SDCC is changing the network

The scalability, flexibility and ease of management of the software defined data centre is making it a real must-have for enterprises

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SDCC is changing the network Samer Ismair from Brocade says the SDDC reduces costs of service delivery.
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By Staff Writer Published  January 16, 2014

By hiding physical infrastructure complexity and providing transport layer visibility for applications and services, it helps make network behaviour more provable and network management simpler, and brings virtualisation to the network, thereby centralising network operation and management and enabling rapid application development through the increased network intelligence and an open environment. This makes new monetisation streams are possible through flexible business models, and capacity constraints can be cost-effectively resolved through optimised flow control, says Brocade.

According to Silver Peak, with the SDDC,  IT will be able to commoditise expert solutions so that application owners and virtualisation administrators can solve problems themselves that previously required the networking team.

SDDC uptake in Middle East

To have an idea of the overall data centre market in the Middle East, it is important to look at IT spending figures in relation to SDDC-related units such as cloud and virtualisation, according to Riverbed.

According to Gartner, Middle East (ME) IT spending is projected to reach $192.9 billion in 2013, a 5.5% increase from 2012. In particular, Gartner reports that IT infrastructure spending in the Middle East is expected to increase by 4% in 2013 to total $3.9 billion. A significant proportion of the IT infrastructure spending in the Middle East is to be on servers and storage. Also, Gartner expects that spending on data centres is set to show an increase of 4.4% between 2012 and 2013. In addition, the Middle Eastern and Northern African public cloud services market will see strong growth in 2013 with revenue forecast to reach $462.3 million in 2013, a 24.5% increase from 2012.

“The Middle East has shown a growing interest in acquiring latest technologies and an appreciation for integrating and investing in IT. There is growing interest surrounding cloud computing in the Middle East region. From 2012 to 2017, the Middle East and Africa regions are expected to have the highest cloud workload growth rate [45% CAGR],” says El-Khayat.

According to Arun Chandrasekaran from Gartner, while the uptake of server virtualisation is robust and growing in the Middle East, virtualisation of the entire data centre infrastructure fabric (particularly storage and networking) is still in its infancy in Middle East. Also, adoption of robust provisioning, orchestration and management tools that enable the shift towards a true hybrid cloud are still low.

“Based on my conversations with IT managers, I think we’re still very early on in the learning phase of a technology adoption. Over the next 18 to 24 months, we will start to see limited trials and some early adopters in the US with the next tier of adoption happening within 24 months from now. The same curve will apply to the Middle East, though adoption will probably take 6-12 months longer,” states Dave Greenfield from Silver Peak.

Enterprises in the Middle East do still have questions around the SDDC, according to VMware.

“Educating enterprises on SDDC and the business benefits it can deliver is a primary objective of ours. There are some early adopters of the SDDC within the region, which have moved beyond the evaluation stage to start planning and even implementation, which is encouraging to see,” says Tayan.

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