4 minute read4 Ways You Can Benefit from Software-Defined Storage
By Kyle Christopher
Software-defined storage, sometimes referred to as storage hypervisor, is the recent trend among storage manufacturers. Software-defined storage can save you a lot of time and money. . . if you know how to take advantage of it. Let’s start by defining exactly what software-defined storage is. In essence, software-defined storage products virtualize underlying physical devices, essentially allowing you to have better control over the resources of your hardware. Instead of presenting 100% of your resources to one single OS, now you can grant whatever you wish, and adjust it on the fly. Ideally, it will abstract typical controller functions from the hardware and move them into software, functions such as data protection, snapshots, replication, multi-array (a.k.a., network) RAID and volume management, to name a few. Sound a lot like virtualization? Indeed, it is very similar in the sense that it allows you to use your storage a lot more efficiently while not limiting you in terms of your vendors or platforms.
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