The software-defined data center (SDDC) is increasingly considered to be the next step in the evolution of virtualization and cloud computing. It typically consists of three core components: network virtualization, server virtualization, and storage virtualization. But a business logic layer is also required to translate application requirements, SLAs, policies, and cost considerations into provisioning and management instructions.
The Need for a Business Logic Layer
With SDDC, control of the data center is fully automated, with hardware configurations maintained through intelligent software systems. This contrasts sharply with traditional data centers, where the infrastructure is typically defined by hardware and devices. By abstracting storage, server, and networking functionality throughout the data center, you benefit from increased virtualization while maintaining the ability to support and manage legacy enterprise applications.
It’s the business logic layer though that allows you to leverage this abstraction to coordinate and apply resources to ensure that applications have the capacity, availability, and response time SLAs that your business requires. All of this means that you can more rapidly provision infrastructure and applications.
The result is increased productivity so you can focus more on innovation and high-value-added activities, and less on managing data center hardware through multiple, vendor-specific management tools. In a nutshell, the business logic layer allows you to more efficiently manage existing data centers and to more quickly deliver applications and service to internal clients.
Avoiding IT Sprawl
A converged infrastructure addresses the problem of siloed architectures and IT sprawl by pooling and sharing IT resources that are managed using business logic. Rather than dedicating a set of resources to a particular computing technology, application, or line of business, converged infrastructure create a pool of virtualized capacity that is shared. No more sprawl! This greatly reduces both your Capex and Opex costs compared with operating a traditional data center environment – and it streamline your data center administration and management.
Simplifying Data Center Operations
The level of abstraction enabled by the business logic layer allows you to automate and more efficiently orchestrate policies and allocate hardware resources to accommodate business demands. It allows you to efficiently tie together network, storage, and server virtualization to simplify data center management and operations. And simpler is always better in the data center.
Moving to Converged Data Center Infrastructure
By leveraging software-defined infrastructure and a business logic layer that abstracts the functionality of data center hardware, you can more efficiently pool available resources, automate the provisioning of applications and services, and scale up or down to meet changing computing workload needs. This is huge in today’s digitally-agile business climate.
If you’re trying to identify what type of converged data center solution will be the best fit for your needs, please read about our Converged Data Center Practice.