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Software Defined Datacentres (SDDCs): What you need to know.
Daniel Stojanovski 2700062RYQ firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  flexibility software data-centre sddc ibm tivoli
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Today’s businesses face the difficult task of achieving greater resilience, simplification and integration – all while using resources more effectively to increase business value and cut costs. SDDCs are one solution that can help you deliver on these imperatives.
In my view, there are several factors that need to be considered for your business to realise the benefits of SDDCs. For starters, you need to assess your current infrastructure and business logic and define application requirements, SLAs, policies and cost considerations. A successful SDDC should address the following aspects of the IT environment:
• Standardisation – This means eliminating complexities in infrastructure that come from the deployment of different vendors’ technologies.
• Holistic approach – You need a unified platform optimised for the entire data centre, so you can flexibly support all workloads which are deployed. This includes legacy applications, traditional systems and cloud services.
• Adaptive – Self-programmable infrastructure can dynamically configure and reconfigure the environment according to changing application demands for maximum performance, agility and efficiency.
• Automated – The incorporation of a management framework with built-in intelligence to eliminate complex manual processes allows for scale operations with less manual intervention.
• Resilient – A software-based architecture compensates for any software or hardware issues, delivering unprecedented resiliency at minimum cost.
When the concept of SDDCs is applied to daily operations, it enables you to quickly deliver new social, mobile and real-time applications in line with customer demand. SDDCs also integrate relatively easily with public cloud offerings such as Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure and Rackspace. This means you can expand your capabilities to a near limitless amount of compute, storage and network resources, all managed from a single console know as a ‘single pane of glass’.
One major advantage of all this is cost savings, which are realised through better resource utilisation. SDDCs extend the value of your IT investment by maximising all existing physical infrastructure and dynamically allocating and shifting workloads to accommodate changing demand patterns. Their fault tolerance capabilities are another key benefit. SDDCs allow applications to compensate for faults that may occur from failing hardware, providing failover, redundancy and fault tolerance for critical operations.
Imagine, for instance, a disk on a business-critical application is beginning to fail. The SDDC software identifies this and either automatically redirects workloads to other servers, thereby minimising service-level recovery time, or moves entire workload in real-time, resulting in zero downtime within the datacentre.
The benefits of SDDCs don’t just apply to your business. Your customers will experience a reliable and consistent experience time and again, no matter whether you are experiencing regular demand, unprecedented excess demand, a once-a-year occurrence or a total loss of your primary server.
If you are interested in learning more about how your organisation stands to benefit from Software Defined Datacentres (SDDCs) I encourage you to contact me via my IBM rep page: www.ibm.com/myrep/au/dstojanovski