EMC Glossary

Software-Defined Storage (SDS)

Storage defined storage implies storage software isn’t defined by the hardware it runs on - software is decoupled from hardware and can run on any industry standard hardware that can be procured. Software defined storage should be able to be consumed in choice of flexibility as a downloadable software or as an appliance based model depending on the organization’s implementation standpoint.

Who uses Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and why?

By adopting Software-Defined Storage (SDS), Enterprise IT organizations can incrementally add capacity a few nodes at a time so that as demand increases, storage can grow to meet the demand — as opposed to having to invest in more and more hardware for traditional storage arrays. SDS will enable them to have more flexibility in their procurement model and significantly lower storage costs.

How does the Software-Defined Storage (SDS) work?

Software-Defined Storage breaks traditional hardware lifecycle and the traditional storage appliance model. With software abstracted from hardware, customers can acquire hardware and software independently. Customers can deploy them on the hardware of their choice rather than being locked into a narrow proprietary hardware platform or SDS can be downloaded as software.

Benefits of Software-Defined Storage (SDS)

Turbo charge server performance - Extreme performance and capacity with enterprise grade protection.
Build better clouds – Build better clouds and develop modern apps at 65% cheaper than public cloud Analyze more data – Enable the organizations to store, protect & analyze more data than ever.
Reduce CAPEX & OPEX costs – Improve operational efficiency and reduce the storage costs by up to 73%.