I routinely follow a number of blogs by storage industry thought leaders. Among them is a usually insightful blog by EMC’s Chuck Hollis. Last Friday I read his post titled Software-Defined Storage – Where Are We ? As Chuck described, the post was intended to explore “Where are the flags being planted? Is there any consistency in the perspectives? How do various vendor views stack up? And what might we see in the future? ” The questions themselves captured my attention. First, they are great questions that everyone who is watching this space should want answered. Second, I wanted to see which vendors EMC was interested in comparing with. Notably missing from Chuck’s list was IBM, a vendor who both has a lot to say and a lot to offer on the subject of software defined.
I thought Chuck did a nice job in the sections of his post on Basic [Software Defined Storage] SDS Concepts and Towards a Superset of Characteristics . My only critique would be that he didn’t acknowledge some of the forward leaning work being done in the space. For example, in the area of concepts he rightly observed of the past that “there is little consensus on what is software-defined storage, and what isn’t” but he failed to acknowledge the important work by the team at IDC in providing the industry with an unbiased nomenclature and taxonomy for software-based storage. See my post from a couple... [Continue Reading]