Software-Defined

How to Keep Up with Change and Accelerate Your Way to a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)

by savitakini ‎05-12-2016 06:19 AM - edited ‎05-12-2016 02:13 PM (3,328 Views)

 

 

Technology advances in all areas of our life have changed the way we work, live, and play. Change is a constant -- but it's often dificult to manage because change goes against human nature. But if you want to stay in business and remain competitive -- you must adapt to take advantage new technologies to enable your business and innovate. 

 

The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

Photo Credit: Imgfave -- Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman

 

 

This is especially relevant for IT and in data center design.  Traditional hardware-centric data centers are not able to keep pace with the needs of modern IT. Provisioning is slow, expensive, and error-prone -- hindering services delivery in the era of mobile, social, cloud, and Big Data. 

 

A Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is an approach to simplifying, automating, and scaling data center infrastructure and operations. This includes virtualizing and automating all compute, storage, and network resources. However, the network is the most crucial link that connects resources inside the data center and also interconnects across data centers and the cloud. 

 

Just as a sports car needs modern, best-in-class technologies from bumper to bumper, a SDDC needs next-generation networking in its architectural design, commonly known as the New IP, to deliver performance and scalability. 

 

Brocade is leading the way in delivering solutions that can help you realize the promise of the New IP.  Brocade has joined forces with VMware to deliver on the vision of a virtualized, software-driven, automated, agile, and highly scalable data center that is cloud ready.

 

The New IP allows for evolutionary change. You can build on what you have today…leveraging the gains you’ve made with server virtualization and storage virtualization. The next phase involves virtualizing and automating the network, connecting VMs and virtualized storage pools, and moving data between them. Virtualized Network Functions (VNF) for network services like security, load balancing, will help you complete your vision of a virtualized data center. However, to achieve the vision, underlying network infrastructure has to be robust and automated first.

 

The data center will always need a physical layer network, or underlay. It will likely be  managed with software running on top of it. The software layer automates and virtualizes the underlying hardware so that it can be configured quickly as and when required. Brocade data center fabrics, based on decades of experience building robust and automated storage networks, are integrated with VMware NSX and vRealize orchestrator, to help take the first step for automation and agility in the data center. Brocade virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC), is also integrated with VMware Horizon view provides load balancing and traffic management for seamless and robust application delivery in hybrid cloud deployments.

 

Together with VMware, Brocade can help you maximize your technology investments in the data center. You can streamline operations, enhance performance, increase automation and agility within the data center as well as between data centers. 

 

No one can be certain of what innovations are still to come, but you can start building an adaptable network to deal with change, which, as Charles Darwin pointed out, is really the key to survival. 

 

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." -- Charles Darwin

 

See how Brocade and VMware can help you be ready for change. 

Read our At-A-Glance: Building the Flexible Foundation for SDDC