With the rise of next-generation applications driven by trends like big data and the Internet of Things, organizations are turning to software-defined storage solutions to achieve greater agility, resilience, scalability and cost-efficiency. This approach to storage architecture uses a layer of software to provision, orchestrate and manage physical data storage capacity on industry-standard servers. By decoupling storage management software from hardware, software-defined solutions enable hardware and software to be acquired independently rather than locking organizations into proprietary platforms.
The key to making software-defined storage work is choosing solutions that are fast to deploy and simple to manage, that support multiple workloads and a variety of use cases, and that relieve IT teams of the complexity of managing a heterogeneous collection of storage media. For organizations seeking superior software-defined storage options, Dell EMC provides an array of industry-leading choices.
The evolution of storage media has produced a wide array of options, each with distinctive characteristics, benefits and limitations. Yet many of these current generation storage solutions fall short in their ability to support the needs of next-generation applications. From big data, social, mobile and cloud computing to robotics, 3D printing and the Internet of Things, new technologies require storage media that delivers more speed, flexibility, scalability and capacity. But even as new technologies emerge to address these needs, IT teams are facing pressure to constrain costs and to get more done with existing resources, requiring new storage media to also be cost-efficient and easy to manage.
Software-defined storage solutions satisfy these requirements for performance, flexibility, scalability, ease of use and cost efficiency by separating the management services (control plane) from the infrastructure (data plane) of storage media. Storage defined systems create a single pool of storage from a heterogeneous set of storage arrays and enable administrators to create virtual storage arrays through policy. Unlike traditional storage arrays, software-defined storage enables new arrays to be added quickly and easily, and administrators can give users self-service tools that lets them access storage immediately rather than waiting days or weeks for help from IT.
Dell EMC provides software-defined storage solutions that enable organizations to reduce TCO, optimize IT operations and automate the deployment of IT services. Dell EMC solutions are available as scale-out file storage and object storage deployments and include:
While each Dell EMC software-defined storage option has its own strengths and benefits, collectively, these solutions enable organizations to:
Dell EMC’s Future-Proof Loyalty Program enables organizations to move forward with deployment of software-defined storage solutions with the confidence they will get the most from their investment. This customer program is designed to protect investments in Dell EMC technology with a set of world-class capabilities and programs to ensure that storage, data protection and hyperconverged products provide value over their lifecycle.
The Future-Proof Loyalty Program includes:
What is software-defined storage?
Software-defined storage is an approach to managing data storage that decouples storage software from storage hardware components. Using a layer of software to provision, orchestrate and manage data storage on industry-standard servers, software-defined storage gives administrators more choice and flexibility, enabling them to achieve the speed and agility they need to support next-generation workloads. With software-defined solutions, storage becomes a heterogeneous pool of hardware resources where administrators can mix and match hardware and media.
What are the benefits of software-defined storage solutions?
The two biggest benefits of software-defined storage are cost and efficiency. Storage-defined solutions enable all existing hardware to be used and leveraged optimally before needing to purchase new storage media. New storage arrays can be added quickly and easily, and users can access storage more easily with self-service tools. Ultimately, software-defined storage enables IT administrators to spend more time managing data rather than the hardware it resides on.
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