Talkin' Cloud, 8/28/15
Technology growing pains and workarounds are simply a matter of life in the IT world, and virtual storage is no exception. For years, administrators have struggled with limitations of LUN-centric or volume-centric storage, especially in terms of data services such as snapshots, clones and data protection.
Moreover, they have found the traditional bottom up paradigm very cumbersome in how to provision storage for workloads and adapt to changing needs. This has left many IT professionals wondering why there isn’t a smarter way to manage storage--one that shifts policy control from being locked up in proprietary hardware to being integrated in an on-demand, pay-as-you-go software-defined, hybrid cloud storage service.
On the vendor side, our service provider partners have faced similar challenges with these legacy technologies. They have been burdened with the complexity and ballooning costs associated with storage hosting, disaster recovery services and maintaining separate data islands. In the end, we all urgently wanted a change in the way storage was provisioned and consumed.