Caution never went out of style. Software-Defined Storage is becoming mainstream, but does it bring benefits to the workloads you support? Identify the fundamental considerations that apply when choosing a storage system, and see what is suitable for your applications and data.

T oday’s software defined world brings opportunities (and challenges with them) for you to manage your data faster, cheaper and easier. In our ever changing world, while it is important to be aware of these new technologies, we must not forget the fundamentals of data.

Technology changes, Fundamentals don’t.

When we talk to IT managers, many of them say that one of their biggest pain points is not anything related to their data, but the question of which technology to bet on. Reliable, established but old traditional storage? Or flexible, faster, better… but new software defined; Or maybe both. Every vendor they talk to gives the customer their point of view (PoV), facts that are suited to selling, and not necessarily solving a problem.

It’s not the data that matters, but the applications you run and how they use data..

Sales Pitches change, Fundamentals don’t.

Rather than talking about Lenovo’s offerings, this article will discuss a framework for classifying data based on what we’ve learnt while dealing with multiple partners, in both the traditional and software defined world. We hope to assist you, the reader, in giving a perspective of how the world of storage stands today (and maybe for the next 6 months) and help you navigate to a decision that best suits you, instead of any particular vendor.

The Data Framework

Most companies run a myriad of applications, and each use data in different ways. It’s not the data that matters, but how you use it that does.

At the outset, make a list of all the different applications that you run in your company. Yes, not data, but applications.

Then segregate the applications into 2 categories – one that scales with the compute (like databases, web or application servers), and the other that scales independently (like CCTV images, or backups).

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KASHISH KARNICK - PRODUCT MANAGER STORAGE AND SOFTWARE DEFINED, LENOVO ASIA PACIFIC
Kashish Karnick
Product Manager Storage and Software Defined, Lenovo Asia Pacific

New technologies creep up everyday, creating opportunities for new innovative solutions that can truly add value. But the complexity of technology is a road block to this value, and Kashish loves being able to simplify this – everyday.