The Path to SDE Requires Bare Metal

I have consistently stressed in previous blogs the fact that “cloud” is not just one paradigm shift but multiple shifts all occurring more or less simultaneously. This includes advancements in virtualization, resource pooling, data services, mobile and social computing, etc. One of the most significant advancements being in the evolving space around Software Defined Environments ( ) which can be manifested through and operated within a Software Defined Datacenter (SDE).  The Cloud Computing Phenomena is maturing to the point where industry standards are rapidly evolving like OpenStack. A standards based cloud environment will give rise to an interoperable Software Defined Environment in which the platform, infrastructure, middleware and application layers become virtualized in the data center and across industry ecosystems. Achieving the goal of the SDE will require the ability to virtualize, automate and pool data center resources from the network layer through bare metal servers across VM’s while virtualizing any operating environment and application stack. Most cloud companies have focused on providing public cloud instances – essentially virtual machines using a public cloud delivery model. But in order to realize the ultimate vision of an SDE you must be able to virtualize the network and the physical bare metal server for starters. The IBM SoftLayer Cloud Computing Infrastructure offering is well on its way to supporting the SDE of the future by providing a virtualized network and bare metal offering as well as nominal cloud computing instances. In my next blog I’ll discuss when a bare metal server is preferred over other types of cloud computing instances. You can get a personal demonstration of the IBM SoftLayer Bare Metal provisioning at the October 3rd IBM Cloud Form Event in Washington, D.C. Register at

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