Software-defined storage can mean something completely different, depending on who (or better which vendor) you ask. For us at Quobyte it’s simple. To get all the benefits of software for your storage, you need real software storage: An entire storage system in software that runs on standard off-the-shelf servers. Only when you break the reliance on custom storage appliances you do get the freedom of software storage.
Benefit #1: Quobyte's real software storage can be deployed anywhere
Where and how you run your IT changes over time depending on business needs. Real software storage can be deployed anywhere: On your own servers on-prem, on your own or someone else’s server hardware in colo, on the public clouds, “the edge” or a hybrid mix of the models.
With Quobyte, you can run the same software you know how to install and manage in all locations. Your users and applications won’t notice the difference because they get the same storage and scale-out performance, regardless of where they run.
When business needs change, you can easily move Quobyte’s software-defined storage to the cloud or run multiple clusters in a hybrid cloud and on-prem mix.
Benefit #2: Real software-storage runs on any server hardware
Benefit #3: Quobyte is easy to install so you get results in minutes
A huge advantage of software is that you can download and install it whenever you need it. No need to wait for appliances to be shipped and racked and stacked.
That’s why we have a focus on simplicity to make sure you can download and install Quobyte yourself in minutes. With our free edition, you can actually test our claim, on as many servers as you like. Simplicity doesn’t stop after the installation, it is the key to running large-scale clusters in the 100s of petabytes.
Since you can install Quobyte on almost any server or the public cloud – e.g. one-click deploy on Google cloud – you can start right now.
Benefit #4: Enterprise Storage with Flexibility
Real software storage can turn any server into a storage system – you could say “the software defines the role of the server”. So when you urgently need more performance or storage capacity, you can repurpose existing hardware for storage in minutes.
When you run on the cloud you can add bare metal machines or VMs in seconds to increase performance and capacity. In a hybrid cloud setup, you can spin up a temporary Quobyte cluster in the cloud – fully automated – and automatically transfer data from the on-prem cluster.
Quobyte also gives you the flexibility to scale down a cluster when capacity or performance needs decrease, without any downtime or interruptions.