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What Is Software-Defined Storage?
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nnahum,
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3/22/2013 | 3:12:27 AM
re: What Is Software-Defined Storage?
Hi George,

This definition seems rather limited and disconnected from customer benefits, which I would argue should be at the heart of the discussion. SDS should be defined according to the value it brings to the user and not by where the software runs. For example, there is clear value in using standard x86 servers for storage systems (if databases, web servers and applications can use this hardware why shouldn't the storage software?) There is also clear value in the ability to scale a storage system by simply adding more x86 servers, as with web servers. Another area of value I see is the ability to serve all the applications of a company without their interfering with one another and in a secure manner (as opposed to doing so with many, siloed storage arrays). Lastly, instant provisioning and reuse of storage is critical for business agility, which is one of the most critical points for future competitive advantage. Below is an article I wrote about SDS from Zadara's vendor point of view; it outlines some of my points: http://blog.zadarastorage.com/...

Nelson Nahum
CEO
Zadara Storage


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