Software-defined storage
Software-defined storage (SDS) provides the flexible storage foundation you need for hybrid cloud, digital transformation and more
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SDS solutions overview

Traditional storage can’t respond to the complex process of digital transformation – where familiar on-premises environments give way to new hybrid cloud deployments — as quickly as you need and within the budget you can afford. That’s where software-defined storage comes in.

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Software-defined storage gives you the flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and agility you need to enable your data-driven, multicloud enterprise. Flexible

Make business changes as easily as you update your software.


Transform your existing infrastructure to meet new challenges.


Support traditional and new-generation applications simultaneously with the same infrastructure.

Software-defined storage solutions

Meet the demands of your data-driven infrastructure with a complete storage software family featuring AI-infused capabilities.

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Software-defined storage software Software-defined storage management

Manage data growth and prepare for the cloud with a bundled suite of SDS solutions.

Container-native storage orchestration for Red Hat® OpenShift®

Bring the agility of OpenShift applications to the associated storage for stateful and stateless apps.

Software-defined storage for Red Hat OpenShift

Bring enterprise data services to container environments with a flexible SDS solution for hybrid cloud.

Software-defined architecture Software-defined storage for AI and data

Enable AI workloads and consolidate primary and secondary big data storage with industry-leading, cost-effective object storage.

Software-defined storage server

More easily deploy fast, highly scalable storage for AI and big data using simple building blocks.

Software-defined storage case studies Coventry Building Society

A UK financial services organization maintains its great customer service and high efficiency by deploying IBM Spectrum Storage and IBM FlashSystem.

The University of Queensland

A world-class research institute unified data fabric with IBM Spectrum Scale software, significantly accelerating image-intensive and AI workloads.

Posti Messaging OY

Finland’s largest document delivery provider built a truly robust IT infrastructure on IBM Elastic Storage Server for its key business integration platform.

Software-defined storage services

IBM Systems Lab Services offers infrastructure services to help you build the foundation for today’s hybrid cloud and enterprise IT data centers.

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Resources Software-defined storage blog

Stay up-to-date on the latest SDS news and innovations.

IBM Documentation

Get the software-defined infrastructure support you need.

IBM Storage Community

Interact with software-defined storage developers and users.

IBM Storage Product Guide

Explore the full IBM Storage and SDS portfolio. (10 MB)

Software-defined data centers

Learn what a software-defined data center (SDDC) is and how it can help you accelerate delivery of IT resources.

Next steps

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