What is Software Defined Storage?

Software-Defined Storage (SDS) is a design where software (rather than hardware) determines storage performance, availability and resilience.

It provides standard x86 hardware with features that were previously only available in a SAN (i.e. deduplication, replication, snapshots, server-side caching and log structuring). With SDS, you can add new features through software updates, without having to replace the hardware.

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With SDS, you can concentrate on the applications you want to run and all infrastructure resources are automatically allocated according to the requirements you set. SDS saves you time and effort as you no longer have to manage your hypervisor, storage and networks separately.

In addition, SDS makes it easier to build solutions to suit a task by allowing you to switch from proprietary to standard components. This gives you a wider choice of proven components that give you more flexibility. At the end of the day, you really get what you want, not what a salesman forces you to buy.

SDS a new storage trend?

Software-Defined Storage is the latest trend in storage software. This method of data storage is now popular because companies want to get more and more value out of their business data. The old-fashioned storage methods, such as file or block only, are no longer flexible enough for this.

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So what is SDS and what advantages does it have for your organisation?

There are different definitions for SDS, but in essence it is not complicated and concerns a software-based storage solution, which is hardware independent. Therefore, a storage stack can, for example, run on x86 hardware, on HyperVisors and in the Cloud.

Advantages of SDS

Whereas traditional data storage could not be separated or used from employee management, software-defined storage can save you a lot of work and therefore time. There is also talk of 'self-thinking systems', which can automatically monitor, collect and analyse your data. This obviously has many advantages, some examples of which are

  1. Data is easily exported from the hardware, so your organisation can start working with it immediately
  2. Data stored with different file systems (e.g. HDFS and NSF) can still be combined
  3. Data can be easily exported from local, physical storage to the Cloud
  4. Experimentation becomes much more efficient
  5. New business opportunities arise from greater insight

StarWind is a pioneer in SDS solutions, offering a unique blend of simplicity, performance and affordability. All with ultimate flexibility. Starwind's focus is to help companies create sustainable and effective IT infrastructures with minimal effort. 

Curious about the experiences of other Dutch companies working with StarWind? Take a look at the success story below:

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