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 organization to deliver IT services in the most efficient way possible. It optimizes 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.
Create the right SDE foundation
Software Defined Networking (SDN) offers a next-generation alternative to management at the physical device level, which can be a bottleneck in the data center.
IBM Software Defined Network for Virtual Environments (SDN VE) creates a virtual network for virtual machines (VMs). This virtual network is decoupled 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 centralized control. SDN VE incorporates open source components to enable an ecosystem of network services.
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 utilization and do it in a cost-effective manner.
To share data on demand across the data center 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 virtualize storage and simplify management from a single point of control.
Software Defined Compute provides workload-aware infrastructure management and optimization. It opens up a choice of platforms for virtualization 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 virtualized 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 maximize utilization, ensure compliance and decrease administrative costs beyond the data center.
Monitoring and managing applications and data within your four walls can be difficult enough. Move to a cloud and your IT organization 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 realize 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 pre-packaged extensions to take your cloud services to the next level.
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Demystifying Software Defined Environments
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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Software Defined Environments: The evolution of agile, optimized information technology.
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