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

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Hybrid management spanning on-premise and cloud

Keep in mind that hybrid or disaster recovery deployments will require a data set to span on-premise and cloud storage resources. Moving a large data set to a cloud platform can still be time consuming and subject to the bandwidth of the network link. Many cloud providers make provisions to physically send data to their facility during initial migration. Hybrid on-premise/cloud workloads require data to then be kept in sync and managed across both locations. However, true software-defined storage platforms deliver native mirroring and replication, and also support active-active application deployments across multiple data centers, if network latency permits.

Because a common data platform is used, both on-premise and in the cloud, there is no compatibility issue between on-premise and cloud-based storage resources and management tools with SDS.

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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