A software defined environment where service optimization provides the path — or how the next generation data center can simplify the journey
Over the last two decades, IT organizations have faced an uphill battle against complexity. As business demands have multiplied, scores of technologies have been implemented in an attempt to respond. By and large, this steady organic growth has resulted in data centers that are costly and complex, with over-provisioned physical configurations and siloed management. Virtualization and cloud have helped to stem the tide, but even they are hampered by data center inefficiencies, specifically too little automation and orchestration between data center components.
There are inherent limits to what the data centers can do with a finite set of resources, however cloud-driven they may be. These days, with mobility, social business and big data analytics ratcheting up pressure for greater scalability, continuous availability and real-time responsiveness, the old data center mentality must change.
This paper explores IBM’s vision for the next-generation data center, its potential to be truly revolutionary and the prescribed pathway for getting there.
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