Blog Series:  About IT by Ed Turetzky

We have all grown up with the notion that shared storage requires a dedicated, specialized controller to provide both the performance and functionality necessary. Today we are seeing the move to everything being software defined including software defined storage.

Top storage trends that may be contributing:

  • Space efficiencies
  • Quicker access to data
  • Data analytics
  • Data growth rates
  • Plug and play
  • Flexibility
  • Lower costs
  • Ever-changing demands and expectations

In the past, specialized chips were designed and manufactured to obtain the necessary characteristics for that storage array. As commodity processor technology became more powerful, manufacturers, very quietly, moved to those lower cost parts. Performance and capabilities continued to grow as more people adopted the commodity processors. Things changed again when VMware entered this space with their VSAN approach to provide a software solution on top of their hypervisor to provide functionality and performance particularly to the dev/test and the SMB audiences.

Today, there are more companies offering storage solutions than ever before. The established vendors continue their development of their storage arrays by providing more functions like compression and/or deduplication and use newer, faster interconnects like 12Gb SAS and 16Gb Fibre Channel. But these vendors are also doing more and more as a software defined approach, like what IBM is doing with their Spectrum software family.

IBM has basically taken their XIV software that was only available within the XIV hardware, and turned it into a software component, Spectrum Accelerate, that can run on any x86 hardware. From this example, we can see that the major storage manufacturers are looking to hedge their bets by continuing development of the tried and true storage arrays while dipping their toe into the software defined storage space.

Helping a customer navigate this ever changing environment to find the right storage solution to meet your requirements is something that Flagship Solutions Group can assist with. With Flagship’s knowledge of both the storage arrays and newer, software defined storage, we are well positioned to be your trusted advisor.

Schedule a consultation today to learn what storage solution is right for your business.

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