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Many organizations admit that controlling an explosion in unstructured or semi- structured data is one of the biggest challenges they face today. This is primarily driven by an increasingly mobile and socially connected workforce that is now also resorting to a BYOD strategy. IDC anticipates that by 2015, over 83% of total disk storage systems capacity will be shipped to support file-level data. Managing this growth means that IT departments have to seek suitable file-based storage media to supplement and in many cases replace their existing storage solutions. Until not too long ago, their options were limited to tightly integrated, proprietary scale-up or scale-out NAS solutions. Even though storage vendors are increasingly resorting to commodity hardware and in many cases open source platforms, many still prefer to keep a tight control on the end-to-end stack (i.e., they do not give buyers the option of selecting a different vendor's hardware platform to run the storage software stack). In other words, commoditization of storage has not done much to alleviate buyer remorse on vendor lock-in. What buyers are paying for is the integration of commodity components. While this has a slew of benefits, it is still one of the principal reasons for storage costs resisting a downward trend. Buyers with a strong DIY leaning are left to do their own integration with open source components.

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