How the Data Center Will Grow Up in Three Years

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Distributed Workloads

Organizations are often spread across many geographic locations, and customers are spread around the globe. While hardware-defined infrastructure is typically tied to one location, the software-defined data center of 2017 will abstract heterogeneous legacy proprietary hardware and newer industry-standard hardware into a single resource pool. Better yet, this resource pool will not be limited to one location — it can span multiple locations and/or public cloud resources as an active-active cluster managed as a single system.

By 2017, workloads will be dynamically managed across distributed resources based on factors including end-user proximity, capacity utilization, and energy cost or availability.

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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