Software Defined Storage: 10 Things You Need to Know

By Drew Robb

7) Expertise

It’s likely that those firms that are serious about adopting SDS are the more technically sophisticated organizations.

“Data centers giving serious consideration to SDS are likely to need a depth of storage expertise that the prepackaged environments don't require,” said Karp. “A consequence of this is that the two approaches are likely to address somewhat different markets.”

8) Have Faith

Further, adopting SDS might be seen by some as putting all your eggs in one basket. That entails a lot of trust in the supplier.

“It's vitally important to have faith in the provider of the management software,” said Karp.

9) 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.”

10) Appliances are Coming

To add another wrinkle into things, we not only have SDS and pre-packaged solutions. Srivastava says that SDS appliances are coming.

“Software-defined storage will be available that can run on any commodity hardware and also as an appliance with software pre-packaged with commodity hardware,” he said.

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This article was originally published on January 10, 2014

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