Ten Things You Need to Know About Software-Defined Storage

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Cheaper?

One of the big reasons users are interested in SDS is due to the potential cost savings. It seems logical that if you move storage onto commodity hardware, it will become a lot cheaper, right? Not necessarily. Whether or not it's cheaper to download software that provides an abstraction layer stretching across a heterogeneous set of commodity hardware depends on a number of things.

"It is certainly true that in a great many cases software-defined storage will be cheaper – at first," said Mike Karp, an analyst at Ptak Associates. "But it's a naïve IT manager that doesn't consider the downstream costs as well. And with software-defined storage, many of the downstream costs are likely to be undefinable."

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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