Architectures For Defined Infrastructure

software defined infrastructure

Data Center Architectures are evolving along multiple dimensions. Broad acceptance of public cloud infrastructures has allowed enterprise companies to build out hybrid cloud architectures to take advantage of the emergence of cost effective scalable infrastructure from a third party organization such as AWS.

Hybrid solutions enable the combination of private infrastructure to provide the benefits of the cloud via a regulated compliant framework. Flexibilty enables the continued use of public cloud for ‘sand box’ trialing or for secure product development by R&D teams, while allowing simple integration into the private cloud infrastructure of the enterprise.

The Private cloud is a virtual computing platform that allows pooling of all infrastructure resources, from compute to security, storage and networking. The Software Defined Infrastructure is the key to unlocking rigid vertical platforms which are generally significantly underutilized, as well as removing the manual compliance anchors to speed and agility.

The Software Defined Infrastructure addresses 8 key infrastructure building blocks that currently do not benefit from virtualization.

- Capacity Management
- Monitoring
- Orchestration
- Automation
- Compute*
- Storage
- Security
- Network

*Server virtualization has been a huge success in enabling multiple virtual machines to coexist on the same CPU, however, in most enterprise data centers today, there continues to exist the legacy of mainframe or vertical server platforms, or the culture of retaining physical x.86 infrastructure for Tier 1 applications.

Network based Software Defined Security (SDS) secures virtualized network components from within the virtual infrastructure, just as virtualization abstracts computing away from physical hardware, software defined security untethers security from expensive single purpose security appliances. This decoupling of provisioning of discreet security services from a third party vendors security hardware device is at the root of SDS. Virtualisation security is adaptable and automated.

Software-defined storage, a foundational component of the software-defined data center, abstracts storage resources to enable pooling, replication and on-demand distribution. The result is a storage layer much like that of virtualized compute—aggregated, flexible, efficient and scalable. The benefits are across-the-board reductions in the cost and complexity of storage infrastructure.

Software-defined storage enables consistent policies across all resources in the heterogeneous storage pool, making consumption as simple as specifying the capacity, performance and availability requirements for each application or virtual machine. This policy-based automation maximizes the utilization of underlying storage resources while minimizing administrative overhead.

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