All The SDS News You Can Use – February 2016

By Avinash Lakshman | | Software-defined Storage

Welcome to the February edition of our top storage headlines.

If you’re just joining us, this is our monthly post highlighting some of the most interesting articles about software-defined storage (SDS) and cloud computing. The news this month included some excellent analysis of the SDS market and announcements from major companies moving from traditional storage vendors to the cloud.

Here’s what we enjoyed reading in February:

Why we liked it: Larger, traditional vendors are starting to understand the value of SDS, with IBM pivoting towards the technology as the latest example. IBM educated partners on the value of SDS and flash while introducing a stripped down version of it’s z13 mainframe running Linux and aimed at the midmarket.

Hedvig’s take: The industry needs goliaths like IBM to evangelize software-defined storage. Resellers of all sizes and selling into all markets need to embrace this disruptive trend. It’s great to see IBM making this a focus and bringing Linux, flash, and SDS to the masses.

Why we liked it: Netflix is one of the best examples of Web-scale IT. Although they’re still using a physical data center for their DVD business, the more critical part — the streaming service — is now entirely in the cloud (AWS to be specific). This is another example of a large enterprise choosing cloud over legacy infrastructure, demonstrating the inevitable march towards public cloud dominance.

Hedvig’s take: NetFlix is a harbinger of what’s to come. Large enterprises will move to the public cloud. We think it’s 10-15 years before companies are all in, meaning hybrid cloud is the foreseeable future (even Netflix uses data centers for a portion of its business). We believe software-defined storage plays a critical role in enabling this hybrid architecture.

Why we liked it: Cloud storage is appealing to many enterprises, but to-date it’s often relegate bulk storage and archive. However, as the costs go down, the benefits only increase. While we agree that cloud-facing applications need cloud storage, there also many other reasons to choose solutions that don’t rely on legacy hardware. The 451 Research report referenced here is also a great resource for public cloud storage spending and predictions.

Hedvig’s take: We’re at an inflection point. The new norm is hybrid cloud and organizations are thinking IT architectures to figure out how apps and data can use low-cost cloud storage. This market has long been the domain of speciality gateways. We see that coming to an end. Software-defined storage can easily act as a public cloud conduit without need for yet another appliance. Mazzetti is an example of a Hedvig customer doing just that.

What we liked: The report on which this article is based is a useful recap of IT spending across the world and the trends we all should have in mind. Given the slowing IT environment, we expect to see more consolidation in our industry this year and look forward to seeing whether IDC’s predictions pan out.

Hedvig’s take: Buckle up. That’s our take. A slowdown in spending will indeed cause consolidation in the market. However, we have also seen that economics slowdowns also cause companies to embrace new architectures. It defeats inertia and causes companies to reevaluate how to do more with less. Enter software-defined storage. Hedvig customers are experiencing 60-80% cost savings. One customer saved $7M in switching from a traditional array to the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform. Slowdown or not, that’s just too compelling to ignore.

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