It used to be very difficult for an organization to manage, scale and maximize the performance of its storage infrastructure. It made sense to partner with a vendor that provided a proprietary storage solution where software and hardware were tightly wrapped together. A proprietary solution allowed vendors to offer white glove support and design custom components to maximize performance.
But this proprietary design was also expensive and inflexible. Software Defined Storage (SDS) was supposed to solve this problem by allowing customers to mix hardware types but these solutions still locked the organization in at the software layer and were more difficult to configure and maintain.
In this ChalkTalk Video, Storage Switzerland founder George Crump and Concurrent Senior Vice President of Storage Scott Ryan walk viewers through the evolution of the storage architecture and how to find the right balance of flexibility and speed of deployment.