For many of today's IT specialists, "big data" isn't just another meaningless buzz phrase. It's something closer to a crisis, and it can't be wished away. The reason is simple: Big data just keeps getting bigger. For a large number of organizations - especially for those in data-intensive industries such as retail - finding cost-effective ways to gain real value from an overabundance of ...information will be a key factor in determining which companies remain relevant in the next few critical years. In this paper, we offer a step-by-step guide for adopting software-defined storage as part of a practical, proactive strategy for managing enterprise data.