Anytime a new concept enters the marketplace, the inevitable Definition Wars begin.
When it comes to one of my personal hot topics (software-defined storage), I do try to patient, but I fail. I despair as I encounter many of the flaccid definitions currently in vogue.
Maybe my standards are too high?
Making matters more irritating is the seemingly endless army of chirpy storage marketing types looking to slap a fresh label on familiar products and technologies — inserting even more noise into an already weak signal.
In this post, I’m going to resist the temptation to assert a black-and-white definition, and disclaim all others. The reality is that software-defined storage is a cluster of related concepts: some fundamental, others more optional depending on requirements.
Depending on your situation, good enough may be good enough.
As I walk through the list here, I’d encourage the motivated reader to assemble their own personal list of attributes he/she considers important in their emerging environment.