All software-defined strategies are not created equal and neither are the benefits!
The recent eWeek article, IBM Details Strategy for Software Defined Environments, describes the evolution of software-defined environments from their origin in software-defined networks to include the emergence of software-defined storage.
Chris Preimesberger, the eWeek author, discusses with Matt Hogstrom, CTO, IBM Software Defined Environment why all software-defined strategies and offerings are not equal and won’t deliver the same value. A software-defined environment should:
- Optimize the entire computing infrastructure; not just compute, storage and network resources.
- Adapt dynamically to address infrastructure issues by delivering “continuous, dynamic optimization and reconfiguration.”
- Identify and capture patterns for resource deployment and associated SLAs as the target for the services the IT infrastructure will provide.
- Provide an open architecture, and include open standards as OpenStack, to deliver deployment choice and flexibility, scalability and investment protection.
- Support emerging, specialized workloads as Hadoop, that scale in a particular manner; or Heroku that use virtual machines which manage deployment and service placements.
The IBM Software Defined Environment strategy and approach can help clients remove technology barriers to improve responsiveness, dynamically optimize resources to ensure SLAs and provide freedom of choice through support of open standards.