Can Software Defined Storage provide some answers?
It is a fact of IT life that everyone needs –and therefore already has –storage systems. We generate more data every day, which must be retained for considerable periods of time. So, if we already have storage systems in place, and have almost certainly built up significant operational experience with them, why should we look at changing now?
Depending on the type of work your organization does, some of the following factors may encourage you to look at introducing new storage systems. The first is that not only is more and more data being created, but for any particular data set, the number of uses to which the information can be put is also growing. It is no longer the case that the data generated by an application is only used by that application.
This makes it essential to have flexible storage systems. Moreover, such systems need to be able to grow rapidly without causing service interruptions, and must support new types of applications and services, not just our long-established ones. With this demand for flexibility and accessibility comes the requirement that these systems be able to respond to changing conditions automatically, so that modifications can be made in minutes or even seconds, not in hours or days.
Enter Software Defined Storage (SDS). This paper looks at how SDS differs from traditional storage solutions and where it might make sense for you to use it.
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Bryan is a technology enthusiast and industry veteran. He has been analysing, explaining and writing about IT and business in a highly engaging manner for around three decades. His experience spans the early days of minicomputers and PC technology, through the emergence of cellular data and smart mobile devices, to the latest developments of the software-defined age in which we all live today. Over his career, Bryan has seen at first-hand how IT changes the world – and how the world changes IT – and he brings that extensive insight to his role as an industry analyst.