In the recent Searchcloudcomputing article, IBM reveals its plans for software-defined environments, Dennis Quan, VP of IBM SmartCloud Infrastructure in his interview with Beth Pariseau, describes the need and impact of a Software Defined Environment (SDE) in a cloud architecture. Quan believes that IBM’s SDE approach is truly revolutionary and packed with the capabilities enterprises need in the cloud services. According to Quan, SDE is a more dynamic version of cloud as they free the application layer from the physical infrastructure layer and allow for a wide scope of uses including managing, computing, storing, networking and deploying myriad business applications in a cloud environment. Also, he considers SDE as an integrated approach where compute, storage, networking, security, and availability services are pooled, aggregated, and delivered as software, and managed by intelligent, policy-driven software.
When asking about IBM offerings in this space, Quan states that we have products that make up the capability of driving Software Defined Environments including open standards to achieve integrated and interoperable cloud infrastructure management. For the networking level, IBM capabilities bring significant benefits to complete network and cloud infrastructures. For instance, IBM’s DOVE (Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet) technology enables highly scalable network virtualization without requiring changes to the physical network. At the compute level, SDE is about how to correctly deploy virtualization, placement, and ability to manage extremely large compute clouds and all these capabilities came from the Platform Computing acquisition IBM made a few years ago. Then for storage, IBM have got offerings like Flash to boost critical application performance, gain efficiencies and strategically deploy resources for data management. Quan strongly believes in open standards and the importance of open standards to the growth of cloud and SDE to deliver both interoperability and value to the customers. IBM is already committed and applying its experience in supporting and validating open developments including its partnership with Pivotal for Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, OpenDaylight to name a few.
With Quan’s detailed plans for SDE, we can be sure that in the years to come, IBM will continue to support open standards — and through innovative solutions based on it, help clients around the world realize the full potential of Software Defined Environments.
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