What is the software-defined data center?
The software-defined data center is cloud computing realized through intelligent software that abstracts hardware resources, pools it into aggregated capacity, and automates distributing it as needed to applications. It consolidates all systems into a single platform built on an x86 architecture supporting both industry-standard protocols and open APIs.
With software-defined networking gaining acceptance, the concept of a software-defined data center is getting more attention. Software-defined networking moves the control point in switches up to a software layer above the physical hardware enabling the use of any networking hardware and opening up the possibility for centralized management.
The software-defined data center is a natural step in the evolution of virtualization and cloud. It will address the needs of a business community clamoring for efficiency, simplicity, and agility, as well as users whose expectations are set through the personal use of Web-based services. It may well change how we think and go about application development, management, and more.
What if you could create your own view of your data center?
Well, you will soon be able to develop your own custom visualizations with EMC DataBridge which provides a new way of thinking about—and creating—a single-pane of glass.
As covered in a recent post, IT infrastructure management solutions go deep, providing detailed information of only part of your infrastructure to address very specific use cases with varying effectiveness, but that is not how data centers should be run. While these solutions are inter-related in what they provide, they often exist as rigid silos of data and functionality within the data center. To truly run IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS), these silos must be broken down and combined to provide better insight into infrastructure resource use, issue identification resolution, metering, resource planning, and more.
EMC DataBridge is an enterprise management software that enables you to transform how you consume and manage your IT operations data by providing tools you need to combine EMC infrastructure data sources along with non-EMC data sources with business logic from your organization in new, meaningful ways. Continue reading
How do you manage operations in converged infrastructure?
There is a great deal of discussion about converged infrastructures and reference architectures and which vendors you should consider based on your needs. However, if you still manage your single-SKU virtual solution the same as your legacy data center, using product or component-specific tools to run your operations, you are missing out on harnessing the power of this converged infrastructure building block—and getting the most out of your investment.
You need to manage your single-SKU as a single unit. Otherwise, you run the risk of having too many drivers going in too many directions and never reaching your destination—your cloud.
Fortunately, you can get a converged infrastructure management solution for a single-SKU designed for cloud computing. This management software automates and standardizes provisioning and operations across compute, network, and storage. Continue reading
What have your vendors done to get you to converged infrastructure management and the cloud?
Not too long ago the industry was abuzz about this new thing called cloud. While the chatter remains high, a lot of us have gotten down to the knitting so to speak.
What differs is that some of us jumped on the innovation bandwagon faster than others. While some vendors repackaged existing technologies for the cloud, others got on to addressing the real crux of the change brought about by cloud computing: how we deliver IT services.
As discussed in previous posts about delivering IT as a service and a new way of thinking about a single pane of glass, what matters most in today’s world is agility and innovation for competitive advantage. If you’re an IT industry vendor, this means you need to provide the ability to quickly and easily deliver new services—not just end-user services, but infrastructure services as well—with an increasingly robust tool set to address a variety of technical and business needs.
It’s either a time of excitement or panic for information technology (IT) professionals.
The traditional data center is breaking through corporate walls and heading upwards and onwards to the Cloud, and from desktops to the post-PC world of mobile devices.
This transformation from silos of technology to user-services is turning data centers on their side moving the focus from vertical delivery of specific applications for lines-of-business to horizontal delivery of a catalog of services to be potentially spread across an organization. Continue reading