Any organization serious about building and maintaining a useful virtualized environment is concerned whether its IT investments are able to respond to advancements in cloud computing, software-defined storage, storage virtualization, converged infrastructure and other emerging data center technologies. Software-defined storage, in particular, has become one of the most discussed topics in the data center and virtualization sectors.
This chapter looks specifically at how products in the software-defined storage category can make the management of storage less complicated, and, if properly implemented, can position a data center at the leading edge of technology for the foreseeable future. What’s needed is a plan to create a virtualized infrastructure that’s sufficiently adaptable to future requirements. IT teams devote considerable time and precious IT dollars to making sure their virtualized infrastructure is efficient. They can’t afford to find themselves with an environment that carries a high total cost of ownership or that can’t adapt to change. Decisions about storage are an integral part of this process, and software-defined storage provides the type of flexibility that appeals to IT decision-makers interested in future-proofing an infrastructure.