Jon Toigo, Chairman of the Data Management Institute argues that software-defined storage has become a widely employed meme in the industry and in trade press, lacking rigorous technical definition.

In this white paper Toigo discusses the viability of software-defined storage in his own terms and challenges some of the common hypervisor vendor arguments, referencing VMware's VSAN, EVO:Rail and Microsoft's Clustered Storage Spaces model.

Jon argues that all decisions around storage infrastructure should be based, not on the latest fashionable meme, but on the traditional criteria of "cost, availability, and simplicity".
Jon's take on using third party SDS solutions, referencing StorMagic SvSAN:

"For the smaller shop, or the ROBO environment, the independent software vendor's SDS solution might be just the thing to test the value of software-defined storage to application performance"

To read the full Jon Toigo white paper on choosing the storage infrastructure that best fits your business needs, simply fill out the form on the right.

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