The current era of multiple clouds, digital transformation, unbridled data growth, big data
analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) puts enormous pressure on IT teams to modernize
their infrastructures. In response, IT organizations must be more agile, responsive, costefficient,
cloud-enabled and service-oriented.
Nowhere is the need to modernize more important
than in storage. Data is fast becoming the defining
weapon of competitive differentiation—with a
particular emphasis on unstructured data. To keep
up, IT must eliminate storage silos and deploy agile
solutions that support the performance needs of a
wide variety of workloads.
For many IT teams, software-defined storage (SDS)
has become the go-to storage technology. SDS
enables organizations to provision and manage
storage independently of the underlying hardware,
usually by virtualizing the storage in some manner
and controlling it all through a single interface. This
abstraction provides organizations with many more
deployment options, including using the hardware
vendor of choice and employing pay-as-you-go
software subscription models to reduce capital
If you are involved in implementing a storage
modernization effort, you are probably well aware
of the benefits of SDS. With the right solution, you
can reduce complexity and eliminate silos. You can
also leverage a broad range of server and storage
technologies to support your organization’s cloud
But how do you determine which characteristics
constitute the right solution for your organization?
Here are seven critical factors to consider when
evaluating a software-defined storage solution.