Software-Defined Storage – A Beginners Guide

Software-defined storage (SDS) is a form of storage virtualization. It significantly improves the simplicity and flexibility of data storage management by introducing a software layer, independent from the physical storage hardware (i.e. disks and SSDs).

Ready to upgrade that old hyperconverged or software-defined storage solution? Part 2

This is part two of the blog series on upgrading a hyperconverged or software-defined storage solution, where I’ll cover some questions to ask as you are assembling your true requirements for an upgrade. Part one covered the primary deployment models and some of the changes that have happened in the last few years, click here to go back to read [...]

Ready to upgrade that old hyperconverged or software-defined storage solution? Part I

Today, IT professionals have many choices on how to solve server/storage/networking requirements in the datacenter and at the edge. Hyperconverged appliances and software-defined storage solutions have emerged as an excellent alternative to traditional 3-tiered architecture and many have already deployed these solutions. If you deployed these solutions some time ago ago then you are now likely to be looking to [...]

Evolution of Storage: Part 5 – Into the future – Software-defined storage

Storage technologies have been constantly evolving over the past few decades, from dedicated application resources, through server consolidation, to the latest innovations in space saving and performance such as thin provisioning, caching using SSD or RAM, and data deduplication. This technological development has lent itself to the requirements of large data center environments, yet largely ignored the challenges faced by [...]

Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 3

StorMagic CEO, Hans O'Sullivan, examines the release of Windows Server 2016 and with it, Storage Spaces Direct in this three part series of blogs. Part 3 explores where StorMagic and other vendors fit now that Microsoft have entered the market. Software-defined storage (SDS) solutions have been around for several years and with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 launch that includes Storage [...]

Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 2

StorMagic CEO, Hans O'Sullivan, examines the release of Windows Server 2016 and with it, Storage Spaces Direct in this three part series of blogs. Part 2 delves into the details of Storage Spaces Direct. Software-defined storage (SDS) solutions have been around for several years and with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 launch that includes Storage Spaces Direct, which will now go [...]

Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 1

StorMagic CEO, Hans O'Sullivan, examines the release of Windows Server 2016 and with it, Storage Spaces Direct in this three part series of blogs. Part 1 focuses on the history of software-defined storage. Software-defined storage (SDS) solutions have been around for several years and with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 launch that includes Storage Spaces Direct, which will now go mainstream. [...]

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