Ten Things You Need to Know About Software-Defined Storage

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While Karp sees SDS as a major trend for this year, he also sees a major opponent looming. Software-defined storage represents an option that is the diametric opposite of the movement towards packaged systems, such as those available from EMC, HP, IBM, Oracle and a host of other large players. Which one ends up cheaper remains to be seen.

"With software-defined storage you roll your own storage environment, with the consequence that you're responsible for making sure the management abstraction continues to work as time goes by," said Karp. "Prepackaged systems, on the other hand, arrive on your loading dock preconfigured, pretested, and ready to go. The first option is cheaper upfront, but the second offers more predictable downstream costs."

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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