Cloud- vs. software defined storage and hyperconverged infrastracture
With different forms and structures of data storage, it is sometimes difficult to no longer see the forest for the trees. Read below the differences between software defined storage, a hyperconverged infrastructure and cloud storage.
What is software defined storage?
Software defined storage (SDS) is a software solution that is purchased without hardware. The physical hardware is separated from software, making this storage flexible to use and manage. This allows one software solution to combine multiple storage solutions from hardware suppliers, such as SANs and NASs.
SDS vs. cloud storage
An SDS is similar to cloud storage, but it is not. Cloud storage is a virtual storage that can be reached through a self-service portal. SDS is only the layer that transfers data to the cloud and that works within a cloud environment to connect storage together. On the other hand, SDS does have storage options, such as access via a network and management and automation software. This makes SDS almost in the same family as cloud storage.
What is hyperconverged infrastructure?
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is an SDS solution that combines storage, computing power, virtualization and sometimes network technologies in one physical unit. Such as an x-86 based, or similar, server. This makes HCI a kind of superset of SDS, which offers network and computing power options in addition to SDS.
HCI vs. cloud storage
The cloud makes local storage and computing power superfluous. Running programs and sharing data is all about the internet. This reduces the costs of building an expensive IT infrastructure. The cloud makes it possible to purchase only the resources that are needed. An HCI supports the cloud with a simple and productive environment that allows you to set up your database in the cloud.