Ten Things You Need to Know About Software-Defined Storage

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Hedging bets

There may be a battle going on between SDS and prepackaged systems. But it’s important to realize that many of the vendors that provide large self-contained systems also are enthusiastically delivering SDS environments as well. Why would they make the necessary investment to enable them to do this?

"The potential advantage of software-defined storage is that it allows data centers to protect data according to the levels of service that the various data sets require, and to automate that protection across the data center with no regard for the hardware infrastructure underneath," said Karp. "If that dream becomes a reality, as well may be the case, the value of the hardware vendors will decrease dramatically."

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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