SDS in a Snap interview series with RedHat

Damien Wong, Vice President & General Manager, ASEAN, RedHat

Data&StorageAsean: Why are traditional hardware storage vendors seeing revenues decline? Is Software Defined Storage (SDS) in part responsible for this?

Damien: Businesses today are opting for Software Defined Storage (SDS) as oppose to hardware storage due to the exponential growth in data and the challenges that comes with it. IDC expects data worldwide to reach 40,000 exabytes by 2020. Majority of enterprises are unprepared to manage all this data, much less extract value from it. But not doing so can mean losing business. The pressure is rising within IT departments as they need to find solutions that are scalable, cost-effective and able to cater to the needed capacity. Aside from this, the need to access data anytime, anywhere on any device requires unprecedented agility. On top of it, modern services also require the flexibility to store data on premise or in the cloud. 
Data&StorageAsean: Does moving to SDS storage mean throwing away existing storage hardware investment?

Damien: The long term view might allow for the use of a variety of storage hardware for specific use cases. Based on the skills and time available, IT can select a turnkey SDS solution or simply access the software and implement it on their hardware. Either way, the benefit is that SDS enables the use of all these systems simultaneously from a single interface.
Data&StorageAsean: Is SDS already being over taken by cloud storage?

Damien: SDS has an unparalleled efficiency and flexibility which answers the need of IT departments today. Its ability to reduce costs and lessen demands on the other hand resonates with the overall objective of businesses. While SDS hasn’t over taken cloud storage, it currently accounts for less than 1% of the data storage market. It is expected to generate a 34.9% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) that is estimated to reach $6.2 billion by 2019.
Data&StorageAsean: What are the key drivers that will drive people to implement SDS?

Damien: Businesses are considering SDS due to the fact that it’s able to prolong the life of existing storage assets and future-proof the storage infrastructure, ensuring it’s able to easily deploy new technology solutions. SDS is also seen to simplify management of different classes by automating frequent or complex storage operations.
Data&StorageAsean: What is unique about your own SDS offering?

Damien: Businesses are looking for storage that is easily accessible – something that can scale as and when required. It also needs to have an infrastructure that is reliable, secure, and cost-efficient. Red Hat brings together a unified open software-defined storage portfolio that brings together Red Hat Ceph Storage, formerly known as Inktank Ceph Enterprise, and Red Hat Gluster Storage, formerly known as Red Hat Storage Server. This unified Red Hat Storage portfolio helps enterprises manage their current and emerging data storage workloads using open source software and standard hardware. Red Hat’s Storage portfolio stands out from the rest as it is storage hardware independent. This allows enterprises to take advantage of the true value of Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) which is the ability to abstract the capabilities into the software layer rather than have it tied to specific hardware brands or models. Such an offering gives enterprise customers the confidence that their storage workloads are optimized for open, software-defined storage.

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