As the relentless growth of data stored continues to grow, so does the expectation on IT and procurement to reduce the cost of acquiring, maintaining and running storage. Yet, it’s no secret that most of us will not allow our old data, photos, media, etc. to just be discarded. More to the point, we expect that data to remain readily available where we left it, even if it will likely never be reused. Often the value of all this historic data is yet to be fully realised. Users and applications don’t by nature embrace change. Furthermore, they are happy with the way they access their storage through traditional storage protocols such as SMB and NFS or filesystems like NTFS. IT knows and trusts their SANs, NAS and file servers, but it is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to scale and protect that storage.
Enter the age of software-defined storage (SDS) and, in particular, object storage. Object storage is cost-effective and feature-rich, self-healing, doesn’t need to be backed up, is inherently immune to ransomware attacks, oh and did I mention extremely cost-effective? But I hear you say that there is just one catch—SDS is accessed differently than our well-understood traditional storage, and unless we have or are implementing an application already integrated directly into SDS, this will likely mean change. Managing that change itself can be complex, disruptive and expensive for an enterprise. But the benefits of SDS and object storage are too great for anyone to ignore. This begs the question: how can we benefit from SDS today without inflicting major change on the organization?
Join me on August 16 at 11 am PT/2 pm ET for a webinar on Benefiting from Scalable Software-Defined Storage without Change. I will be discussing readily available solutions that allow us to enhance and scale our traditional storage while gaining all the benefits of SDS and object storage, without having to change existing applications, retrain our users, and while limiting or removing the need for complex storage migration projects.
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