The future of data storage will have storage shedding the role of a passive technology player as it integrates more closely with applications and workloads.Read More
- Premiered: 10/31/13
- Author: Mike Matchett
- Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
The era of LUNs and volumes, as we have known them for decades in the data storage industry, is quietly coming to an end. And if you ask me, it’s for all the right reasons, even if storage administrators may feel threatened by the change.
“Software defined pretty-much-anything” is getting a lot of attention in the IT trade press. It seems new and different and promises to solve everyone’s problems around prioritizing applications, sharing storage across massive distributed environments and optimizing computing resources around business data needs.
Here at Taneja Group, we think enterprises ought to be agile and flexible, quickly leveraging their forward deployed remote and branch offices as a competitive weapon to gain market opportunity with the presence that only a physical office brings. Unfortunately, we’ve seen that as a business expands its footprint into new regions it can also suffer major growing pains with slow unwieldy deployment and an increasingly costly IT burden.
Cloud-integrated storage appliances allow hybrid storage configurations that seamlessly link data center storage with cost-effective, scalable cloud storage.
While software-defined storage is receiving lots of buzz, it isn’t as new an idea as it may seem; storage virtualization vendors have been working toward it for years.