Software-defined Storage is a ‘Must Have’ for a Software-defined Data Center; Movement Driven by Need to Optimize Tier 1 Business Applications
I expect a lot of buzz at VMworld and afterwards around ‘Software-defined Data Centers’ and it makes me chuckle to think of all the different ways we have found to state the obvious ‘Software is what matters.’ The software model and business applications have redefined the foundation of architectures from being ‘static’ to ‘dynamic’; software is the basis for agility, user interactions and for building a long-term architecture that adapts to change. Yes, hardware continues to innovate rapidly but it is software that defines an infrastructure’s flexibility to evolve, to enhance productivity and to optimally align resources and services to meet the dynamic needs of application use cases.
As I blogged earlier this year: Software will take center stage for storage, empowering users to a new level of hardware interchangeability and commodity-based "buying power."
Clearly, this new found positioning and characterization in the virtualization industry around ‘software-defined’ is much more than just new buzz words. It is a continuation on the trend to capture a few hard hitting words to frame the mindset evolution from hardware-centric to software-centric that is happening in the real world. As users have to deal with the new dynamics and faster pace of business they can no longer be trapped within yesterday’s more rigid and hardwired architecture models. Infrastructure is constructed on three pillars – computing, networking and storage – and in each area hardware decisions are taking a back seat to a world dictated by software and driven by applications. See today’s DataCore announcement at VMworld 2012: DataCore Storage Hypervisor Makes Mission-Critical and I/O Intensive Tier 1 Business Applications Run Up to 5X Faster Virtualized
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