The software-defined storage market has continued to grow since its introduction a few years ago, but much of the conversation around the technology is still focused on one question: Does software-defined storage live up to all the hype, or is it just an old concept that has taken on a new life?
The technology -- which still lacks a concrete definition -- essentially abstracts storage features from the hardware, separating the control plane from the data plane. Vendors, such as EMC with ViPR and VMware with its Virtual SAN, continue to release and update products they deem "software-defined."
In this Essential Guide, you'll find content on the benefits of software-defined technology and insight from analysts that will help you cut through the hype and loose definitions to determine whether the software-defined storage market provides products that could be useful in your environment.
Giving definition to the software
Separating the control plane from the data plane has numerous potential benefits. It can spread features native to one array across all storage in an environment while eliminating the needs for dedicated hardware. The content below provides you with an overview of how software-defined storage (SDS) works and what can be achieved with it.
It seems like every definition of software-defined storage is different. According to Jon Toigo, that's because they are. Continue Reading
Speakers from TechTarget's Storage Decisions seminar compare definitions of software-defined storage to determine what qualities of the technology are a constant. Continue Reading
Creating a software-defined architecture
There isn't just one way to implement software-defined storage, and the benefits of the technology can vary based on how you choose to integrate it. For example, some vendors offer software-only products while others offer hardware designed specifically for software-defined environments. Learn how implementation can affect the results of an SDS project and what to consider before taking the plunge.
According to analyst Jon Toigo, software is the aspect of a storage environment that provides value, but it's up to users to unlock it. Continue Reading
Software-defined storage eases management of storage applications, but it doesn't do much for hardware, so effective SRM is still essential. Continue Reading
Experts analyze software-defined storage
Analysts agree that the concept of software-defined storage is not new -- software has always been a driving force behind the value of storage hardware. But they also agree that products in today's software-defined storage market provide worthwhile benefits.
In a recent survey, 43% of respondents said they are using some type of software-defined storage. Continue Reading
Some vendors are making hardware sound like an afterthought, but the software-defined market depends on hardware innovation. Continue Reading