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A Software Defined Environment is an entire IT infrastructure programmable as individual systems. One controlled not by hands and hardware, but by software. One in which workloads are dynamically assigned to IT resources based on application characteristics, best-available resources, and service level policies. Infrastructure as code! A Software Defined Environment delivers IT services in the most efficient way possible by creating a responsive, adaptive environment enabled by open standards. This approach includes not just storage and computing, but software defined networking as well.

IBM Software Defined Environments -- Next Generation Automation for Cloud

SDE Story and Experiments

The following demo was showcased at the Software Defined Environments pedestal at IBM Edge,2014. Shown within this demo are the following technologies: easy creation of a new cloud, quick deployment of an application pattern, built in policies for smart resource allocation, and easy management of Spectrum Scale.

Select a product:

   Software Defined Compute
      IBM PowerVC   |    IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack    |    IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator

   Software Defined Storage
      IBM Spectrum Scale    |    IBM Spectrum Accelerate    |    IBM Spectrum Virtualize    |    "Big Storage" Technology Preview

      IBM Platform Resource Scheduler


Featured Bloggers

KhalidAhmed's photoKhalid Ahmed
Khalid is the Chief Architect for Systems Software at IBM Platform. His focus is on the design and architecture of large scale grid and cloud computing systems with focus on resource scheduling, workload management and software defined environments.

thomasspatzier's photoThomas Spatzier
Thomas is a Cloud Architect who works in the Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure CTO office. His focus area is cloud orchestration including open standards and open source initiatives, as well as their application in IBM's cloud management products. Follow Thomas on twitter @tspatzier.

Meet the Experts

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    Ron Riffe is a Program Director for Software Defined Environments (SDC, SDS, SDN). He has a twenty-seven year background in the storage industry, having held positions as both a consumer and a vendor, as well as roles spanning from administrator, to thought leader, to strategic planner, to senior manager. He is also a passionate leader, speaker and author. Join the conversation with him on twitter @RonRiffe, LinkedIn, Google+ or his personal blog, The Line.

Featured Content


Software Defined Storage and Spectrum Scale overview video

first SDE video

Capitalize on big data, analytics and improved data economics with IBM Software Defined Storage

first SDE video

Pulse, February 2014 SDE Demo


first SDE video

SDE Story and Demonstration


third SDE video

Cloud Architect SDE Presentation, Nov 6, 2013

fourth SDE video

Spectrum Scale Cinder Driver for Havana OpenStack: Bringing superior Spectrum Scale functionality to your cloud!

fifth SDE video

Grow IBM BigInsights capacity dynamically in the cloud



sixth SDE video

Workflow to increase server capacity in IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator



seventh SDE video

Deploying testbeds for multi-tier applications in an automated manner