Software-defined everything (SDx or SDE) is making its way into the data center, led by SDN to abstract network architecture and adding programmability. SDS and full SDDC are also catching on as the SDx trend makes data center operations more efficient.
Get familiar with software-defined everything. If it isn't in your data center already, it will be there soon.
1Software-define a data center-
Is a SDDC right for you?
In a software-defined data center (SDDC), networking, storage, CPU and security are virtualized and delivered as a service. Management and orchestration software removes deployment, provisioning, configuration and operation from hardware, but how do you know if the production IT deployment can handle SDDC?
Silos still exist, even if you've adopted virtualization in your data center. SDDC tools will break down the silos where virt only poked holes in the walls. Continue Reading
The underlying hardware gets a facelift when you "software-define" the data center. Some waver on implementing SDDC due to the demand it places on CPU and other components. See how software-defined infrastructure is shaping compute resources. Continue Reading
2Navigate the SDN traffic-
What you need for a software-defined network
Software-defined networking (SDN) allows network engineers and admins to respond quickly to changing business needs. Control in a software-defined network is decoupled from the physical infrastructure so network admins can provision a fabric across equipment, regardless of the hardware vendors. So why hasn't everyone adopted it yet?
Although SDN and cloud enable improvements to the IT environment, are the challenges worth it? Security and encryption are holding back SDN implementation, despite the efficiency and agility in the cloud. Continue Reading
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3Get space with SDS-
Save room for software-defined storage
Software-defined storage (SDS) makes storage services more efficient. In SDS, the programming that operates data storage tasks is decoupled from the actual arrays, disks and so on. For it to work, IT organizations must pick the vendor offering that's right for them, and understand the true benefits of SDS.