* Posts by EvanPowellNexenta

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The future of storage


Software defined?

What Jean-Luc Chatelaine says is interesting from a hardware perspective but it also reinforces our belief that the days of special purpose hardware are gone. Everything has to be software defined. Even in his scenario, the storage will need to be able to determine which combination of tier one or tier zero and slow disks is correct for each use case and how to configure them.

Nexenta agrees with Steve Herrod, chief technical officer at VMware, when he talks of storage being "virtualised into a software service that can be fully automated and deployed as needed."

None of us want a world where individual silos of very specialised hardware are used to treat single purpose applications. To quote Herrod again: "You want to think about your data centre as an entire pool of resources that can be safely and efficiently assigned to any sort of application including those that exist today."