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What is software-defined infrastructure?

Whether it's human genome research for cancer treatments and personalized medicine, aerodynamics testing for racecars, or for risk analysis of stock portfolios, organizations are using IBM software-defined infrastructure (SDI) solutions to efficiently deliver IT services.

SDI helps transform a static IT infrastructure into a dynamic resource, workload and data-aware environment. Application workloads are serviced automatically by the most appropriate resource running locally, in the cloud, or in a hybrid cloud environment.

With SDI, you can securely integrate mobile services, use data efficiently for analytics services, and manage in an always-on world for service predictability.

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Software-defined compute, software-defined storage

Imagine a dynamic infrastructure that's cost controlled and optimized for performance


Software-defined computing helps reduce multiple silos, uneven processing and delayed results that come with diverse users and complex application portfolios.

IBM Spectrum Computing uses intelligent workloads and policy-driven resource scheduling to accelerate time to results up to 150X while optimizing resources across the data center, from application software licenses to available network bandwidth.

Maximize HPC Productivity and Value (PDF, 939KB) Build a multi-tenant big data environment


A secure, software-defined storage environment can efficiently extract the most value from the unprecedented volume and variety of data facing your organization.

IBM Spectrum Storage leverages hybrid cloud storage and data protection for analytics. Designed to simplify and speed storage management, it scales with data anywhere, and optimizes with multi-brand virtualization, intelligent tiering, and open API support.

SDS: How to get started ESG: IBM's creativity in SDS (PDF, 564KB)