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Decision Point for Deploying Software-Defined Storage

Published: 27 September 2016

ID: G00299616

Analyst(s): Angelina Troy


Multiple models exist to deploy software-defined storage, even for the same product. Often, the question is whether or not to deploy hyperconverged integrated systems that leverage SDS. This document provides a framework to assist IT architects in choosing among SDS architectural models.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

  • Using the Decision Tool

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Principles
    • Simplicity vs. Flexibility
    • Technology Maturity and Vendor Risk
  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Agility
    • Cost
    • Performance
    • Scalability
    • Data Migration


  • Storage-Only Deployment
    • Primary Strength
    • Primary Weakness
  • Hyperconverged Integrated System Deployment
    • Primary Strength
    • Primary Weakness
  • Combination Deployment
    • Primary Strength
    • Primary Weakness

Future Developments

  • Integration With Management SDS

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