Software-defined storage (SDS) is reshaping the storage industry. According to Gartner, by 2024 fully half of global storage capacity will be deployed as SDS. The premise for SDS is simple: by abstracting, or de-coupling, software from the underlying hardware, enterprises can unify storage management and services across diverse assets throughout their hybrid environment. What does this mean in practical terms? What are the IT benefits and use cases that are leading organizations to make this shift? Most importantly — should you be moving in this direction as well? In this white paper, we’ll look at the rise of SDS and what it means to you.