Definition

software-defined storage

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

Software-defined storage (SDS) is an approach to data storage in which the programming that controls storage-related tasks is decoupled from the physical storage hardware.

SDS places the emphasis on storage-related services rather than storage hardware. It is part of a larger industry trend that includes software-defined networking (SDN). As is the case with SDN, the goal of software-defined storage is to provide administrators with flexible management capabilities through programming. Without the constraints of a physical system, a storage resource can be used more efficiently and its administration can be simplified through automated policy-based management. Potentially, a single software interface could be used to manage a shared storage pool that runs on commodity hardware.

The software-defined storage market is evolving and many storage marketers are still trying to figure out how to associate their products with the label. Although the term is causing some confusion, the consensus seems to be that in order to be considered part of the SDS market, the vendor must provide software that allows the customer to allocate and share storage assets across all workloads, whether storage is virtualized or not.

This was last updated in May 2015

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The base case for software defined storage is tremendous. The idea that you can use smart software and transform commodity hardware to duplicate and exceed the capabilities of traditional tightly integrated and proprietary IT infrastructure is compelling and disruptive!
The value proposition for the customer is excellent; they can finally stop feeding the storage monster. Businesses should build institutional knowledge on the topic and become an educated consumer. They should also be aware of incumbent technology providers. The definition of software defined storage is aggressively manipulated by these organizations who have large franchises to protect and stand to loose a lot as this technology gains traction. No wonder they're confusing the definition.
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"The base case for software defined storage is tremendous. The idea that you can use smart software and transform commodity hardware to duplicate and exceed the capabilities of traditional tightly integrated and proprietary IT infrastructure is compelling and disruptive!
The value proposition for the customer is excellent; they can finally stop feeding the storage monster. Businesses should build institutional knowledge on the topic and become an educated consumer. They should also be aware of incumbent technology providers. The definition of software defined storage is aggressively manipulated by these organizations who have large franchises to protect and stand to loose a lot as this technology gains traction. No wonder they're confusing the definition. "
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