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SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With much industry attention on “software-defined” infrastructures, organizations considering software-defined storage are faced with multiple approaches to using software to pool, aggregate, manage and share storage resources while providing high levels of data integrity, availability and scalability.

A software-defined environment leverages software, executing on industry-standard servers to pool and abstract hardware resources, thereby providing high levels of automation, flexibility and efficiency. It also enables convergence of compute and storage on the same set of standard servers.

Maxta, a developer of the VM-centric storage platform MxSP™ that turns standard servers into a converged compute and storage solution for virtualized environments, offers the following five tips for evaluating software-defined storage:

1. Does Software-Defined Storage work?

Yes. Convergence of compute and storage and software-defined storage have been field-proven in leading companies – Facebook, Amazon, and Google, to name just a few. Yet, in many cases, software-defined storage was developed for specific workloads, mostly Big Data rather than for general enterprise workloads. With the rise in virtual infrastructures in environments of all sizes and the fact that server virtualization provides a natural platform for convergence, it’s clear that the combination of server virtualization and software-defined storage is the direction for enterprise workloads.

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