Storage vendor Scality is enjoying a seemingly easy ride as it leverages continued and increasing awareness about software-defined storage (SDS). The idea of SDS is pretty simple. Much as server virtualization allows physical hardware to be abstracted away from the actual provision of compute, SDS layers a fabric on top of various storage assets to create a pool of resources that can be programmatically utilized.
This is the tech world, however, and hence there isn’t agreement on the best way to deliver SDS. One way vendors are following is a converged approach that ties together specific hardware with software sitting on top of it. The second is the disaggregated model followed by Scality. This model is grounded completely in software laying a third-party fabric on top of general storage assets.