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Software-defined infrastructure or how storage becomes software
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of March 2014 Vol. 13 No. 1
Could a software-defined infrastructure, with software-based controls and policies, be the answer to managing and allocating storage? Jon Toigo has his say on the subject. Few columns here elicited as much pushback from industry insiders as my tongue-in-cheek rant about software-defined storage. In case you missed it, I argued, first, that storage infrastructure should always be defined by the application software that will use it and, second, that software-defined was just the latest meaningless market speak from an industry that changes up the rhetoric every six months in an attempt to sound fresh. While many techs agreed with me, marketing folks took umbrage. I dismissed their whining … er, criticisms … until I had occasion to chat with a chief technologist at a storage virtualization software company who gave me a somewhat different view. It changed my thinking, so I figured it would be good to share it here. There's a theory gaining traction in some circles that the current flirtations with software-defined infrastructure, ...
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