Questions from the Field: How do you define Software-defined?
If you’re in IT, and attending the usual industry events, you can’t help but notice the explosion of companies, from those making software to those making hardware, claiming to have Software-defined solutions. I even bumped into someone (we’ll leave him nameless) who claimed that his company’s flash controller was “software-defined”, because after all, it was software that defined how the hardware should be managed; right? Right …
Yes, software needs hardware, but that doesn’t make the resulting solution Software-defined. While there are an increasing number of Software-defined solutions out there, it’s still a bit of the Wild West, and buyers best beware. Have some healthy caution as you explore solutions and understand how your vendor defines Software-defined. Getting that base-level understanding is important, because the solutions that flow from the definition have different characteristics that either will or won’t work with your use case.
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