“You’re likely to get push back from your existing storage team, but most of it will be based on zealotry and bias rather than any real understanding,” explained Andrew Hatfield, cloud storage and big data practice lead for open source software provider Red Hat. “You can’t really blame them; they’ve built their entire career around one or two vendors, and now, the world is changing.”
To stifle opposition, Hatfield suggested starting small by selecting a problem that software-defined storage architecture will easily solve and using an existing x86 Intel server vendor to achieve a small initial success.
“Disrupt from the edge, and slowly work your way in,” Hatfield said. “Don’t try and change the world overnight.”
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