Disruptive and Transformational
Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is viewed as an advantage for the early adopters and a pipedream to the laggards. Regardless of where you are in the spectrum, SDD concepts are in practice today and significantly changing IT forever. Software defined networking is a foundation for delivering IT as a Service (ITaaS).
While the technical impacts of improved efficiencies and increased asset utilization are significant, there are greater business impacts for the enterprise. Many say SDDC concepts started with Amazon Web Services. IT traditionally thinks in constrained terms of available infrastructure resources. The transformational shift with AWS was to stop thinking in terms of infrastructure constraints and focus on applications and processes that would advance the business. This new model frees the bridled value of time to market and redundant activities undertaken by expensive knowledge workers. What a concept!
Software defined networking changes thinking from where and how to when, and the when becomes almost immediate. Imagine if your business had to plan an important conference call with a vital client with the first thoughts of what phone to buy and what carrier to use? Business would never happen. You expect to simply pick up the phone and dial.
Unfortunately today when thinking about important business processes and applications, we are forced to stop and think what compute and storage platforms and how to connect them to the network. The competitive advantages of time are lost and the investments in resources are significant. We have succumbed to an IT model that is no longer sustainable and we are reminded of this everyday by our business units’ use of AWS and other providers.
Software Defined Data Center offers another significant advantage to the enterprise from an IT Service Management perspective. Today’s largely physical data center thinks in terms of reactive support and mean time between failures. When you abstract the data center and make it software defined, you shift the model to one that is proactively monitored and generally self-healing. This shift is significant when you apply it operationally downstream. Your user community stops being the monitoring system as workloads are shifted automatically from failed components to available resources before the users notice a hiccup.
The SDDC vision is compelling with tough work ahead as nothing good comes simply. CMI is leading the transformation for our clients as the value of time, efficiency, and competitive advantage is clear. Contact us today to further your journey.