Gaming has always been a passion ever since I can remember. Right from the days when Mario would be running around to save Princess Toadstool, to the armed military commando show in Contra trying to save the day.
The gaming industry has come a long way. The consoles have improved a great detail. Some analyst predicts that the gaming industry is expected to be a $58 billion. The fact that gaming is growing is supplemented by the recent game releases. Grand Theft Auto V crossed $1 billion in just the first three days. And more recently Call of duty: Ghosts crossed the $1billion mark in just 24Hours .These numbers really speaks about how the entire industry has evolved.
But this blog isn’t all about the games or the sales numbers it has posted. It’s about the technology powering it. With the latest emergence of “Software-Defined”, no doubt the IT Infrastructure need to be simplified, responsive and adaptive!.
A key area where Software Defined networking can help the gaming industry is towards the multiplayer online gaming. Software Defined Networking (SDN) enables more agile and flexible IT by simplifying the task of connecting applications and network appliances used in cloud, social networking, mobile and big data workloads. Enterprises can achieve success by adapting -- and revolutionizing -- their IT and business processes, leveraging cloud and software defined networking to meet the demands of today’s fast-paced business environment.
The IBM study, “Under cloud cover” has categorized Organizations based on their level of cloud adoption and whether they’re reporting competitive advantage from cloud computing. The organizations can be grouped in the following categories.
Pacesetters have deployed cloud on a broad scale and are gaining competitive advantage over their rivals through cloud.
Challengers are on par with Pacesetters in achieving greater efficiency through cloud, but still lag on differentiation and market responsiveness.
Chasers are more cautious about cloud. They’re in early stages of adoption and are not yet using cloud to drive competitive advantage.
Wall street journal quotes in its article Ways The Cloud Will Change Our Lives “Gaming is called the “killer app” of cloud computing, and gamers have salivated over demos with complex 3-D graphics delivered to mobile devices through the cloud. While some technical wrinkles remain, players can now enjoy breathtaking gaming experiences anywhere because of the cloud’s power to provide higher speed without interruption. The same gaming principles are now being extended too many other areas.”
But the questions remains are the major gaming companies adopting Software Defined Networking as part of their strategies going forward? Developers are driving hard to make online gaming 24/7 a reality but it will still take time to figure out what can and can’t be done on a gaming cloud computing platform.
Kunal S Sodhi
IBM Systems and Technology Group