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Still confused about software defined storage?

tbowers ‎11-01-2013 12:06 PM - edited ‎09-30-2015 06:59 AM

I must say I like the term “Software Defined Storage (SDS)” but trying to figure out what it means is a trick.  It seems like it means different things to different people, but I guess you could say that about most things.  I looked up the definition of “Software Defined Storage” on Wikipedia and it says this is just “a marketing theme for promoting storage technologies.”  Well, I hope not. 


group.jpgFrom what I’ve read, it appears SDS could be a new innovative way to solve some current storage problems in the industry, but is still very early in the lifecycle. Today, I think it can be a simple way to align standard storage models and configurations with common packaged applications. Moving forward, however, it could become an important component of the long promised Information Lifecycle management (ILM). 


As storage technology continues to mature, I can see where SDS could be used to provision storage through automation without knowing the hardware characteristics or where the data would physically be placed by simply selecting a service level or performance attributes that the data needs. So, maybe you’re thinking this is just another layer of virtualization? This could be true in today’s world, but I think SDS will provide additional flexibility and mobility beyond what storage virtualization provides today. Who knows, maybe SDS will eventually plug into the management layer of the overall data center and play nicely with server and networking.  Ok, I can dream.


Let me know your definition and share your thoughts on Software Defined Storage.

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Tim is a Global Product Marketing Manager with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Workload and Cloud Solutions. He has more than 30 years of experience in the Workload and Cloud domain, and has held a number of different positions during his career with HPE, spanning Computer Operations, Delivery Manager, and Offering Manager.

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