All those zettabytes of ones and zeros need to live somewhere. If they are to be of any value, they must be stored, protected and managed. The more information we produce, consume — and depend on — the more storage matters.
At the same time, it appears that software is eating our world: extending the power of human intellect in ways that continually surprise us — now often powered by the avalanche of information we are creating about ourselves and the world around us.
In particular, software is transforming how we think about data centers: the technologies and operating principles that enable us to produce, consume and act on information quickly and efficiently.
Software is inevitably changing core data center technologies — compute, network and storage — both individually and how they work together.
I believe this is what makes software-defined storage an interesting and relevant question for IT architects: how can we use software to become far better at storing, protecting and managing information?
These people are thinking about the future, and what it might bring.