What is software-defined storage? Software-defined storage (SDS) is a software-based storage solution that provides greater flexibility and independence than the traditional network-attached storage (NAS) or storage area network (SAN). Although software-defined storage can work in and on top of both NAS and SAN environments, it is usually created to perform on the industry common x86 servers.
Software-defined storage allows for separation and independence from traditional hardware solutions. This allows for greater architectural creativity, providing for the ability to increase storage capacity with ease and fluidity. Additionally, software-defined storage can be programmed to quickly adapt storage needs as demand for storage changes.
Software-defined storage works on both a scale-up AND a scale-out approach, making it easier to adapt for growth as needs change within the business enterprise. Software-defined storage can also work in the three main varieties of storage solutions: block, file, and object, making it a very attractive solution for any business enterprise. In software-defined storage, there are no vendor lock-in or proprietary restrictions, thus making SDS a very flexible, cost-effective alternative.
SDS simplifies storage solution issues by allowing greater freedom and creativity, and improved speed and performance. SDS is more flexible and transparent and also works successfully with any current storage solutions and the cloud.