A key benefit of software-defined storage is, of course, protecting an organization's core data by not piling it into one physical location but spreading it across several places. If disaster does strike, company data can be accessed remotely and seamlessly through the internet. However, there are other benefits as well.
According to a 2020 survey of 530 IT decision-makers in businesses across North America and Europe by IT community site Spiceworks, among emerging virtualization technologies, the most common is storage virtualization, with a 40% adoption rate. The research finds that more than 50% of businesses plan to use the technology and application virtualization by 2021. The reasons most cited for potential adoption are:
- More flexibility with storage infrastructure (47%).
- Improved manageability of storage (46%).
- Improved storage performance (45%).
Software-defined storage can help the administrator perform backup tasks, archiving and recovery more easily and efficiently by doing it automatically and disguising the complexity of the storage network area, presenting it as one. It can minimize operating costs by reducing how many in-house servers are needed. This, in turn, means fewer people to look after and servers to manage.
It also offers flexibility. Under such a data storage and recovery system, information that is particularly valuable or frequently accessed can be stored in high-performance storage, while less frequently accessed data can be kept in less expensive storage. Furthermore, thanks to the cloud, transitioning from working in the office to working from home is seamless, and there are no limitations on data access. Collaboration can continue even if colleagues are not face-to-face. Additionally, a virtual storage system reduces the potential for data to get stuck in silos and not be easily shared.
Software-defined storage also offers scalability. New capacity can be added rapidly as business needs change. Furthermore, because virtualization is continually operating in the background, it can also reduce downtime during migration processes.