X-IO and Hardware Defined Storage

Good post by Justin Warren (thank you)

In a world that’s gone software-defined mad, X-IO Storage are a refreshingly honest company seemingly devoid of hype. They make storage hardware, and specialised hardware at that.

For the software-defined cheer-squad, this might sound like madness, but it’s not.

First of all, software has to run on something, and that something is called hardware. Many companies laud themselves on being made up of commodity components, but just throwing a bunch of commodity components in a box doesn’t make it a commodity. If it were, there would be no such thing as a hardware compatibility list. Check to see if your favourite so-called software defined vendor has an HCL. Just how software defined is it, really?

Read on here

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