The long and winding road that leads to……nowhere, fast? Sorry, I digressed for a moment. But, the very famous Beatles song does have applicability to the state of many companies’ implementation of virtualization. Without a fully virtualized data center that goes beyond servers to include storage and network virtualization, you might not be in a position to fully take advantage of the benefits of next generation applications as Cloud and Big Data!
A recent IBM study of virtualization with our enterprise clients notes that only 30% of the clients surveyed have virtualized storage and 15% have virtualized networking on a wide scale. The reason why more clients haven't fully virtualized is because without a common framework it is difficult and complex to virtualize across technology silos of server, storage, and networking. Leveraging open interfaces and open standards will help facilitate data center integration, and will get you off of the long and winding road to nowhere and on the road to real business results. IBM’s leadership in such Open Source and standards communities as OpenStack for infrastructure management and Cloud, OpenPower Consortium and OpenDaylight for networks help enterprises integrate servers, storage and network devices. Openness enables enterprises to be in a position to fully leverage Cloud and Big Data for competitive advantage.
On Tuesday, October 8, 2013 IBM will announce a series of offerings that will help clients proactively respond to today’s ever changing business environment by leveraging their entire infrastructure to provide real-time insights, share information securely, and improve the overall economics of IT. You can register and attend a global announcement webcast with our IBM senior executives to learn more about why your infrastructure matters, and how a Smarter Infrastructure can get you off of the long and winding road.
Vice President - Software Defined Environment