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Our 5 favorite January articles on cloud and software-defined storage

by Avinash Lakshman on February 5, 2016

The software-defined storage (SDS) world is booming and every month I read about new industry developments—sometimes it’s hard to keep up. In the spirit of sharing new learnings and keeping the dialogue going, we will be publishing a monthly post that highlights what we think are the most interesting articles about SDS.

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Here’s what caught our attention in January:

  • Baseline Magazine: The Growing Demand for Software-Defined Everything
    Why we liked it: The article highlights how David Giambruno of Tribune Media has deployed an SDDC. It’s one of the few case studies that ties SDDC directly to business value, measured by improving project completions.
    Hedvig’s take: It’s great to see more and more IT organizations choosing software-defined solutions for their data center. If we’ve learned anything from the Internet goliaths, it’s that the traditional approach to data centers will cripple enterprises. The need to improve efficiency and lower costs drives fundamental innovation.
  • ComputerWeekly: Cloud host dumps hybrid for all-flash software-defined storage
    Why we liked it: It’s a great article grounded with a case study. This piece debunks the fact that “hybrid” or “all-flash” means you have to buy an expensive, traditional array. SDS is flexible enough that you can power it on commodity servers packed with flash.
    Hedvig’s take: This is an interesting story about a radical rip and replace data center decision. Great example of not wanting to be hemmed in by proprietary hardware and choosing to go a different way. It highlights that the value of SDS is in it’s flexibility, and ultimately that drives the cost savings.
  • eWeek: 451 Research Projects Cloud Storage Market to Double by 2017
    Why we liked it: Another data-driven article, this one focus on overall storage spends and trends. We’re a big fan of the stat that 70% of respondents expecting to increase their storage spending over the next 12 months, compared with 2015.
    Hedvig’s take: We were a bit surprised to see how bullish 451 Research is on cloud spending. We see some companies moving away from pure public cloud to a hybrid strategy, with some data on premises and older, colder data in the cloud. If this is “cloud spending,” then we agree. However, the data on backup and disaster recovery was spot on -- cited as the top storage objectives for 2016 in many companies. Makes sense, too. As companies learn to mine data and drive better business decisions, that data raises in value. Protecting this critical business asset becomes top priority.
  • Network World: Why OpenStack needs to be easier to adopt
    Why we liked it: This article is chock full of insights and stats on OpenStack adoption. For instance, it cites that 81% of IT professionals stated that they are making the move to OpenStack private clouds, broken down as 15% already moved to OpenStack private cloud, and 66% plan to at some stage.
    Hedvig’s take: At Hedvig, we’re often asked about OpenStack. We think it’s a promising cloud orchestration stack that is evolving as companies continue to invest in technology, resources, and production deployments. With many big names signing on to this open source project, we’re excited to see where it goes in the near future.
  • The Wall Street Journal: The Morning Download: Cloud, Once an Adjunct to Data Center, Now Drives Corporate IT (requires subscription)
    What we liked: More case studies! Sensing a theme? We like article that provide real-world examples and survey data.
    Hedvig’s take: Large companies like Netflix and General Electric are reducing their data centers and moving to the cloud. As more enterprises take the leap, storage solutions will need to support what we term “implicitly hybrid.” It means SDS enables companies to actually accelerate the move to cloud, by giving data the flexibility needed to match the mobility that cloud computing promises. You can read a post we did on 4 reference architectures for hybrid cloud.

I’m an avid reader, but I’m likely to have missed some of the top stories. What were your favorite storage and cloud articles from January? Leave us a comment below or click the tweet us button to share your favorite article on Twitter.

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Avinash Lakshman

Avinash Lakshman

Avinash Lakshman is the CEO & Founder of Hedvig. Before starting Hedvig, Avinash built two large distributed systems: Amazon Dynamo and Apache Cassandra. As the pioneer of NoSQL systems, Avinash is passionate about using distributed systems to disrupt a storage space that hasn't seen any real innovation over the last decade.
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