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Manage all workloads with an efficient, scalable Software Defined Environment (SDE)

Imagine an entire IT infrastructure controlled not by hands and hardware, but by software. One in which workloads like big data and analytics are serviced automatically by the most appropriate resource.

A Software Defined Environment (SDE) enables your organisation to deliver IT services in the most efficient way possible. It optimises your compute, storage and networking infrastructure so it can adapt to the type of work required. Shared software management tools dynamically assign and manage workloads, transforming a static IT infrastructure into a workload-aware environment.

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Software Defined Networks (SDN)

Software Defined Storage

Software Defined Compute

Software Defined Management

Software Defined Networking (SDN) offers a next-generation alternative to management at the physical device level, which can be a bottleneck in the data centre.

IBM Software Defined Network for Virtual Environments (SDN VE) creates a virtual network for virtual machines (VMs). This virtual network is de-coupled and isolated from the physical network, much like VMs are separated from the host server hardware. This approach enables virtual networks to be created without any changes to the existing network – meaning it can be wired once.

Provisioning and administration are simplified and automated, and IP and MAC addresses can be reused, permitting logical separation of networks for multi-tenancy. OpenFlow-enabled switches and a programmable network controller provide centralised control. SDN VE incorporates open source components to enable an ecosystem of network services.

SDN market will increase
from $360 million in 2013
to 3.7 billion in 2016

Source: IDC, *SDN Shakes Up the Status Quo in
Datacenter Networking, IDC Says* 19 December 2012

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Software Defined Storage (SDS) is one of the most critical elements of a Software Defined Environment. To manage huge surges in data driven by mobile and social technologies, SDS pools physical storage resources, regardless of the vendor, to improve utilisation and do it in a cost-effective manner.

To share data on demand across the data centre environment, you can build a scalable infrastructure today with IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS), SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center (VSC) and other IBM storage solutions. When enabled in an SDS infrastructure, GPFS helps you take advantage of both local server storage and shared storage networks to respond to big data requirements. VSC is appropriate for a fibre channel SAN environment and helps virtualise storage and simplify management from a single point of control.


Time to market reduced
by 91%
with automated
software development

Source: IBM retail client, September 2013


Software Defined Compute provides workload-aware infrastructure management and optimisation. It opens up a choice of platforms for virtualisation across leading hypervisors. That means IBM PowerVM, PowerVC, z/VM, and KVM, as well as VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, are all enabled on IBM systems to deliver enterprise-class performance and management support in a virtualised environment. KVM (kernel-based virtual machine) is tuned not only for Windows and Linux workloads on x86-based hardware like IBM System x, but now also on POWER, System z, PureFlex and Flex Systems platforms.

With intelligent resource scheduling, Software Defined Compute helps maximise utilisation, ensure compliance and decrease administrative costs beyond the data centre.


More responsive with
intelligent resource
Source: IBM retail client, September 2013

Monitoring and managing applications and data within your four walls can be difficult enough. Move to a cloud and your IT organisation faces challenges amplified by the Software Defined Environment. Addressing issues of security and compliance, performance monitoring, workload balancing, and application and data integration quickly and cost-effectively can help you realise the potential of a hybrid cloud.

IBM offers hybrid cloud solutions to help you orchestrate the information flow to and from the cloud. You can also extend IBM Tivoli monitoring tools to manage internal services to cloud service management. And the next-generation automation solution, IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator built on OpenStack technology, also uses prepackaged extensions to take your cloud services to the next level.


Up to 3x productivity
improvement based on
integrated management

Source: IBM retail client, September 2013

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Demystifying Software Defined Environments

Learn more about the Software Defined Environment (SDE).

An essential introduction to Software Defined Environments: what, how and why an SDE can help your infrastructure be simplified, adaptive and responsive.

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Meeting the challenges of today's business world with Smarter Computing

Jamie Thomas, IBM GM, talks about how the Software Defined Environment is transforming IT.

Optimising the network for greater performance and user control

Clabby Analytics report on OpenFlow and Software Defined Networks (SDN).

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Manage today's physical and virtual networks with Software Defined Networking (SDN).

Creating a workload-aware IT infrastructure

Software Defined Environments: The evolution of agile, optimised information technology.

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IBM Software Defined Network for Virtual Environments

Learn how network virtualisation can deliver the benefits of an agile data centre.

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