Want to Avoid Vendor Lock-In? Software-Defined Storage Could Be the Answer

Want to Avoid Vendor Lock-In? Software-Defined Storage Could Be the Answer

Published By: Computing, 11/28/2016

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Summary

At a Computing IT Leaders Forum, panelists discussed the potential of software-defined storage (SDS) to help companies avoid vendor lock-in and allow more flexibility in planning — an issue given how quickly data storage technology changes. The article also mentions how SDS provides an alternative to cloud storage, as the latter raises concerns about data security.

Extended Discussion Questions

  • The article suggests that software-defined storage could make it easier for companies or organizations to transition to a different storage solution. As an example, can you think of some issues that might arise for the Salvation Army when massive amounts of data have to be transferred?
  • The Salvation Army IT manager quoted in the article says using cloud storage raises questions like “Is the data encrypted?” and “Where is the data stored?” Why would he be concerned about these questions? Who might be impacted by the answers?
  • If you were the IT manager for the Be Less Sick Health Center, what questions would you consider in deciding whether to store patient data using cloud storage vs. an on-site solution like SDS?

Relating This Story to the CSP Curriculum Framework

Global Impact Essential Knowledge:

  • EK 7.3.1G Privacy and security concerns arise in the development and use of computational systems and artifacts.

Other CSP Big Ideas:

  • Idea 3 Data and Information

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