ChannlPro Network, 6/3/2016
With software-defined storage solutions and appliance-based products like Microsoft’s Azure StorSimple hybrid cloud storage promising increased affordability, the future of traditional storage area networks is in question. Or is it?
“Software-defined storage is beginning to open up a whole new venue for [people] to provide pretty good virtualization capabilities, and also to do a pretty good job of security under the right circumstances,” says Walt Hubis, storage architect and owner of Hubis Technical Associates, a storage consultancy in Lafayette, Colo. However, he believes that it’s not an out-and-out replacement for SANs. “I’m seeing it more as an adjunct, especially as we’ve moved into a lot of what I would consider to be lower-cost systems.” These less expensive solutions, he adds, could be suitable for many SMBs.
But for midsize or larger businesses requiring scalable solutions, Lazarus Vekiarides, CTO and co-founder of ClearSky Data, a storage services provider in Boston, notes that software-defined storage doesn’t necessarily eliminate the issues associated with traditional SANs. “You’re still going to have just as many disks as you had before, and just as many servers. Depending on the type of capabilities you want, you may even have more boxes than you had before because you may be doing complete mirroring,” he says.