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Contributed article by Momchil Michailov, Co-Founder and CEO, Sanbolic, Inc.
2013 – The Year of Software-Defined Data Management
Data center architecture has
been evolving rapidly as enterprise compute resources have moved from physical
machines to virtualized on-premise machines to hybrid environments which
incorporate cloud-based resources. VMware pioneered server virtualization in
the enterprise and now describes a vision of the software-defined data center
in which compute, network and storage resources are all abstracted from the
physical hardware on which they run. Although VMware's acquisition of
Nicira is a step toward this goal, network and storage resources still
tend to be tethered to proprietary hardware.
Application data is the reason
the data center exists. Acquiring, analyzing, distributing, and protecting
application data is the core function of almost every IT organization. As
compute resources in private and public cloud data centers become more
abstracted and flexible, keeping data in hardware-defined silos becomes a more
visible obstacle to efficiently managing distributed workloads. Increasingly
this data is distributed across a range of heterogeneous storage hardware
platforms and geographic locations. Traditional SAN architectures are being
supplemented by DAS-based cloud storage and server-side PCIe flash. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to manage
data across these silos in a cohesive fashion while ensuring consistent
delivery of SLAs , uniform data protection and data accessibility across servers and
sites for application scale-out, availability (HA), and disaster recovery (DR).
2013 will mark the year in
which the IT world recognizes the need for a software-defined data management
platform that abstracts data from the hardware on which it resides, thereby enabling the creation of a highly
scalable logical resource that can be centrally (and automatically) provisioned
and managed. Such a platform will also have to offer core storage management
features such as QoS, distributed data protection, shared access for
availability and scale out, and support for geographically distributed
In 2013, the IT world will
further recognize that a software-defined data management platform is the only way to truly achieve the vision of a
software-defined data center that can flexibly deploy highly available
applications on shared hardware resources, migrate them across locations, scale
up and down in response to demand, and ensure the consistent delivery of SLAs.
And once this vision is achieved, the IT world will settle for nothing less
than a software-defined data center that allows them to efficiently consolidate,
protect and manage their physical, virtual and cloud-based workloads in order
to enjoy a more agile and scalable shared cluster of business-critical
applications across their public and private clouds.
Momchil "Memo" Michailov has
served as CEO of Sanbolic
since co-founding the company in 2000. Prior to Sanbolic, Michailov was a
co-founder and CEO of the hugely successful Number One GM, Inc. where he
oversaw the company from a SAN hardware distribution start-up to a leader in
the broadcast workgroup software space (acquired by Autodesk in 1999).
Michailov boasts over 15 years of server, storage and cloud specific expertise
and interestingly, also has a background in technology and film production,
with degrees from the National Academy of Film and Art in Sofia, and the
Bulgarian Economic Institute.