The enabling role of the software-defined model for data centers

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According to IDC, the software-defined model is set to be the dominant paradigm for new data centers and data center transformation initiatives.

The -defined software model is rapidly gaining consensus and market as a new architectural approach to improve the agility of IT and business. IDC’s studies show how the software-defined infrastructure paradigm is seen by companies that are already using it as an important evolution of traditional virtualization, able to reduce the capital costs of data centers and accelerate the adoption of environments of cloud hybrid.

IDC aggregates the three main software-defined components – server (computational component), storage (data management) and networking (data transport) – under the segment called software-defined infrastructure (SDI). This will be the voice with the fastest ever growth of the entire IT infrastructure market in the coming years, with forecasts that speak of a 2014-2019 CAGR of 23.8% and a market value of over 50 billion dollars worldwide in 2019. Among the three main components that make up the SDI market, software-defined networking (SDN) will be the one that will grow faster in the period 2014-2019: + 63.4% of CAGR.

Most companies that have adopted an SDI component are said to be interested in using this model to support a mix of existing and new, even mission-critical applications. 70% of respondents consider the SDI model a cloud strategy enabler and 97% consider open source to be a fundamental part of SDI architectures. All organizations also expect substantial improvements in business agility, the ability to reduce IT costs and the ability to create and implement the so-called next generation applications.

TO BETTER ADDRESS THIS TRANSITION PHASE, ONE MUST NECESSARILY GO BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL DATA CENTER MODEL

That’s why IDC believes the SDI model will be the dominant architectural paradigm for most new data centers and data center transformation initiatives. Converging and hyperconvergent technologies will emerge as both the main mechanisms for implementing the software-defined paradigm in existing IT environments, as well as the actual “building blocks” for the next generation of SDDC (software-defined data center) data centers and for corporate cloud infrastructures.

 

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