The major limitation of the scale-up storage arrays has been the storage controller, which often becomes the performance bottleneck. This limitation gave birth to the scale-out phenomenon that has dedicated controller for each node. This approach eliminates any performance bottleneck caused by the limited horsepower of the controller. CIOs fancy the notion of utilizing industry standard commodity hardware in modular building blocks that allows them to easy to scale from TBs to PBs using interconnects while presenting a single logical storage target requiring zero reconfiguration to add capacity, all under a single namespace.
Software-defined storage (SDS) and software-defined networking (SDN) have emerged as some of the best and brightest platforms for distributed storage systems designed for excellent performance, reliability and exabyte-level scalability running on commodity hardware. They enable organizations to be flexible, agile and efficient with their infrastructure and easily and cost-effectively extend it as their needs grow. These tangible benefits have fortified the place for these software-defined technologies as the center of the distributed infrastructure hub.
In this webinar, our panel will address these questions:
- What are the current storage architectures (at a high level)?
- What are the challenges and stresses caused by those architectures?
- What are the current trends in storage, such as SDS and SDN, and their potential for growth and success?
- What are the business and technical benefits of this new storage architecture?
- Which applications and workloads are the best fit for this new storage architecture?
- Predict future changes in storage architectures on both a micro and a macro level
- Howard Marks, founder and chief scientist, DeepStorage.net
- Mike Karp, VP and principal analyst, Ptak, Noel & Associates
- Marc Staimer, president and chief dragon slayer, Dragon Slayer Consulting
- Andrew Warfield, CTO and co-founder, Coho Data
Register here to join Gigaom Research and our sponsor Coho Data for “Tangible performance benefits of intelligent scale-out SDN-powered storage,” a free analyst webinar on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.