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When evaluating Software Defined Storage, what aspect do you think is the most important to look for?

Ariel Lindenfeld - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Content at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

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1818 Answers

Lawrence Tse - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Sustainable performance (practical delivered IOPS vs per calculated IOPS, allocated network channels and bandwidth utilisation ratio), security, robustness and recoverability.  

Also, capability to interact with networking hardware acceleration such as flow control, IO buffer management and traffic shaping, enterprise storage features like sync/async replication, deduplication, snapshot and snapshot integration, the flexibility of storage volume formation, such as media type and volume structure (RAID level, multi-tiering, multi-level caching).

George Williams - PeerSpot reviewer

1. Multi-protocol capabilities:

It is a must-have feature in a reliable software-defined storage solution that it should support a variety of protocols to collect, store and retrieve data. A multi-purpose software storage solution should support iSCSI and Fibre Channel protocols to handle object-level application workloads as well as NFS & SMB protocols for distributed file systems. The multi-protocol capability enables the end-users to generate and scale unified storage pools that configure SAN+NAS storage volumes to support various data types and applications logically. 

So the end-users can leverage accelerated performance by integrating cost-effective software virtualization storage. So as your organization's data storage needs grow, SDS allows you to deploy storage volumes without fretting about whether or not those volumes will integrate smoothly with other systems. 

2. Cloud Storage Integration:

In any organization, data follows a typical "life cycle". Begin as a "hot" business-critical data, it cools and isn't accessed as frequently. If not managed properly, this life cycle can turn into a big headache in overcrowded high-performance arrays. However, this problem is not a new one but the solution should be advanced enough to sort out this matter efficiently and effectively. 

The best software storage solutions allow the end-users to integrate the cloud of their own choice into their virtualized infrastructure seamlessly. So storage professionals can implement strategies to move their cold files between on-prem and cloud storage easily. So they can also manage their data under a unified strategy.

3. Advanced Data Services:

 Advanced data services are the premium features offered by advanced and enterprise-level software storage solutions. Vendors like Stonefly SCVM, netapp, datacore etc offer remarkable data services such as snapshot technology, async/sync replication, data deduplication and reliable security features that deliver a considerable benefit. 

BM Duarte - PeerSpot reviewer

Easy to use and configure

Didier Boji - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Its performances and weaknesses.

Muhammad Nauman - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

As per my understanding we keep in mind about,

Performance :-
                      SDS (Software Define Storage) reduce the performance of physical storage devices like their IOPs. And also perform well with any RAID configurations.

Compatibility :-
                      It can be compatible with all type of hardware/Operating Systems. But I would like to suggest BareMetal installation. Because It reduce licensing and batter system performance.

Security :-
                     It includes all basic's of security encryptions method like lock hard drive or OS in case of wrong Login attempts.  

                   SDS must have AD integration, Bind drives/Shared Path with network classes/IP /Mac etc (so it makes more secure),Drive Locker etc. 

Luca Bertellini - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

- limit the payload due to the SDS software, keeping as much as possible the original storage performance.

- Stability: SDS became a critical component of the infrastructure. So it must contribute actively to increasing the number of nine's. 

- Support (a very important aspect): it has to be fast, reliable and flexible.

Anton Kolomyeytsev - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

(1) Stability

(2) Support

(3) Performance

Rujane Paderon - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

You need to scale out objects in which the system creates and allocates a unique identifier to the object. 

You need to evaluate which one creates high available scale-out file share to use with application storage and also, those SDS's that are able to run on the server OS and in VM either on-premise or in the cloud.

reviewer1667487 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10User

We were recently looking for a solution with excellent reliability from a vendor that was not likely to disappear or drop the solution. 

Also, we were price-sensitive so this played a large factor in our decision-making process.

reviewer1435386 - PeerSpot reviewer

Company Reputation, Costs, scalability; features for Cloud or DR.

Matt Baltz - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Rather than evaluating based solely on feature set, make sure the SDS platform will meet all of the business objectives.

Michael Samaniego - PeerSpot reviewer

You have to know the converged infrastructure vs. the hyperconverged infrastructure, and the differences lie mainly in the SAN in a converged environment, making a SAN a single point of failure, as opposed to an HCI solution in which there is no single point of failure and can reach the same number of IOPs and higher than a converged infrastructure. However, many companies are slow to make the change for the initial investment cost, in the long run, companies choose HCI and know that HCI solution is the right one enters another analysis.

Norman Allen - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

After evaluating all of the requirements, the first and main aspect should be reliability and data integrity.

Tim Williams - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

The aspect that is most important depends entirely upon the business objectives and needs of the client. Some need scalability, some need a specific application compatibility, some need specific hypervisors, some need to focus on DR/backup capability. It's not a great question.

Victor Koshka - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Do a careful POC and make very very sure the solution does not corrupt data when you have a major storage issue like an array failure.

reviewer1377597 - PeerSpot reviewer

Price and support for when problems happen.

it_user721851 - PeerSpot reviewer

Start with the economics and in your evaluation criteria, stress not only the new features and capabilities being touted but on how much disruption will it cause to your current environment, does it protect and leverage your existing investments and is it software that can bridge different deployment models (serverSAN, pure software, appliance, hyperconverged or hybrid cloud) since we live in a 'hybrid' world and how much true agility it brings to meet change and growth. To often vendors tout specific new models or features and describe these new 'shiny objects' as panaceas, but the reality is often the new comes with a 'rip and replace' mindset that forgets about existing investments and how to add agility and future-proofing to your infrastructure to readily accept new technologies and absorb them within the overall management versus creating yet another independent silo to manage. Look at the economics and think big picture to avoid stop-gap solutions that actually add complexity and cost.

it_user678579 - PeerSpot reviewer

As necessidades de negócio são o foco.
Geralmente ao avaliar SDS buscamos: Resiliência, Gerenciamento Simplificado e Performance.

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