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Cost-effective, scalable, agile, less complex — software-defined storage (SDS) is the next evolution in the traditional data center model. If your enterprise is ready to make the move to SDS and build an IT platform that’s ready for the future, keep these items in mind as you shop for an SDS solution.*

1. Workload-appropriate configurations

Software-defined workloads are often compute — and storage — heavy. Consider software that includes policy-based tiering and hardware that includes both flash and high-capacity disk tiers.

2. Multiple hypervisor support

SDS systems should support your current hypervisor(s) and be flexible enough to support new ones. A platform based on open standards will help you adapt to more diverse environments.

3. Application-optimized engineered solutions

Seek software-defined storage partners that offer turnkey solutions for common use cases, like VDI. These pre-configured solutions can lower deployment time and costs. For example, the Dell XC Series, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, can reduce your cost per desktop up to 27%.**

4. End-to-end storage monitoring and management

SDS projects are often started out of a need to simplify and automate an overly complex environment. Insist on integrated management solutions that allow you to monitor server, storage and networking components.

5. Global service and support

You may be decoupling hardware and software, but you don’t want that to complicate support. Look for providers that will serve as a single point of contact for the complete solution — not just the hardware or software.

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* Source: January 2015 Enterprise Strategy Group article “Software-defined Storage: Simplifying IT Operations” by Mark Bower. 
** Source: Dell and Nutanix Introduce a Converged VDI Application Appliance,” David Floyer, November 17, 2014.
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