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The Need for Software-Defined Data Management Platform

Sanbolic’s Melio software has evolved into that comprehensive data management platform

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 they run on. 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 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 across geographic location. Traditional SAN architectures are being supplemented by DAS-based cloud storage and server-side PCIe flash. It can be difficult to manage data across these silos in a consistent way while ensuring that SLAs are delivered on, that data is protected, and that data is accessible across servers and sites for application scale out, availability, and disaster recovery.

There is a need for a software-defined data management platform, that abstracts data from the hardware it is running on, and creates a very scalable logical resource that can be centrally managed, automated, and includes core storage management features such as QoS management, distributed data protection, shared access for availability and scale out, and support for geographically distributed application deployment. This is a key enabler of delivering on the vision of the software-defined data center which can flexibly deploy highly available applications on shared hardware resources, migrate them across locations, scale up and down in response to demand, and ensure that SLAs are delivered on.

Sanbolic’s Melio software has evolved into that comprehensive data management platform during a decade of development. Melio consolidates, protects and manages physical, virtual and cloud workloads, enabling a more agile, efficient and scalable shared cluster of business critical applications in private and public cloud.

In short the software-defined data platform already exists and is deployed at more than 750 enterprise customers. We are very excited to shortly bring Melio into IaaS providers such as RackSpace and Amazon. Let us know when you want to give it a try.

More Stories By Momchil Michailov

Momchil Michailov is CEO and Co-Founder of Sanbolic. He has served as CEO since 2000. Prior to founding Sanbolic, Momchil was a co founder and CEO of 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. The company was acquired by Autodesk in 1999. Mr.Michailov brings over 15 years of storage expertise and has a background in technology and media production.

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