Software-Defined Storage: Driving a New Era of the Cloud

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Data management platform requirements

Cloud storage often refers to key-value object storage, which has the advantage of being very scalable, simple and inexpensive. Many use cases like image or archiving can effectively use object storage, but tier-one and tier-two enterprise workloads typically require frequent access and updates of stored data, and are designed around block or file storage. Features including mirroring for availability, snapshots and cloning, and quality of service management are typical for on-premise storage and are important considerations when moving these workloads onto cloud-based resources.

Data management challenges have significantly slowed adoption of cloud computing in the enterprise, with relatively few enterprises having adopted cloud computing for core workloads outside of a few SaaS use cases like email or customer account management. There are several reasons for this, but meeting data management requirements of business-critical enterprise applications remains a primary challenge on many cloud platforms.

Software-defined storage (SDS) can help meet the performance, scalability and availability requirements for these applications. In this slideshow, software-defined storage specialists from Sanbolic take a closer look at the data management elements that are driving a new era of cloud computing.


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