Building Software-Defined Control for Your Data Center

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Conclusion

Software-defined infrastructure brings a new level of complexity only controllable through sophisticated analytics and purpose-built control software. The foundation of the next generation of control of IT infrastructure lies in the ability to make accurate, automated decisions that span compute, storage, network and software resources, based on the true demands of the applications. A new breed of policy-based management that fulfills this requirement is called software-defined infrastructure control.

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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