Today consumers store more than one-third of their digital content in the cloud. This trend of sharing content and having “from anywhere” access will drive progressively more consumers to store their digital content in the cloud in the coming years.  

In addition, a recent statistic on big data states that 2.7 zettabytes of data exist in the digital universe today. With a number like this, the service providers are seeking greater flexibility in data center architecture and control over hardware costs.apps

Software-defined storage is one way to solve these problems. The software-defined data center architecture enables features found in hardware to the software layer and frees providers from the dependency on server “appliances” with software tied in.

Furthermore, data centers administrators are beginning to take a closer look at software-defined storage approaches, thereby to generate the following benefits:

  1. Adaptability
    Since not all the data centers are the same, different storage needs will dictate the type of architecture that is best suited to meet demands. Software-defined storage provides service providers the freedom to customize specific features and software that best promotes development goals. 
  2. Savings
    Software-defined storage breaks the relationship between software and hardware, providing administrators the option of purchasing lower-cost, commodity servers.
  3. Future Proofing
    A software-defined storage approach provides service provides the ability to future-proof their data centers solely due to their response to growing market demands. 

Last week, we co-hosted an event on Software Defined Storage (SDS). Around 150 entrepreneur and professionals attended! Industry experts demonstrated use cases, contrast different viewpoints and answered some of the most common questions surrounding SDS. 

Here are some questions our audiences asked the industry expert panel –

1) What is your definition of software-defined storage?20121017_191208
2) All storage is Software Defined, what is different about SDS?
3) Is performance an issue with an SDS solution, particularly in a database or VDI implementation?
4) Is SDS the same as storage hypervisor? If not, how do they differ?
5) Who are the key players in the SDS space?
6) How does an IT pro get started with SDS?
7) How does SDS address problems like HIPAA compliance?
8) Are there recommended configurations for getting started with SDS?
9) All the media talks about SDS in relation to SAN infrastructure, does it go further than that, what about file and object storage?
10) The big storage vendors credit themselves on data reliability and availability; can SDS solutions offer the same level of data integrity?

Source Credit:  Gartner, DataCenterJournal and CRN