How the Data Center Will Grow Up in Three Years

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Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure will become an efficient, agile, elastic service for delivering the application workloads that a business depends on. Delivering the availability, performance and features required to consistently meet end-user, service-level expectations, the infrastructure of 2017 will significantly reduce the cost premium that is still common for highly available, high-performance, scalable systems.

While this has been the holy grail of IT for decades, by 2017 it will be mainstream. The economic and business agility benefits it provides are as compelling as server virtualization, which saw very rapid adoption over the past decade.

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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