The Software Defined Datacentre


The Software Defined Datacentre



Keeping up to date with what’s going on in the broader IT landscape is something that a lot of our customers struggle to do while they’re focussing on the day to day management of their own organisation’s priorities.  One of the functions of the LIMA blog and our regular newsletters and events is to help to outline what we see as important for customers to be aware of and give you a brief introduction to follow up with your Account Manager.

Our starting point in this blog is that our customers need a datacentre that can provide the agility, security, and scalability required to power service growth and innovation.

Traditional datacentres have been constructed with siloed infrastructure layers, purpose-built hardware and fragmented management, resulting in complex deployment and operations and slower delivery of IT services and applications.  The market’s most recent response to the inherent challenges that this approach has lead to is a software-defined hyper-converged architecture across compute, storage, network, and security, with common management across all, making the solution:

  • more flexible, because it is hardware independent;

  • more agile because it is highly programmable;

  • more cost effective because it’s scalable and based on commodity hardware.

The virtualisation of the infrastructure elements - networking, storage, CPU and security – means they can now be delivered as a service. Deployment, operation, provisioning and configuration are abstracted from hardware and implemented through software intelligence.

This simplification of infrastructure is becoming increasingly important as specialist IT skills become more scarce and more expensive.  Enabling generalists to deploy and manage their environment, automate functions, especially manually intensive tasks related to provisioning and operational management, and scale with ease has the potential to radically change the way on-prem infrastructure is built.

It’s starting to look cloudy

A lot of the advantages of the software-defined datacentres are rooted in the the agility, elasticity and scalabilty which make cloud computing attractive.  The virtualisation means that workloads operate independently of the physical IT infrastructure and resources are pooled and provisioned in the manner of a private cloud or hybrid cloud.

That makes the software defined datacentre an appealing option for organisations looking for all the advantages of private cloud or looking to develop a cloud-first strategy.

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