There is broad industry agreement that software-defined storage (SDS) represents an important, promising next step toward helping organizations address the myriad storage and data challenges they face today.1
It is ironic that software-defined storage lacks an agreed-upon definition. Typically, though, after IT professionals start delving into what SDS can do for their own organizations, it becomes hard to find anyone who is not intrigued. Naturally, the degree of interest, the expected deployment approaches, and the extent of the benefits anticipated do vary. But a consensus exists that value is to be had from this new approach.