Techopedia defines software defined anything (SDx) as a fundamentally connective tool that supports evolving network topologies. It can also be thought of as an extension of the bring your own device (BYOD) movement, which opened the control of network data from conventional workstations to portable smartphones and tablets. A SDx approach could further open up that field to different types of portable or versatile devices.
Techopedia further explains that some experts link the emergence of a software defined anything approach to the Internet of Things (IoT), an emerging philosophy of linking more types of devices and assets to a global IP network. Generally, this supports the most basic definition of SDx as a future system, where one set of software rules over numerous connected machines while directing many different types of user activity.
According to Gartner, by 2019, 50 percent of existing storage array products will also be available as “software only” versions, up from 15 percent today. And approximately 30 percent of the global storage array capacity installed in enterprise data centers will be deployed with software defined storage or hyper converged integrated system architectures based on x86 hardware systems, up from less than 5 percent today.
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