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May 2017, Vol. 6, No. 5

Storage technologies evolve toward a data-processing platform

With the rise of software-defined storage, in which storage services are implemented as a software layer, the whole idea of data storage is being reimagined. And with the resulting increase in the convergence of compute with storage, the difference between a storage platform and a data-processing platform is further eroding. Storage takes new forms Let's look at a few of the ways that storage is driving into new territory: Now in containers! Almost all new storage operating systems, at least under the hood, are being written as containerized applications. In fact, we've heard rumors that some traditional storage systems are being converted to containerized form. This has a couple of important implications, including the ability to better handle massive scale-out, increased availability, cloud-deployment friendliness and easier support for converging computation within the storage. Merged and converged. Hyper-convergence bakes software-defined storage into convenient, modular appliance units of infrastructure. Hyper-converged ...

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