, Director of Marketing and Community, Open Infrastructure Foundation.

“The results of the Data and Storage Trends report really highlight where we can help our members and accelerate technical development to take full advantage of this data,” said Richelle Ahlvers, Board of Directors and Secretary of SNIA. “This is an extremely useful body of work from the SODA Foundation and the Linux Foundation Research.”

Yahoo Japan
“The SODA Foundation is in a unique position to be able to survey a diverse group of businesses and end users, so this new insight from the Data and Storage Trends report is incredibly powerful,” said Koki Numata, storage architect and KURO-OBI engineer (black belt), Yahoo! JAPAN.

Methodology of the report
The global survey was conducted by the SODA Foundation and the Linux Foundation of April 15 to August 19, 2021. Two hundred and forty-seven respondents responded to the survey. Globally, 40 percent of the sample came from North America, 25 percent of Europe, 17 percent of Latin America, 9 percent of India, 4 percent of Japan, 2 percent of China, and 3 percent from the rest of the world (Middle East, Africa and Australia/Oceania). Respondents were from organizations of all sizes, including 15% very small organizations (1 to 99 employees), 36% small organizations (100 to 999 employees), 26% medium organizations (1,000 to 4,999 employees) and 24% from large organizations. organizations (5,000 or more employees). The breakdown of responses by type of organization included 40% end users (mainly consumers of IT products and services), 40% IT vendors and service providers (Vendor / SvcP) and 20% members of organizations. standards, open source organizations and universities (Std / OSS / Ed).

About the SODA Foundation
Previously OpenSDS, the SODA Foundation is part of the Linux Foundation and includes both open source software and standards to meet the growing need for data autonomy. Premiere members of the SODA Foundation include China Unicom, Fujitsu, Huawei, NTT Communications, and Toyota Motor Corporation. Other members include China Construction Bank Fintech, Click2Cloud, GMO Pepabo, IIJ, MayaData, LinBit, Scality, Sony, Wipro, and Yahoo Japan.

About the Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world leader in collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data and open hardware. Linux Foundation projects are essential to global infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, etc. The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and meeting the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create enduring models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at

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