Software-defined storage, also sometimes referred to as a storage hypervisor, is a term vendors began labeling their products with over the past year or so. The name was derived from the software-defined data center and has certainly gained popularity among storage vendors. Because vendors don't all have the same idea of what software-defined storage is, the functions of the products can vary.
Though the products may have different features, experts agree that all software-defined storage products are software that abstract storage management from the physical devices so that IT professionals have better control of storage features. Software-defined storage has been compared to storage virtualization because it can help IT pros use their storage more efficiently while not limiting them to a single storage vendor or platform.
This guide was built to help you understand what a software-defined storage product can do for your data center, even as the concept continues to evolve. Below you'll find discussions on the technology from storage experts, predictions as to where software-defined storage might be in the future, as well as specific examples of how it can be used in any given environment.
What is software-defined storage?
Software-defined storage can improve storage management in most environments, but the definition isn't absolute. Start here and learn some important SDS terms.
The past and future of software-defined storage
The hype around SDS technologies caught on fast as vendors began using the term to describe their products. But does that hype mean software-defined storage is the future of the data center?
Software-defined storage in action
It's important to know how you can implement SDS to get the best results. The improved management ability that software-defined storage brings means IT can use it to enhance cloud storage environments, data protection capabilities and more.
Downsides of software-defined storage
The hype around software-defined storage has died down, and now the downsides have come to light.
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Toigo on software-defined storage use
When an environment is based on storage from different vendors, managing them separately makes it difficult to achieve their fullest potential capacity and performance. Software-defined storage can help with that, and it can bring additional benefits as a result.
Using software-defined storage can improve administrators' ability to manage data storage environments and make them resistant to disruption.