If you thought 2013 was a big year in the world of “ Software Defined ,” brace yourself for 2014. Both Gartner and Forrester Research called out Software Defined as a top 10 strategic technology trend for 2014. A new era of workloads, which we at IBM call Systems of Engagement, is driving this IT transformation to Software Defined Environments (SDE) . Workloads such as mobile , social , and big data & analytics – often delivered via cloud computing – are disrupting today’s IT infrastructures with crushing complexity, rapid demand cycles and accelerating business requirements. SDE helps organizations address this pain through simplified, responsive and adaptive infrastructure solutions.
Automation is at the core of SDE – think of SDE as being the next generation automation in cloud computing environments. SDE enables business users to describe their requirements of the IT environment in a systematic way that in turn drives automation of the infrastructure . Whether it’s deploying new workloads on optimal resources, reconfiguring infrastructure to ensure service objectives, leveraging off-premise clouds for extra capacity, or accelerating software deployment using patterns, automation with SDE is the key for ensuring cost-effectiveness, performance levels and speed. And it’s all based on IT policies and business rules.
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