How the Data Center Will Grow Up in Three Years

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Evolve Organizational Design

Significant organizational adjustments will be made to reflect the new data center. It will require new skill sets and different vendor relationships, and this can seem threatening to the existing team. Decisions are becoming more solution-focused and by 2017 the traditional model of the storage team talking to storage vendors and the networking team talking to network vendors will be long forgotten. Internal IT organizations must realign to reflect the delivery of infrastructure as a service.

The old support model provided by high-margin, proprietary IT appliance vendors will be severed, creating an opportunity for system integrators to help accelerate the introduction of SDDC architecture.

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.

 

Related Topics : IBM Looks to Redefine Industry Standard Servers, APC, Brocade, Citrix Systems, Data Center

 
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