Software Defined Storage – Are we there yet?

Despite the hype and the promises, most data centers are still “hardware defined”. Are we getting closer to the software defined data center through the use of software defined storage technologies? Or is traditional shared storage that tightly integrates hardware and software still the best way to go? Join us for our on demand webinar “Software Defined Storage… Are we there yet?” with Storage Switzerland’s founder, George Crump, to get an exclusive update on software defined storage and how it compares with the latest incarnations of hardware defined storage.

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Software defined storage (SDS) is the abstraction of storage intelligence from the storage hardware. In theory, it is supposed to break you free from vendor lock-in and lower costs while increasing operational efficiency. It is this tall stack of promises that has propelled SDS to the top of IT project lists everywhere. SDS as a concept has been around for about three years, and its predecessor, storage virtualization, has been around for over a decade. But are we any closer to storage nirvana? In this webinar, get the latest on:

  1. Software Defined Storage
  2. Server-Side Storage Networking
  3. Shared, Hardware Defined Storage

Every data center is different. After attending this webinar you will have a firm grasp on all the options that are available to you. You will also be armed with the information you need and the questions to ask in order to decide on the best solution for your data center and organization.

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George Crump is the Chief Marketing Officer at VergeIO, the leader in Ultraconverged Infrastructure. Prior to VergeIO he was Chief Product Strategist at StorONE. Before assuming roles with innovative technology vendors, George spent almost 14 years as the founder and lead analyst at Storage Switzerland. In his spare time, he continues to write blogs on Storage Switzerland to educate IT professionals on all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought-after public speaker. With over 30 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS, SAN, Virtualization, Cloud, and Enterprise Flash. Before founding Storage Switzerland, he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators, where he was in charge of technology testing, integration, and product selection.

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One comment on “Software Defined Storage – Are we there yet?
  1. May I propose a term? Not hardware-defined, but hardware-bound. This puts the difference between hardware data centers and software-defined data centers in starker relief. It’s not about hardware vs. software, it’s about rigid vs. flexible; chained-down vs. agile.

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