Software-defined storage (SDS) is still evolving. Conceptually, SDS abstracts and moves the traditional storage controller core engine and adjacent management functions from the storage array to software — just about anywhere in the storage infrastructure. SDS, from a Microsoft perspective, is about bringing public cloud scale storage and cost economics to private clouds and enterprises.
Why separate and abstract the storage-controller functions? Key advantages include simplification, cost efficiencies via utilization of industry standard hardware, efficiency and flexibility though automation and resource pooling, and maximizing scale, availability and performance at low price points.
In this webinar, our panel will discuss these topics:
- What are the ideal use cases for SDS, and how should IT prioritize them?
- What key features should businesses look for in an SDS solution?
- How important is choosing a long-term strategic partner for your SDS journey?
- What are current trends in storage, such as the decoupling of storage controller functions from hardware (software-defined storage) and their potential for growth and success?
- Andrew Brust, research director, Gigaom Research
- Marc Staimer, president and chief dragon slayer, Dragon Slayer Consulting
- Anil Vasudeva, president and founder, IMEX Research
- Siddhartha Roy, principal group program manager, Microsoft
For more on this topic, join Gigaom Research and our sponsor Microsoft for “The future of software-defined storage,” a free analyst webinar on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 10 a.m. PT.