What is software-defined infrastructure?

Whether for human genome research for cancer treatments and personalized medicine, aerodynamics testing for race cars, or for risk analysis of stock portfolios, organizations are using IBM software-defined infrastructure (SDI) solutions to efficiently deliver IT services.

SDI helps transform a static IT infrastructure into a dynamic resource, workload and data-aware environment. Application workloads are serviced automatically by the most appropriate resource running locally, in the cloud, or in a hybrid cloud environment.

With SDI, you can securely integrate mobile services, use data efficiently for analytics services, and manage in an always-on world for service predictability.

Software-defined compute, software-defined management, software-defined storage compute storage management

Imagine an entire infrastructure controlled not by
hands and hardware, but by software.


Software-defined compute helps reduce multiple silos, uneven processing and delayed results that come with diverse users and complex application portfolios.

IBM Platform Computing uses intelligent workloads and policy-driven resource scheduling to optimize resources across the data center, from application software licenses to available network bandwidth.

Meeting the needs of HPC demand Build a multi-tenant big data environment


A secure, software-defined storage environment can efficiently extract the most value from the unprecedented volume and variety of data facing your organization.

IBM Spectrum Storage leverages hybrid cloud storage and data protection for analytics. Designed to simplify and speed storage management, it scales with data anywhere, and optimizes with multi-brand virtualization, intelligent tiering, and open API support.

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Software-defined management enables you to provision, monitor and consolidate disparate resources to simplify the oversight of your IT environment.

IBM Platform Cluster Manager automates the assembly of multiple clusters on a shared cloud infrastructure. IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack offers a self-service portal for workload provisioning, as well as management and monitoring of virtualized environments.

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Red Bull uses Platform Computing, resulting in production throughput improvements.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing steers championship success

IBM powers high-performance computing to help racing team design and run the best cars on the track.

Sanger Institute uses Platform Computing to help understand the role of genetics in health and disease.

Sanger Institute optimizes high-performance computing with analytics

Leading-edge research firm implements IBM Platform Computing solutions to ensure optimal resource utilization.

Voice recognition software company uses software-defined storage.

Nuance tackles massive data growth with scale-out storage

Voice-recognition software company uses IBM Platform Computing to manage data and integrate file and object storage technologies.

IBM Spectrum Protect, formerly Tivoli Storage Manager, is a data
 protection platform.

Tectrade services protect client data, the DNA of today’s business

IBM’s software-defined storage offers protection solution for clients of European data management expert.