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June 2017, Vol. 16, No. 4

The age of data center convergence gives storage a boost

The question is not if, but when IT pros and decision-makers must rethink their data storage environments and the benefits they can expect from them. That's because the storage world is undergoing a seismic shift away from hardware-centric products to those driven almost completely by software and commodity hardware. The goal of the emerging platforms is to replace complex storage systems with simpler and more-agile approaches. Learn how your organization can thrive in this new world order of fluid, agile and software-defined storage and data centers. From whence we came Regardless of how many times we're told to "adapt or die," human nature dictates that we avoid change because it's uncomfortable. And regardless of how frustrating our legacy storage systems are, over the years, we've learned how to manage and deal with their many nuances, including the following: Cost. Traditional storage has often been one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive, resources in the data center. But changing budget dynamics are forcing ...

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