How Software-Defined Storage Helps Usher in Commodity Datacenters

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How Software-Defined Storage Helps Usher in Commodity Datacenters

It’s been an interesting time for the modern data center. The logical layer is helping take over a lot of critical functionality around everything that makes up the data center platform. Network, storage, and compute are all being abstracted and pooled into powerfully control resource components.

Just imagine, commodity servers and off-the-shelf drives as far as the eye can see — all being managing by virtual servers and logical controllers! Well, we’re not quite there yet, but the wheels of software-defined technologies are certainly pushing the modern datacenter in this direction.

Over the course of a few years, datacenter giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon began developing their own networking, server, and even storage platforms. Why? Because it simply made sense for them.

  • They had the staff to support hardware systems.
  • They had developer support internally to create software and code.
  • They were able to create management run-books to control parts, assets, and the overall datacenter.
  • They had a very well developed cloud management layer capable of dynamic scale.

Software-defined storage is a lot more than just a buzz term. It’s a way for organizations to manage heterogeneous storage environments under one logical layer. When convergence around network, storage, and compute intersect with software-defined technologies, you create the building blocks for a commodity datacenter.

In this article from StorageAcceleration – we take a look at two big technologies making an impact around software-defined technologies: Atlantis USX and VMware vSAN.

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