One of the many valuable sessions at Microsoft Ignite last week focused on the private cloud with Microsoft SDS (Microsoft Azure Stack). Microsoft’s Group PM Manager, Siddhartha Roy, defined it as how we put software intelligence that delivers feature-rich cloud scale storage and economics on industry-standard volume hardware. Depending on its interpretation, SDS can mean different things to different people.
In an IT Innovators article, Cheryl Ajluni provides expert analysis of the session, called Platform Vision & Strategy: Storage Overview. While all of the Ignite sessions were meaningful to certain audiences, this one resonates widely because of the growing amount of data that pretty much every company is dealing with today.
Indeed, there was an embarrassment of session riches at Ignite. Microsoft experts, IT pros, partners, MVPs and more shared their insight and knowledge with those at the conference. Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t get to the conference, Microsoft has made the sessions available via streaming video. It can be tough to decide where to dive in, though, which is why I appreciate analysis like Ajluni's.
The session, according to Ajluni, was a study in contrasts: “What you couldn’t do yesterday that you can do today with Software-Defined Storage (SDS)," she said. "It also provided information on where the SDS journey will take you in the future and, of course, there was a hefty dose of demos to bring those words to life.”
In her post, Ajluni explains SDS in a big-picture way, providing context for what was discussed during the session and enabling readers to apply the content to their own specific storage needs. Ajluni’s full post is here, and the session itself can be streamed from here.