How the Data Center Will Grow Up in Three Years

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Unified Management and Orchestration

Server virtualization improves data center flexibility – applications are no longer tied to a single physical server and can be migrated across servers within a resource pool to enable availability and load balancing. However, data is typically still tied to a single storage appliance, and each copy of the data is accessible to only one server at a time. Eliminating these constraints using software-defined storage and networking will enable truly fluid IT infrastructure.

SDDC technology enables data to be moved to where it is being used and to be shared by multiple application instances, while performance is dynamically tuned to the requirements of each application. The focus moves from managing hardware to managing the end-user experience with the application – unifying management and automating data orchestration.

Enterprise data center architecture is in the midst of the most dramatic change in decades. Hyperscale data centers have pioneered the software-defined data center (SDDC) on industry-standard hardware. Enterprise data center operators recognize the value of this approach, but few have implemented it at the network and storage layers. A software-defined data center extends the value provided by server virtualization by eliminating the remaining resource silos, increasing utilization and agility, and giving the flexibility to dynamically choose the best location and infrastructure for each workload.

Early adopters are now deploying key elements of the software-defined data center in large production environments. These products are expected to move into mainstream use by 2017. In this slideshow, Bill Stevenson, executive chairman for Sanbolic, discusses the move toward hyperconverged infrastructure and the core components of the 2017 data center.


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