Today, practically all aspects of an IT environment can be delivered via software-defined tools that abstract functionality from underlying hardware. What started a couple of decades ago with the growth of server virtualization has now turned into “software-defined everything,” or SDx. Organizations increasingly use software-defined solutions to reduce costs, manage risk and enhance agility.
Organizations seeking to simplify data center operations and centralize management can turn to software-defined solutions for all aspects of data center infrastructure, including compute, networking and storage. In addition to “traditional” server virtualization, many data center administrators are looking toward containerization to make their applications even more nimble. A combination of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) can create a more consistent and flexible network environment, even across disparate geographic sites. And software-defined storage (SDS) allows organizations to pool capacity from commodity hardware. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), which brings together networking, storage and compute, often represents organizations’ first steps toward SDx.
A carefully considered strategy should guide any new SDx investments. A trusted IT partner can help organizations with design and implementation, ensuring that software-defined solutions both solve existing problems and push organizations closer to achieving their business goals.
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