Ten Things You Need to Know About Software-Defined Storage

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The catch

That allure of SDS is that you download some software and load it onto commodity hardware. This holds the promise of reducing costs considerably. Users can download software from open source sites, or via vendors such as VMware, SoftNAS, CloudByte, NetApp, FreeNAS and others, and then leverage whatever hardware they have.

Great. So what’s the catch?

"That catch is now you have moved from being a customer of a vendor/VAR to becoming your own integrator, service/support, troubleshooting, maintenance organization, which might seem cheaper, although there can be hidden costs," said Schulz. "Those hidden costs include taking people away from doing actual work, and worrying about what happens when the person who put everything together quits and goes elsewhere."

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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