Since 2002, virtualization has enabled server consolidation to contain physical-server sprawl and provided the ability to use compute resources. This caused a major shift in data center operations that affected how applications were deployed, how recovery plans were created, and how infrastructure was scaled. Having a Virtual Infrastructure, the foundation of the Private Cloud, is now a common and efficient way to run a data center.
Even with the efficiency of a Virtual Infrastructure, customers are still looking to do more with the resources they have. What are the key factors that can assist in enhancing the capabilities of the infrastructure, allowing IT to become an even more proactive business enabler?
Consistency, efficiency, lifecycle management, and the ability to understand the cost of running applications are all important. So are orchestration and automation of process. IT professionals need to review internal processes and consider the various cost models for Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud to understand how to ensure the cost efficiency of data center operations.
WEI has been helping our customers improve the efficiency of their data centers, while ensuring consistency and lifecycle management for the applications that make their businesses successful. Is it time for WEI to help you realize more control and efficiency in your IT operations?
The transition from physical servers to Virtual Infrastructures has changed the face of the data center. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has enabled consistency, efficiency, and lifecycle management of data centers over the past few years. Now, a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) can further simplify not only how you choose the hardware that runs in your data center, but also how you develop strategies for managing your IT infrastructure.
The technologies required to build a SDDC are simple. The Virtual Infrastructure that provides your IaaS is a core component that abstracts the operating system from having any type of hardware dependency. The Software Defined Storage (SDS) layer allows you to abstract the storage area networks in the same way Virtual Infrastructure abstracts the operating system from server hardware. The Software Defined Network (SDN) layer enables your network to focus on delivery of data, while allowing you to abstract the details of individual port configurations with a policy-based network that can transition across Private and Public Cloud boundaries.
The adoption of the SDDC allows an IT team to integrate into your business and its strategies with more flexibility, agility, and consistency to meet the demands placed upon it. Need to utilize your Hybrid Cloud resources for a month, without causing an application outage? Need to transition workloads easily between Private and Public Cloud as the cost models change? Need to bring the development environment into the Private Cloud from a Public Cloud resource without any reconfiguration?
Enabled self-service IT resources, that are backed by pooled resources and have the elasticity to scale on demand and run anywhere within your Cloud , can have their costs quantified.
Policy-based management for all aspects of your IT infrastructure is what comprises the SDDC, and creates these types of possibilities. WEI has been helping our customers make the transition to SDDC and enabled policy-based management within their organizations. Is it time for WEI to help your transition?