"As infrastructure gets complicated, leveraging software to automate storage processes makes for tremendous efficiencies," said Bob Laliberte, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "If you can reduce the time it takes to provision storage from 30 to 60 days to a much shorter period, you can reduce your time to market for a new application dramatically. There's also a tremendous cost reduction, so storage automation is an inevitable destination."
Given that both server and storage automation are highly desirable, why has the uptake of storage automation products fallen behind their server counterparts? The answer, put simplistically, is that it's hard. And that's what's creating the roadblock.