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Emerging Technology Analysis: Software-Defined Storage Could Herald a Storage Architecture Evolution

Published: 30 August 2013

ID: G00255142

Analyst(s): Stanley Zaffos, Arun Chandrasekaran , Jie Zhang, Sid Deshpande


SDS is defined very differently by various vendors. This document provides advice on how technology and service providers can effectively separate hype from reality, and deliver value to storage buyers.

Table Of Contents


  • Technology Description
    • What Is SDS?
    • FAQs About SDS
  • Technology Adoption
    • Vendors Staking a Claim to the Term SDS
    • Factors That Will Drive Adoption
    • Factors That Will Inhibit Adoption
  • Technology Impact
    • Actions for the Next Six to 18 Months
  • References

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