Today’s storage administrator is at the epicenter of a dramatic shift in the way enterprises manage data - driven by a dramatic increase in data volumes, a wave of new content-hungry applications, and the increasing adoption of cloud computing. These fundamental changes have reshaped deployment requirements for both servers and storage. Any of these changes, taken in isolation, would be enough to keep the sharpest storage administra- tor up at night. And together, they threaten to leave behind unprepared admins and enterprises. To keep up, savvy admins are guiding their enterprises toward new, software-defined storage platforms that simplify and unify storage capacity across the enterprise and into the cloud.