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The software-defined environment
prepares you for what's next.

The software-defined environment is what's next.

What is a software-defined environment?

You need to enhance customer experiences, maximise resources, deliver business value more efficiently, and drive new models of client engagement.

How do you do all that?
Cloud, big data, and analytics. Client knowledge is locked in big data and analysed and delivered to key decision makers in the cloud. To handle the sheer volume, velocity and variety of data bombarding the enterprise, data centres must become more dynamic and flexible.

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Imagine an entire IT infrastructure as programmable as individual systems. One controlled not by hands and hardware, but by software. One in which workloads are serviced automatically by the most appropriate resource.

We call that a software-defined environment. It enables cloud computing and helps deliver IT services in the most efficient way possible. The new approach includes not just storage and computing, but software-defined networking as well.

Smarter Computing is built on software-defined environments (SDEs).

In essence, a SDE optimises the entire computing infrastructure — compute, storage and network resources — so that it can adapt to the type of work required. In today's environment, resources are assigned manually to workloads; that happens automatically in a SDE. That may be an under-utilised server or solid state storage that allows data to be served up faster.

In a SDE, workloads are dynamically assigned to IT resources based on application characteristics, best-available resources, and service level policies. The system automatically defines virtual machines with the required configuration and capacities (no guessing involved). Software maps the virtual machines to the workload and deploys the software. And you get continuous, dynamic optimisation and reconfiguration to address infrastructure issues. Underlying all of this are policy-based compliance checks and updates, in a centrally managed environment.

So, think integration, automation and optimisation. Those are enablers to cloud delivery and analytics. SDE has the capability to accelerate business success by making a happy marriage between workloads and resources so you have a responsive, adaptive environment.

Although the name is “software-defined,” having the right hardware built for these new environments is of significant business value. From System z, to Power Systems, to storage, to our new PureSystems family, IBM systems and networking capabilities are designed to take full advantage of a SDE – and manage massive scale, unpredictable transactions and increasing complexity without disrupting the whole operation.

Today's environment

Order. Product. Web. Commerce. Supply Chain. Market Analytics.

What’s next: Software-defined environment

Software-defined infrastructure. Order. Product. Web. Commerce. Supply Chain. Market Analytics.

How can IBM help you create SDEs for your business?

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We can help you create an environment that can anticipate change in the future, but also deal with today’s shifting landscape. IBM has enhanced our systems, storage and networking capabilities and created new solutions to help you move toward a SDE.

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With our industry-leading SmartCloud solutions, you can increase business and IT value as you add SDE capabilities. You can respond more quickly to change with a cloud infrastructure that is elastic, cost-efficient and enables you to deploy services fast – anywhere, to any device.

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Storage, too, is a critical element. Your cloud infrastructure, enabled by SDE, acts to store more when the volume of data streams in, and contracts as the stream dries up. So you can more efficiently manage, access and do something meaningful with your data.

What's next?

Software-defined environments that help you adjust your computing resources to fit the growing needs of big data and analytics, at the speed of your business.SDEs are ready now as part of the Smarter Computing solution set.

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