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What We Need for SDDCs to Meet Their Promise

June 28, 2016

It is possible for widely hyped software-defined data center solutions to meet their promise. But the complexity involved, and the lack of standards on this front makes that a difficult proposition.

That’s the word from Dan Kusnetzky of the Kusnetzky Group in a piece he contributed to TechTarget.

An array of approaches from different vendors offering various piece parts of software-defined data centers solutions is part of the problem, he explained. That sets up customers, who are already frustrated with the silos that exist within their organizations, for a similar situation in the software-centric world, he suggested.

“Moving to a multivendor, software-defined computing environment often exacerbates this sort of problem,” he wrote. “Would it be better to continue the practice of having groups focused on each element of a computing technology, such as database, application frameworks, operating systems, VM software, container software, networks and storage? Or would it be better having multifunction groups housed in each business unit?”

A software-defined data center typically defined as one that is fully virtualized, leverages network resources between data centers, has streamlined management, and enables IT staff to leverage automation so they can focus on strategic pursuits as opposed to mundane tasks. The global SDDC market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 30.98 percent between 2014 and 2019, according to Research and Markets.

Application delivery technologies are among the solutions an array of vendors are now pushing for use within software-defined data centers. ADCs provide application monitoring to ensure the stability of the end-to-end application delivery from client to server.

“When an individual application server fails, the server load balancing function can automatically detect and mitigate the failure,” Frank Yue, director of application delivery solutions at Radware explains in the June issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine, which will post soon to transformingnetworkinfrastructure. “If the problem is location- or network-centric, global server load balancing technologies can redirect the application traffic to available resources.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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