Free White Paper: ioFABRIC Vicinity: The Software-Defined Data Center of Tomorrow Starts Today
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As is the unfortunate case for many buzzword-based trends, “software-defined” data center resources are in the midst of going through their own hype-cycle – with the outcome, at least temporarily, of confusion and, until some semblance of reality kicks in. For many, “software-defined” is a meaningless term, hijacked by corporate marketing machines and twisted to meet the current product set for a specific vendor. For others, there is simply a lack of full understanding of what the phrase really means and, more importantly, what it will mean for the data center of tomorrow.
In this paper, you will learn about the software-defined data center – with a focus on storage. You will discover the key challenges that are giving rise to software-defined storage. Finally, you will also learn about how software-defined resources operate and why this seemingly overhyped technology is just now becoming a major force for data centers that are ready to meet the business needs of today and tomorrow.
First, There Was Hardware
Storage is hardware. You save your bits and bytes to some kind of storage device. When people refer to non-software-defined storage, they are generally referring to more traditional storage arrays. These storage arrays stand-alone and ship as a hardware chassis filled with some combination of spinning and solid state disks along with an operating system that exposes that storage.
This reveals a key fact that isn’t always discussed: storage has always been software-defined. No matter what the underlying hardware looked like, there is always a software layer running atop that hardware that provides an interface to other systems and applications. One common misperception around software-defined storage is that the hardware no longer matters.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
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