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

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Moving data management into the software layer

Software-defined storage (SDS) can abstract physical, virtual or cloud storage and move storage services into a software layer that can run on standard x86 server instances, either on-premise or in the cloud. Software-defined storage enables the creation of "server SANs" using the local storage of cloud server instances — aggregating performance and spanning "availability zones" to protect against outages. It can also be used to provide scale-out, unlike cloud-based block storage offerings with feature and volume size limitations.

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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