The first step in preparation for a software-defined data center is software-defined networking (SDN), the top approach of designing, conceptualizing and managing networks. In order to keep up with the newest industry standards, SDN separates the control of the network from the forwarding planes to optimize each component. Though businesses may differ in their everyday tasks, most organizations will face common challenges in their data centers as they evolve with the industry.
The separation between control and forwarding functions enables the network’s brains to become directly programmable and infrastructure to be abstracted for network services and applications. The emerging architecture of SDN is more effective for your business in manageability, cost savings, and adaptability. This solution is dynamic enough for high-bandwidth and complex enough to support today’s critical apps.
Many businesses have networks that are already at their breaking point, becoming limited, fragile and vulnerable to threats. SDN provides updates to help aging networks including reduced time taken to provision datacenter services- while virtualization software-defined compute takes an average of 5 days to provision, SDN reduces that to 15 minutes. Previous networking solutions have also been bound to physical hardware like cables, switches, etc. which intensifies operations and limits mobility and placement.
Software-defined data centers (SDDCs) will go beyond virtualizing the network for speed and efficiency to expanding virtual compute to all applications, transforming storage by aligning with app demands, and management tools that give way to automation. These benefits will allow for quick changes when new business needs arise.
Solution providers like VMware and HP are leading the pack in the software-defined data center. They allow customers to leverage SDDC on their own terms, as a private, hybrid or public cloud- all fully abstracted from applications to run on multiple hardware stacks, hypervisors and clouds. In a software-defined data center, policy-driven automation enables provisioning and ongoing management of logical compute, storage and network services. Benefits include:
- Virtualization economics across your data center – SDDC technology helps attain new levels of infrastructure utilization and staff productivity, substantially reducing both capital expenditures and operating costs.
- Applications at business speed – Enabling deployment of applications in minutes or even seconds with policy-driven provisioning that dynamically matches resources to continually changing workloads and business demands.
- Business-aware IT control – Driving right availability, security and compliance for every application via automated business continuity, policy-based governance and virtualization-aware security and compliance.
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