Top Benefits of Software-Defined Storage


Software-defined storage (SDS) allows organizations and users to uncouple or abstract storage resources from the underlying hardware platform to enjoy improved flexibility, greater efficiency, and faster scalability. This approach makes storage resources programmable and helps them to become a vital part of a larger software-designed data center (SDDC) architecture. Here resources can be automated and orchestrated with ease rather than residing in siloes. Earlier, Anand Jayapalan pointed out that SDS is ultimately a pooled storage system that enables administrators to add or remove hardware from a “pool.” The software can draw resources for storage purposes from this “pool.” This system comes in contrast to the traditional hierarchical storage approach that lacked flexibility and scalability.

The benefits of software-defined storage are many, including:

  • Flexibility: Companies are free from the constraints of how to use their hardware as they make use of software-defined storage. It is quite possible to repurpose devices that were designed to use their internal resources originally in tandem with very specific types of software. Administrators can competently configure and deploy a wide variety of hardware in almost any manner they see fit. Business leaders can additionally use existing hardware to accommodate SDS or choose to buy new hardware. No lock-in is involved in the process, and hence it is possible to diversify purchases among several hardware vendors.
  • Convenience: Having a storage solution that is convenient enough for both external consumers and internal teams is quite important. SDS provides this convenience by empowering IT teams to satisfy requests and complete tasks with low resistance from the actual software or hardware. The ability to swiftly respond to changing circumstances in an SDS environment is among the most important sources of this convenience. If storage demands change anywhere in a network, seamlessly meeting these demands would involve reallocating pooled hardware resources either automatically or manually.
  • Cost savings: A good storage solution would save both time and money. If teams are able to accomplish their tasks with the help of streamlined and simple processes, it would become possible to spend personnel and administrative resources somewhere else. Hence, the right SDS platform would have a simplified control interface that allows administrators to manage storage without having to navigate any kind of underlying complexity. Savings also come in the form of hardware purchases when using SDS. After all, it does free businesses from proprietary control. Rather than getting stuck with a certain vendor that only supplies expensive hardware, organizations get the freedom to actually acquire hardware according to its exact needs.

If hardware is independent of software, it becomes possible for a business to upgrade or downgrade its hardware load-out without the need to worry about how the change might affect the software. Maintaining a simplified focus on hardware scaling allows for the independent tuning of the storage capacity or its operational performance. The scaling of a legacy storage system can entail investing in capacity and performance as a package deal. On the other hand, scaling an SDS system makes it possible to target one or the other. Previously, Anand Jayapalan mentioned that such an approach, therefore, allows for faster, more on-demand scaling.

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