Building Software-Defined Control for Your Data Center

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Demand Management

Much of the insight into the needs of applications exists, but has traditionally been used for procurement, not matching demands against existing infrastructure supply. This can be complex, as it requires the destination environment to not only have enough resources, but also the right kind of resources. Automating the analysis of both of these factors enables data-driven workload routing and capacity reservation, enabling IT to gain control over the pipeline of application demand.

Enterprises today are looking to make every aspect of their data center infrastructure more software-defined – with the ultimate goal of achieving the software-defined data center (SDDC).

According to Andrew Hillier, CTO of Cirba, the SDDC is not achieved by simply bolting together virtualization, software-defined networking, and software-defined storage technologies. Rather, it is an operational state, achieved by adopting a new way of managing and controlling all the moving parts within the infrastructure.

Critical to this control is having the ability to align the capabilities of the infrastructure (supply) with the requirements of the applications (demand). In this slideshow, Andrew offers four core elements to achieve this alignment and build the foundation for getting to the SDDC.

 

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