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 Dave Greenfield from Silver Peak says solution delivery can be made radically faster with the software defined data centre infrastructure.
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By Staff Writer Published  January 16, 2014

Expert opinion... some of the benefits of the SDDC

• Ignore the hype surrounding SSDs and approach the project with a view fixed firmly on measureable benefits that deliver real RoI.
• Rapid provisioning of infrastructure
• Increased automation of IT
• Better resiliency
• Higher utilisation of infrastructure
• Possibly lower TCO due to operational automation and lower Capex (Due to usage of standard x86 hardware)
Source: Gartner

Top questions to... consider before deploying a SDDC

• How viable is this technology?
• What is the underlying financial model? Where will I find significant savings?
• What should my migration plan include?
• Which IT processes will have to change?
• What is the optimum IT organisational structure for the SDDC?
• What KPIs give the best indication of SDDC operation and health?
• What is the impact of a SDDC on security and compliance?
• How does a SDDC change my business continuity/disaster recovery plans?
• How does the SDDC impact our capacity planning?
Source: VMware

Top tips for... initiating deployment of SDDC:

• Begin to build institutional knowledge around SDDC: Organisations may find compelling use cases for SDDC in lab and training environments as a way to both reduce storage costs and build on further institutional knowledge.
• Standardise as much as possible: Reduced complexity improves speed, agility and availability. Worry less about lock-in and more about ways to accelerate orchestration and automation of IT tasks.
• Infrastructure silos are merging: This will be accentuated by the emergence of programmable network and storage provisioning capabilities exposed through SDS and SDN. Back-end network and storage expertise will remain a requirement, but that expertise will transform to assisting in programmatic provisioning, deprovisioning and monitoring capabilities and technical integration.
• Let the use case decide if an SDN investment is necessary: It’s tempting to find a use case for SDN to simply get exposed to it, but organisations that do not need high degrees of network settings portability between multiple sites can wait.
• Take a conservative approach to software-defined storage: The outcome and business value of SDS is: improving agility and QoS while optimising cost containment. Vendors are developing road maps, and a few are offering products that provide value to select IT organisations.

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