Category: Software Defined Storage Software

DCIG to Publish TOP 5 Reports Covering Software-defined Storage

DCIG is initiating research into the software-defined storage (SDS) marketplace, focusing initially on block storage.  DCIG invites SDS block storage providers to participate in the survey research taking place through September 2020.  DCIG will publish results in the 4th quarter as one or more TOP 5 reports.  DCIG’s TOP 5 Reports help IT decision-makers save valuable time through a succinct analysis of SDS solutions.

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Hardware-defined Storage is Dead

Enterprises, regardless of their size, largely agree they want any storage solutions they deploy to deliver flexibility. They may look for this flexibility in multiple ways to include its availability, performance, reliability, replication, scalability, self-healing or self-tuning capabilities, and more. However, as they choose storage solutions that deliver the flexibility they need and want, another truth quickly becomes evident. Hardware-defined storage is dead.

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The Compelling Economic Benefits of OpenZFS Storage

Have you had a key software vendor go from support increases of 3-5% to more than 20% annually? Have you had your key software vendor acquired and the acquirer then end development of the product? Have you had a key technology vendor exit your region at a time you were planning to expand your facilities? As an IT Director, I endured all these untimely and costly outcomes of vendor decisions. And then I discovered how to mitigate these risks through Open Source software such as OpenZFS, which solves these problems for software-defined storage.

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A Comparison of How StorMagic SvSAN and VMware vSAN Deliver on Enterprise Edge Computing and Storage Requirements

Organizations of all types and sizes need visibility and analysis into the data they collect in the moment and place that they collect it. To do so efficiently, they need edge computing solutions that can gather and process this data without incurring undue costs or overhead. In its latest Competitive Intelligence Executive Edition report, DCIG examines how solutions from StorMagic SvSAN and VMware vSAN deliver on these requirements at the edge.

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Rethinking Your Data Deduplication Strategy in the Software-defined Data Center

There is little dispute tomorrow’s data center will become software-defined for reasons no one entirely anticipated even as recently as a few years ago. While companies have long understood the benefits of virtualizing the infrastructure of their data centers, the complexities and costs of integrating and managing data center hardware far exceeded whatever benefits that virtualization delivered. Now thanks to technologies such as such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine intelligence, and analytics, among others, companies may pursue software-defined strategies more aggressively.

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DCIG’s VMworld 2018 Best of Show

VMworld provides insight into some of the biggest tech trends occurring in the enterprise data center space and, once again, this year did not disappoint. But amid the literally dozens of vendors showing off their wares on the show floor, here are the four stories or products that caught my attention and earned my “VMworld 2018 Best of Show” recognition at this year’s event.

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Software-defined Data Centers Have Arrived – Sort of

Today organizations more so than ever are looking to move to software-defined data centers. Whether they adopt software-defined storage, networking, computing, servers, security, or all of them as part of this initiative, they are starting to conclude that a software-defined world trumps the existing hardware defined one. While I agree with this philosophy in principle, organizations need to carefully dip their toe into the software-defined waters and not dive head-first.

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Software Defined Storage Moving Up to Host More Tier One Applications; Interview with Nexenta’s Chairman and CEO, Tarkan Maner, Part 3

Organizations may view true software defined storage (SDS) software as only appropriate to host their tier two and tier three applications. However, many known and named accounts now use SDS software to host their tier one applications. In this third and last installment of my interview series with Nexenta’s Chairman and CEO, Tarkan Maner, he explains where SDS software initially gets a foothold in organizations and why it rapidly gains traction and moves up to host tier one applications.

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