Congrats to Ansible! Within the last month, Ansible turned 5 years old, but that didn’t stop them from being recognized as the 2016 Open Source Rookie of the Year for their new open source project around containers.
If you have been thinking that software-defined storage (SDS) can only be used in an OpenStack environment, think again. Storage for OpenStack only represents a tiny fraction of the multi-billion dollar enterprise and cloud storage market. Just about any industry, government, defense, satellite imagery, medical imagery, media and more has incredibly large storage needs that are growing exponentially every year.
Before the arrival of SDS, the only choice organizations had was to invest in expensive storage appliances, and to keep investing in more and more of them whenever they needed to accommodate exploding data storage needs.