Software defined storage

Software defined storage (SDS)  

The flexible solution for your IT environments

The mountains of data are constantly growing – but in most cases the IT budget isn’t. That is why an increasing number of companies are turning to software defined storage (SDS) and hyper-converged systems. These allow for scalable, high-performance and highly available solutions using affordable hardware.

Webinar recording: Software Defined Storage for SMEs – Storage Efficiency on the Level of Google, Amazon and Co.


Topics covered:
  • What is software defined storage?
  • SUSE Enterprise Storage – the open source storage solution powered by Ceph
  • Features and functions
  • What operational purposes does SUSE Enterprise Storage fulfill?
  • Performance and fail-safe reliability
  • Benefits of SUSE Enterprise Storage as an appliance from Thomas-Krenn


Hardware and software as separate instances thanks to SDS  

Although nearly every manufacturer has its own definition of software defined storage, there is an overarching principle: SDS separates storage management services from the hardware, which means that expensive, highly specialized storage arrays can be replaced with standard hardware. 

Generally, software defined storage involves storage virtualization. Every available storage hardware is allocated to a storage pool. This applies equally to internal hard drives (direct-attached storage, DAS) or storage area networks (SAN).

More performance, unbeatable scalability and lower costs are made possible thanks to this innovative technology. Software-based storage allows you to react quickly to varying capacity and performance needs and is therefore ideal for users that require high levels of versatility. Modern methods, such as erasure coding, provide utmost data security with comparatively higher utilizations of the drives’ gross capacities while reducing the complexity of the hardware – for instance by eliminating the need for RAID controllers.

Thomas-Krenn – your partner for software defined storage

Software defined storage and hyper-converged systems can be realized with standard server hardware, but the coordination and selection of the right components, such as SSDs, HDDs, controllers, network interfaces and switches, is essential for success. Proven know-how in servers and a thorough knowledge of software defined storage are crucial when choosing a hardware manufacturer. Thomas-Krenn has gained comprehensive experience through its internal use of SDS as well as from numerous customer projects and is therefore your ideal hardware partner for SDS projects.  

We have a wide range of SDS systems and work with renowned suppliers like VMware, Nexenta and SUSE to provide the best solutions for your IT infrastructure. Entering the world of software defined storage is possible for any IT department with our VMware Virtual SAN (vSAN) Appliance or the SUSE Enterprise Storage Appliance based on Ceph.

If you value high-quality hardware that is optimally adapted and thoroughly tested for use as software defined storage or hyper-converged systems, our systems are perfect for you. 

Start enjoying a more versatile, cost-effective and efficient future with our appliances today!