SDS: Data Plane versus Control Plane


Excitement over software-defined storage (SDS) technology has created an interesting side effect; the term has been used so often and for such a wide variety of solutions that this enthusiasm has also led to confusion. Currently, the term SDS can refer to a myriad of different product types, each with its own set of benefits and considerations. While some storage vendors and industry experts have tried to define what SDS is, or more often what it isn’t, the fact is that many of the solutions leveraging the SDS qualifier offer value, albeit in different ways. This brief offers a primer for how to think about SDS and evaluate the various solutions.

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Topics: Storage