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Software Defined Storage: A quick guide

Will Garside provides a list of the runners and riders in the highly valued Software Defined Storage space

Software Defined Storage technologies are through the hype cycle and now running successfully in production environments

Although each vendor has a slightly different pitch on the subject, in essence, the promise of SDS is the ability to mix and match different storage technologies and get the right combination of features, performance and scalability without the single vendor lock-in that has traditionally plagues the industry. By using a common set of standards;  administrators are able to separate the control from the data plane and potentially create more flexible and less expensive storage architecture able to scale without a forklift upgrade each time a performance or capacity threshold is reached.

According to analyst firm Research and Markets, the global SDS market was worth around $1.4bn in 2014 and it expects it to reach $6.2bn by 2019 offering a staggering 34 percent CAGR – a testament to the perceived value of the concept.

However, unlike the wider storage market with its top trio of EMCNetApp and HP taking roughly half the sales, SDS has a lot more players.