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3 minute readWhere Does Hardware Fit in a Software-Defined Storage World?

Software storage, software as a service and even the vision of a software-defined data system are all ideas getting a lot of publicity in today’s tech world. What does that mean in terms of hardware needs? Will hardware be “virtually” eliminated?

Hardware DOES Matter

One common argument in favor of different software solutions is that hardware does not matter. While yes, hardware has a different impact on how software works than ever before, it does matter. Rather than saying hardware doesn’t matter, a better way of phrasing things is to say that a certain type of software is “hardware agnostic.”

Purpose-built hardware may not have the same impact on the industry that it did in years past. However, well-built standard designs and form factors are still a requirement to operate these new software solutions. In fact, when it comes to storage, server form-factors will likely play an important role—because of the newer memory technologies.

Hardware Will Improve

The reason so many things are moving to software is that this area of technology has grown at a rapid pace and hardware innovation has not kept up. This era is passing. There are new technologies in the work that can make hardware-based storage and technologies very relevant. Flash is becoming the norm, not the exception in terms of server storage—which results in more affordability and space.

The Software/Hardware Connection

Hardware and software are not two competing technologies. They are actually both part of something bigger. While many tasks are moving to being more software based, hardware isn’t becoming obsolete, it just needs to adapt and change. Hardware, in the future, will likely be defined by the software that runs on it  – rather than software being defined by the hardware available.

For anyone involved in creating hardware or working on any type of network, this is a very exciting time. Chances are the innovations in the next few years will make hardware-based storage a very important cog in the wheel of the software-defined data system. 


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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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