Keith Townsend - The CTO Advisor, 1/11/16
I’ve talked to a good number of non-traditional storage vendors over the past few months. The list of options includes more than x86 hyper-converged or Server SAN vendors. The number of Cloud-based storage vendors has increased. The number of choices has become diverse that it’s time to ask the question seriously, “Is it time to ditch the traditional storage array?”
Decentralization of the Data Center
It’s not the number of non-traditional vendors that’s driving the question as much as the decentralization of the enterprise data center. Converged and hyper-converged systems are answering the call from customers for focused application solutions. Application owners look toward solutions such as Oracle RAC, that offers the full stack. The infrastructure in an Oracle RAC solution is designed to run a single enterprise application extremely well.
Options for the other end of the spectrum are available. Companies such as Scale Computing provide the full infrastructure stack for virtualized workloads. The cost of a Scale Computing cluster meets the budget and technical needs of a single large application. In a recent episode of The CTO Advisor podcast, I spoke to Scale Computing’s Co-Found Jason Collier about their positioning. Application owners looking for full stack support look to solutions such as Scale Computing’s platform.
Newer startups are getting into the application-centric full stack conversation. ZeroStack not only offers a full infrastructure stack that includes storage but a cloud platform to provide an API for cloud-native application development. Newer vendors are now able to compete with legacy vendors such as EMC because of the rapid change in application requirements.