The next-generation data center – A software defined environment where service optimization provides the path

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.

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.