Ten Things You Need to Know About Software-Defined Storage

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Hardware be gone?

So does SDS mean the end of the long-dominant proprietary hardware platforms such as EMC Symmetrix? Schulz isn’t so sure.

"There are some who say the traditional proprietary storage systems are going away," said Schulz. "But if you take a pragmatic approach and view software-defined storage as being around managing or enabling other hardware, software and services, those legacy systems or solutions can find new life doing new things in different ways."

He expects traditional hardware platforms to morph and be used in new and different ways, and he added some historical perspective. A couple of decades ago, for example, there was a focus on Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD) and dedicated storage, including RAID. Then we went through a phase of consolidation and shared storage leading into the SAN and NAS era. Now we have come full circle and are moving back to JBOD and commodity hardware that is defined by software.

"Over the next couple of years, some existing legacy storage systems will be used as back-end storage sitting behind cloud, virtual, object, archive and other software defined storage solutions," said Schulz.

Will 2014 be the year of software-defined storage (SDS)? Amitabh Srivastava, President of EMC’s Advanced Software Division certainly thinks so. But he calls on enterprises and service providers to force clear definition of the term so that everyone is on the same page. Drew Robb takes a closer look at 10 things you need to know about software-defined storage.

Originally published on InfoStor.


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