Mobile Collateral - HPE

Technical white paper

Software-defined storage: The foundation of modern data ecosystems

Abstract

Software-defined storage proves its worth

Today, software-defined storage (SDS) offers ITDMs enhanced cloud storage environments, more sophisticated data protection capabilities, and more. When you add the price to that - instead of depending on incredibly expensive hardware for reliability, software-defined storage depends on the software - it becomes an attractive option for ITDMs, CTOs, and BI users. This is especially true for organizations pursuing a Hybrid IT model, in which an organization provides and manages some IT resources in-house but uses cloud-based services for others. With SDS, this balancing act becomes significantly more palatable.

Introduction

Today, ITDMs face challenges as businesses transform digitally. Modern data loads are expanding in terms of volume, variety, and velocity - but aging infrastructure is too rigid and consists of too many silos to effectively support the needs of the newest applications and services. ITDMs want to not only increase performance but also performance predictability in the face of unpredictable workload demands. They want to improve agility to better respond to the dynamic needs of the business. They want to lower the costs of their IT infrastructure using industry-standard hardware. They want to simplify management using more intuitive administration tools. And they want to improve data security in the face of increased threats. What does this all mean? Enterprise infrastructure must quickly transform into an agile, secure, and economical entity to support digital transformation.
Software-defined storage (SDS) solutions built on the right infrastructure provide predictable performance, agility, ease of management, and lower costs. However, what exactly is SDS? Which underlying technologies are necessary for effective implementation? And in what way is it different from simple storage virtualization?