Software-defined storage (SDS) has become the de-facto standard for modern storage solutions.


Hardware standardisation and commoditisation provides the framework for software to take centre stage and be a driver for storage solutions innovation. As the SDS market has evolved and matured over the last ten years, implementation models have iterated through the use of self-build commodity hardware towards more tightly specified hardware options.

In the early years of SDS, software and hardware disaggregation provided the basis to buy and build from cheap and readily available hardware components. Modern solutions are much more sophisticated, making use of new technology like power-efficient Arm cores, persistent memory, and process offload devices, including FPGAs. Software is now written specifically to take advantage of the hardware capabilities, with improved programming interfaces and APIs. The benefit of this revolution has been to deliver much more reliable and enterprise-capable storage solutions to businesses.

In this eBook, we look at the choices available for IT organisations looking to make a strategic move to software-defined storage. We examine the deployment models that encompass the implications of choosing between proprietary and open-source software and between proprietary and entirely self-designed and built hardware. Our conclusion is that while self-build has a place, enterprise organisations will ultimately want the reliability of engineered task-specific solutions with the flexibility of open-source software. This combination capitalises on the integration skills of the vendor and the depth of software development expertise brought by Open Source.

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Validating SDS Operating Models for the Enterprise 2021 – First Edition
Published by Brookend Limited.