Software-defined storage market: Fact or fiction

Last updated:October 2014

Editor's note

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.

1Creating 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.

2Experts 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.