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Why is software-defined storage gathering momentum and how does it affect you?

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SDS is a technology that essentially extracts storage services, such as data protection and data placement, from the physical storage hardware.

In today’s era of virtualization, storage plays a great role. No wonder there is a data storage technology that continues to change the shape of the storage landscape. It’s called the software-defined storage (SDS).

SDS is a simple, flexible storage solution that is interestingly gathering momentum in the market. Realizing the key benefits of using software-defined storage, many organizations of different sizes have started to take notice and employ SDS. The solution delivers not just flexibility and scalability. It also offers cost savings and management automation, wiping out the pain of dealing with complexity.

The interest for software-defined storage from companies worldwide is growing. MarketsandMarkets, a Dallas-based market research and consulting firm, made this revelation in their recent study. According to the report, the SDS market is estimated to increase from US$1.4 billion last year to a whopping US$6.2 billion in 2019.

What is software-defined storage?

SDS is a technology that essentially extracts storage services, such as data protection and data placement, from the physical storage hardware. It also offers several functionalities such as deduplication, replication, snapshots, thin provisioning, and other backup capabilities.

SDS aims to provide flexible management capabilities to the system administrators through programming. Its ultimate objective is for enterprises to have access to a flexible solution that can be easily implemented in any environment without replacing the existing infrastructure.

What makes SDS a popular option?

Today’s storage is fragmented and includes different technologies such as storage area network (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS), and flash, among others. Many businesses also have to deal with several vendors, tools and management software. Even data are getting more and more diverse too – from structured to unstructured, from big data to the Internet of Things. What’s more, many organizations’ storage uses a combination of arrays and servers, adding complexity to the already multifaceted technology.

This intricate situation makes software-defined storage a popular solution for many organizations, from small and medium to large enterprises. The SDS market continues to evolve because of its capability to efficiently handle these challenges.

Remarkably, software-defined storage can essentially run on any industry-standard hardware. However, you have to keep in mind that as with other quality implementation, the success of any project also depends on the vendor’s credentials and global support. Will they be able to give you the flexibility you need without compromising the quality of the solution? Consider all these factors when reviewing your SDS strategies and options.

Software-defined storage is a powerful technology that enables enterprises to optimize their costs and simplify their management with an efficient storage solution. With the several capabilities and benefits it offers, SDS is undeniably now gaining steam in the market.

Contact Four Cornerstone now if you are interested to join the move towards employing software-defined storage. Our Oracle Consulting in Dallas has the expertise to explain to you the value proposition of the solution and how your business can take advantage of its many advantages. We also offer Oracle Cloud services, Oracle software licensing and Oracle emergency support.

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