In a recent report, 451 Research declared, “Software-defined storage will dominate the industry narrative in 2015.” That reflects a consensus shaping up in the industry. The next big thing to revolutionize the market and bring about the Software-Defined Enterprise (SDE) of the future is going to be software-defined storage (SDS) solutions—preferably open source-based.

Simplicity is king

For companies taking their first steps in the software-defined revolution, open source-based software-defined storage (OpenSDS) solutions help solve this by integrating software-only open source collaboration with standard x86 hardware-centric SDS innovation. OpenSDS enables companies to restructure storage using software, virtually eliminating the vast silos of distributed stored data behind traditional arrays and provide commodity based solutions.

"IT organizations are looking to streamline their data storage infrastructure so that it can respond to emerging business requirements.”

This dramatically increases ease of management, agility and scalability, which enables organizations to get more from storage while cutting CAPEX and OPEX. At the same time, organizations can slash hardware costs by deploying their new storage solutions on existing and standard hardware, selecting the hardware that best serves the needs of the business.

The breaking point

What makes OpenSDS such a critical first step?

“Storage is at a breaking point,” says Simon Robinson Storage VP, 451 Research. “Most organizations have an ‘accidental architecture’ of storage solutions that were put in place to meet specific needs, but the result is a costly, complex and unsalable hodgepodge of systems that consumes management time and can’t support changes in the business environment. IT organizations are looking to streamline their data storage infrastructure so that it can respond to emerging business requirements.”