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November 2013 Vol. 12 No. 9

Can we have an adult conversation about software-defined storage?

All this talk about software-defined storage seems to be missing the point, according to Jon Toigo. Hasn't software always defined properly constructed IT infrastructure? I don't know about you, but I'm getting pretty tired of all the marketing taglines and buzz-phrases that are being used as substitutes for technical descriptions of storage products and services. The one that has been grating on my nerves even before this fall's conference season is "software-defined storage." (Actually, software-defined anything irks me -- infrastructure, networks and so on -- but since this is a storage-focused publication, I'll vent my bile on that topic.) Let's start with the obvious question: Hasn't software always defined properly constructed IT infrastructure? When I entered IT (back when it was data processing, not bring your own device or cloud or agile computing or mobile computing …), we were taught to build infrastructure "purposefully," meaning after careful consideration of what the hosted application workload required for the ...

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