Software-defined storage

SDS is reshaping the storage industry. According to Gartner, by 2024 half of global storage capacity will be deployed as SDS. The premise for SDS is simple: by abstracting, or de-coupling, software from the underlying hardware, enterprises can unify storage management and services across diverse assets throughout their hybrid multi-cloud environment.

This allows IT to do several important things:

  • Reduce data fragmentation by consolidating storage technologies
  • Maximize availability and improve disaster recovery planning
  • Provision the right kind of storage for each situation
  • Improve scalability while reducing cost

The key priorities of the modern organization: business agility, cloud-native applications, cost efficiency and IT flexibility. These requirements are driving change throughout the enterprise environment — in particular:

  • Multi-cloud environments
  • Containers

Traditional storage presents challenges in modern environments:

  • Multiple data silos across different storage architectures, leading to data fragmentation
  • Complex operations managing resources across the different technologies, increasing cost and the need for specialized skills
  • Separate and disparate management tools for each product, further increasing complexity
  • A lack of universal data visibility and management across the environment, adding friction and limiting insight
  • An inability to easily move data between on-premises and cloud environments as needed

A more predictable, resilient, and simple way to store data in today’s hybrid multi-cloud environments.

The benefits of SDS have immediate relevance and value for high-priority IT use cases.

  • Private and hybrid cloud virtualization storage
  • Containers storage