Software Defined Storage (SDS) is becoming a new standard on how to build data storage in 21st century. This is because it provides the privilege of providing a single, unified set of storage services across all storage devices for maximum availability, performance, and efficiency.
Moreover, with intelligent software monitoring storage resources, the overall health and protection of vital storage assets is possible. SDS also provides data services like Asynchronous data replication for remote Disaster Recovery, synchronous mirroring and metro clusters for high availability and business continuity.
However, a lot of myths are surrounding the technology and this is where the prevalence of SDS is getting hindered? In this article, we will debunk the top 5 myths surrounding Software Defined Storage technology.
First let get into the act of defining it correctly –SDS is nothing but a software which manages policy based provisioning and management of data storage independent of the underlying hardware and its firmware. By doing so, users of SDS can get the flexibility of integrating organization’s storage hardware and file system.
Myth 1 – SDS is too complicated for the average SMBs to understand and has no expert guidance or reference in practical.
Answer-This myth is ironic. The fact is that SDS is being offered with familiar and easy to use management plug-ins such as vCenter.
Myth 2- It’s only for DIY users and is only for the more sophisticated enterprise IT teams with specialized resources, such as classically trained UNIX or CLI admins.
Answer- The fact is, new SDS solutions are built for every possible management style, from DevOps to CLI to simple-to-use Web consoles and APIs, to integrate with enterprise solutions. They come in many flavors, including pre-architected versions offered and supported 24/7 by major hardware OEMs that include Dell and Super Micro.
Myth 3- SDS is too slow and so is not for performance oriented applications
Answer- The highlight of SDS is that it can work on any hardware and has the ability to propel a flash or disk. Thus, the software can be tuned to suit the speed necessary for the task.
Myth 4- SDS is a form of vendor lock-in
Answer- SDS is based on open-source foundations, and standard tools making transferring to new hardware and/or software easier as per changing requirements and as technology advances. Note- Every technology provider out in the market will always try to somehow lock their customers with licenses, hardware or software.
Myth 5- It only works for small and medium scale businesses
Answer- When SDS technology’s arrival was in nascent stage, it was considered as a boon to only small and medium scale businesses. But now, the technology has matured enough to support scale up and scale out infrastructures, delivering storage options up to multiple Petabytes for organizations of all sizes and across a range of data intensive industries such as financial services, manufacturing, Telco, government and education. Thus, SDS is enterprise-ready for deployment in larger environments that require ease-of-use and ease-of-management.