SDS – Making storage more intelligent

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Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Software defined storage (SDS) promises to help businesses reduce the cost of their data center by commoditizing the physical storage hardware itself.

Deploying SDS allows your business to build a best-of-breed storage infrastructure, free from constraints imposed by OEMs – even going as far as redeploying post-warranty disk arrays and controllers to provide additional capacity.

But the cost benefits of SDS are not restricted to hardware. With an intelligent data fabric system layered over the top of an SDS infrastructure, there are a number of additional efficiency gains available.

Improved scalability and intelligent storage allocation

Enterprise applications can take months to deploy – sometimes longer than the initial development itself. Data fabric can help to accelerate deployment by molding storage to the application.

Data fabric takes information lifecycle management to the next level. Pre-defined rules regarding storage allocation are enhanced by intelligent machine learning that analyzes your infrastructure capabilities and the application intent. The automated molding process then intelligently assigns the appropriate storage ‘type’ to the application without significant manual intervention.

The platform can also properly manage capacity to reduce wastage and the associated costs. Your applications will also benefit from improved performance as the optimum storage is used for optimum performance.

By allowing your developers to deploy applications more quickly, SDS and data fabric also allow you to deliver new innovations and efficiencies to users and customers faster.

Improved storage flexibility

The beauty of SDS is that storage is properly freed from the constraints of physical arrays. This allows for the creation of a single, large pool of storage to be used and allocated as required.

Data fabric technology allows you to manipulate and manage storage programmatically at the infrastructure level. Put into practise, this effectively abstracts storage management from each individual application. Capacity can be allocated on the fly without manual intervention by developers or users, greatly simplifying the management process and reducing administrative costs.

Data fabric is the other essential aspect of SDS – and of breaking the OEMs’ control of your data center. To learn more, please give us a call.