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Are you in the middle of preparing a complicated CAPEX request for an upgrade to your data center? Maybe you just need to scale out a little, or perhaps you’re considering a software-defined storage solution (SDS) for the first time.

How are you justifying it? And, what if you don’t get what you asked for? We can bet it’s beginning to look pretty expensive…

Traditionally (even currently) SDS solutions require you to buy everything upfront. The hardware, the software and all the other related components. And you need to think about what you’ll need in the future too, so you can get it all now incase the demands on your data center increase more rapidly than you expect. That’s a pretty tall order, not only for your system admins, but for finance who need to sign the check.

We think this is a pretty painful process, and from the beginning we’ve been dead-set on making software-defined storage simple. And so, one of the many ways in which we do this is with our Pay-As-You-Go subscription model for HyperDrive, our wire speed SDS platform and range of custom built Ceph appliances. Pay only for what you use, as you use it. It’s a dream come true for anyone looking down the barrel of CAPEX forms and deadlines.

So if you like the idea of managing your storage as an operating expense rather than a capital one, you’ve come to the right place.

Learn more about all the ways in which we’re making SDS simple, and all the myths we’re busting along the way in our quest to achieve this. Part 1 of our 3-part series we’re calling “The Misconceptions of Software-Defined Storage” looks at the Economics of SDS and we’re sure it will open your eyes to the future of SDS.

Stay tuned for Part 2: Performance, and Part 3: Resiliency!