– Stefan Bernbo, CEO and founder of Compuverde, says:

As the demand for virtual data storage is rapidly growing, service providers are quickly realizing that software-defined storage is becoming a necessity and not an option.  Flash memory leader Fusion-io recently acquired software-defined storage


pioneer ID7, citing the significant data storage efficiency and performance benefits a software-defined storage approach delivers.
Service providers and telcos are seeking ways to scale rapidly and efficiently, while simultaneously reducing costs and downtime.  The acquisition of ID7 by Fusion-io is a clear indicator that service providers aren’t closing their eyes to the idea of switching from appliance infrastructure to software-defined storage options that allow them to choose less expensive, more energy-efficient hardware.  
“Software-defined storage is the future of the data center,” said Stefan Bernbo, CEO and founder of Compuverde. “Major enterprises, service providers and telcos are seeking ways to accommodate a tidal wave of storage demands, and Fusion-io’s acquisition of ID7 signals that the market is shifting to anticipate these trends by adopting the flexibility, efficiency and cost savings that software-defined solutions can offer.”
This trend illustrates the growing dominance of software over hardware as the driver of performance in the data storage market.  Fusion-io, along with other storage solution providers, like Compuverde, will continue to push the software-defined storage market with the goal of providing cost-effective, energy efficient, storage options.
As virtual machines become more popular, software-defined storage becomes an ideal method for scaling storage capacity and performance because it can be easily altered and improved upon in keeping up with user needs.
It’s clear that the challenges facing data centers will continue to grow.  To keep up with these challenges, significant breakthroughs in modern storage architecture will need to take place.  Utilizing software-defined storage will be the key to delivering peak performance and efficiency for data centers in the future.   Those making the shift now to software-defined architecture will find the transition much more pleasant.