In our previous blog, we discussed about what a hardware-driven or a traditional IT infrastructure is missing to build a highly efficient IT infrastructure? Organizations are embracing software-driven IT environment because it virtualizes every element of data center infrastructure from computer hardware to middleware to end-user software. Forrester, a leading research firm, believes that a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is a powerful concept because it is “cloud-friendly” and will become the defining architectural abstraction for infrastructure architects over the next five years. The prospective impact of SDDC is enormous, offering an integrated architecture that allows the merger of legacy architectures, cloud computing, and workload-centric architectures into a single manageable domain.
Scott Firth, Director, IBM’s Systems and Technology Group in his article: Rebuilding the Data Center One Block At A Time, clarifies that SDDC is inevitable and to develop a software defined environment, organizations will have to break down traditional data centers in four critical ways:
Breaking down the Silos
Organizations data center will have to be optimized in a non-siloed fashion. The compute, networking and storage siloes will be managed under a single silo where workloads will be delivered automatically to the best accessible resource.
Built on Open Architecture
IT infrastructure will need to be built on open architecture to achieve integrated and interoperable cloud infrastructure management and beyond. It will bring simplicity, affordability and flexibility to be able to deploy application hardware into the cloud that they chose and allows for more freedom and personalization of the solution than proprietary offerings.
Technology Brings Cultural Creativity
Software Defined Environment will bring not only a technological change but also will be the prime mover of cultural change in today’s dynamic IT infrastructure. SDE will bridge the gap that exists between developers and IT operations by enabling them to manage the application life-cycle more freely and understand workloads. This type of innovation will also help DevOps teams to become more responsive to changing business needs, bringing distributed data centers closer together by helping control technologies and management hence bringing more efficiency and agility within their businesses.
Manage Data Center like a Service
The advancement and management of SDE will entail an architectural approach that involves standard processes and practices. It will be managed by intelligent, policy-driven software that will run independent of the underlying hardware, enabling IT to dynamically configure and reconfigure the infrastructure based on changing application and user demands. The result with SDE is the ability to provision infrastructure quicker, an infrastructure that responds to and even anticipates business changes, runs entirely on software, and always in accordance with policy and compliance requirements.
The entire IT environment is designed by analytics-based optimization, security and service-level policies to optimize, secure, manage and support their mission-critical infrastructure. Supporting and managing such an infrastructure will require discipline and key operational and process activities will have to be standardized. Software Defined Environment is built on right resources and has become the de-facto standard process model in today’s enterprises. With orchestration and manageability, SDE can deliver continuous, dynamic optimization and reconfiguration to support a more agile business environment!
IBM Systems and Technology Group