How Software-Defined Everything will Disrupt IT Market

By CIOReview | Thursday, October 6, 2016
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Software-Defined Everything (SDE) is a proposed topic which presents different software-defined computing technologies under a single umbrella. SDE technologies include Software-Defined Storage (SDS), Software-Defined Storage Networks, Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDC), Software-Defined Computing, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN). The term SDE clearly describes a way in which abstracted and virtualized workloads are wrapped within the hardware to make IT infrastructures more mobile and flexible with the help of software. The computing infrastructures are virtualized and hardware is replaced by the intelligent software in SDE to manage and control data center infrastructure.

The evolution of software-defined everything enable virtualization of the whole technology pile, which includes storage, network, compute, and security layers. SDE builds agility in the way organizations are delivering IT services. A report by Deloitte explained that SDE will become a market disruptor in the near future and it will change the whole scenario of how CIOs reimagined things. It will automate the whole operating environment by virtualizing them. With the latest researches and technological advancements, the concept of the software-defined data center is already in the market to democratize the whole IT world.

Forrester reported that by 2017, 58 percent of all workloads will be supported by the private clouds, hosted private clouds, and static virtual servers. This number is more than double of the actual workloads directly installed on the physical servers. Therefore, the isolated silos between virtual and physical servers need company efforts to implement software-defined everything. A recent study by Computer Economics found that on an average, data center infrastructure and operations uses 18 percent of the overall IT spending. Therefore, the task of software-defined everything is defined to decrease total cost of ownership by implementing virtual technologies, reducing hardware, and providing speed to the operations.

Software-defined data center (SDDC) is a term used for the technology that virtualizes the data storage facility. Intelligent software systems are used in place of hardware to fully automate the data center and which breaks the stereotype of conventional data centers. VMware proposed SDDC at its 2012 annual virtualization conference and called it a next big thing in IT. While presenting SDDC, VMware said that it will revolutionize the whole concept of IT infrastructure, which is mainly dependent upon hardware and devices.

SDDC virtualizes all its elements, storage, networking, CPU and security so that companies can fulfill network and computing needs of various clients. Due to its scalability, SDDC is revamping whole IT infrastructure and assisting clients to fulfill their networking, storage, and computing needs without building a separate infrastructure. Clients can simply access the services of SDDC by using cloud computing. Therefore, SDDC is very beneficial for organizations as it helps in cutting down spending on IT infrastructure because as the company will now use virtualized resources so the utilization of hardware will also be decreased. The maturity of SDDC is still up for debate, but, Gartner predicted that by 2020, the programmatic capabilities of future-state SDDC will fulfill the needs of about 75 percent of Global 2000 enterprises.

Software-defined networking (SDN) is an architecture which wraps different types of network technologies and transforms them into a more flexible and intelligent virtualized server. It assists network administrators in shaping the network flow with the help of cloud architectures, so they can quickly respond to changing business needs with the help of a centralized control console. It helps companies in escalating application deployment along with decreasing the IT infrastructure cost.

Software-defined storage (SDS) is a term coined for a technology which controls data storage by using computer programs. The implementation of SDS reduces the load of physical storage devices and control whole storage mechanism with the help of software. The basic concept behind SDS is to take a tactical shift towards software-based storage options instead of hardware storage. Implementing SDS is like using virtual storage instead of buying separate hardware devices to store company data.

SDN and SDS are core components of software-defined data centers, whose individual operations revamps whole data center infrastructure. Now companies are progressively shifting towards implementing Software-defined everything in company infrastructure. It will help them in bridging the gaps between the organization and technology and shifting towards virtual infrastructure. SDE automates the working of the whole IT infrastructure and creates a possibility of changing IT environment quickly to meet ever increasing business needs.