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Software Defined Storage

In recent years, users have increasingly looked toSoftware Defined Storage (SDS) and hyperconverged storage devices to create a high-performance, fault-tolerant IT infrastructure.

Software Defined Storage - software defined storage

Comprehensive software-defined storage solutions for virtual machines and applications(Software Defined Storage), provide high performance and fault tolerance. One of the ways used is to create a so-called "mirroring" of internal hard drives and flash drives between servers, eliminating the need for shared physical storage. With a Software Defined Storage solution, CAPEX and OPEX expenses are significantly reduced because readily available components are used. The SDS data storage solution is particularly suited to the needs of SME companies and remote offices.

ProActive - Minimal downtime

To ensure minimal downtime and high availability of applications and services, a ProActive-type service is often added, combining analytics with real-time monitoring. An advanced artificial intelligence mechanism predicts the occurrence of failures and prevents them before they happen. This makes it possible to meet even the most stringent requirements of service level agreements. As a result, system administrators using Software Defined Storage can focus on innovating instead of constantly monitoring the IT environment.

Software Defined Storage expanded to include hybrid cloud functionality

Software Defined Storage solutions are often extended with hybrid cloud functionality. Current hybrid cloud solutions on the market require the creation of a new hardware configuration from scratch, which is time-consuming and costly. They also do not provide sufficiently high availability for VMs and applications, as they do not allow data migration between the public cloud and local storage.

Such a solution, which is a combination of the Hyper-V ecosystem with existing on-premises servers using Microsoft Azure, can address these challenges. In addition to distributing highly available storage, Software Defined Storage also provides inter-site data replication and recovery in the public cloud, meeting Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) requirements. As a result, this leads to simplified deployment and management, reducing costs and increasing the security of stored data (data storage).

Advantages of SDS over physical SAN

The main advantages of Software Defined Storage(SDS) over a physical SAN with an array are directly influencing the increasingly popular use of SDS solutions, these include:

  • Performance: latency is higher due to accessing disks over the network rather than locally, no caching
  • Redundancy: the SAN can be a single point of failure if the SAN device fails, the entire environment fails
  • High availability: a SAN array with 2 controllers (quite expensive) operates in static active-active mode, as opposed to a software solution operating in true dynamic active-active mode
  • Scalability: Guaranteed to support unlimited capacity in HA mode, using a non-time-limited license. This means the ability to grow/scale by adding disk shelves when all bays/bays are already full at no additional software cost. In addition, SAN components typically need to be replaced after 3-5 years, while the software license is perpetual.

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