If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know my story: I’m a storage geek at heart, I work for VMware, and I think the next big phase of this industry is software-defined storage.
While I’ve written more than a few posts on the topic, I think I haven’t done justice to an important (yet complex!) set of concepts that promise to forever change the way we store, protect and manage information.
As far as I can tell, there’s a noticeable void.
I have yet to find a suitably weighty or thorough discussion on software-defined storage that satisfies. I never complain without proposing a solution: my goal is to to create a series of discussions that goes much deeper than what I’ve seen out there. My hope is that you will find it suitably satisfying.
As I work through the outline, it’s clear I’ll be speaking to those of an architectural bent: enterprise architects, cloud architects, and the like. These are the people who weigh the impact of big technology ideas, and find ways to pragmatically introduce the best of them into their environments.
My purpose is not only to share and educate, but also to discuss and debate — as peers and colleagues.
My game plan is simple: begin with motivations and rationales, move through a handful of key concepts, recap how SDS changes architectural thinking, examine how familiar processes are changed and improved, acknowledge the many obstacles and limitations, and — finally — suggest ways forward for those willing to move ahead.
The usual disclaimer: I am an employee of VMware, and spent a long time at EMC. Content that appears here is neither reviewed nor approved by VMware — although I’ve been collaborating with my colleagues on this.
Despite my best efforts, I will not be able to completely overcome these inherent biases. Then again, I can’t imagine a better set of experiences to discuss the topic at hand :)
For those of you not interested in this particular topic, my apologies in advance. I’ll do my best not to bore you.
When I am done, there will be a considerable amount of content that’s hopefully relevant in other forms. Who knows? Maybe it’ll be turned into a book.
If it does, I’ve got a catchy title picked out: Software-Defined Storage For Smarties
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