Guest Column | August 22, 2013

Are You Tired Of Reading About Software-Defined Storage?

By Momchil Michailov, CEO and co-founder of Sanbolic

You’ve probably been flooded with sales pitches and articles about software-defined storage. Some of your more tech-savvy customers may even have asked you about it. But what does it mean, is it worth making part of your solution offerings, and how do you profit from it as a reseller?

To answer these questions, look beyond the buzzwords to how software-defined storage claims to deliver cost savings, scalability, flexibility, reliability, and vendor-neutrality to you and your customers.

Software-defined storage combines intelligent software with commodity servers and storage hardware to provide more flexible, scalable, high-performing storage—at a fraction of the cost of legacy products.

The term emerged from VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center vision. It’s an outgrowth of VMware’s success in server virtualization, which uses software to abstract logical servers from the physical hardware on which they run. Server virtualization cuts hardware costs by letting companies run more applications on fewer physical servers, add or eliminate virtual servers as needed and shift workloads among servers to increase performance or availability.