Virtualization Management: A Key Step in the Journey to a SDDC

As your data center grows more complex and more central to meeting your company’s business needs, old technologies and processes may not be up to the task. 

That’s why many savvy IT professionals are deploying virtualization management tools and converged infrastructures as well as software-defined networks and storage. By doing so, they are setting the foundation to complete the transformation to a Software Defined Data Center.

Effective virtualization management is an important step in the journey because it provides many of the tools required for proper automation. Virtualization management also helps you leverage your current investments in IT resources more effectively so they achieve better performance.

CIOs that help their companies successfully complete the transformation from a manual data center to the automated environment will particularly appreciate how a Software Defined Data Center helps them make decisions in four critical areas:

  1. Provides a business-focused approach: Shifting from a technology or device approach to one that supports how people work—both within the data center and throughout the organization— is one of the main benefits of a Software Defined Data Center. Such an environment automates the delivery of IT resources through a unified process—so the data center operates the way you want, not the way component or siloed technologies demand.
  2. Simplifies data center management: Simpler is better. Rather than using multiple tools to manage the variety of technologies in today’s data center—from servers to switches to storage devices—the Software Defined Data Center provides a single platform for monitoring, updating and scaling server, storage and networking resources.
  3. Increases the speed of service delivery: The use of automation and software-defined mapping of server, storage and networking resources provides greater agility, control, efficiency and reliability when deploying enterprise technology services.
  4. Extends benefits of automation and orchestration: With a properly-configured Software Defined Data Center, you are poised to extend the benefits of automation and orchestration into any IT services delivery workflow. This means that previously-complex IT services can be deployed in a standard, repeatable fashion.

The Software Defined Data Center also levels the playing field for the underlying compute, networking and storage infrastructures—by bringing together infrastructures that may be currently independent or siloed and turning them into a singularly controllable environment. This new environment can then be centrally monitored and managed. In addition, collaborative decision-making can be implemented via a single console to accurately direct resources and network profiles. This creates subtle changes that can deliver significant improvements.

The Benefits of a Software Defined Data Center

Deploying a Software Data Center represents an operational move from manual, siloed technologies and processes to an integrated, automated data center infrastructure and environment. The approach increases the physical speed of IT resources while also delivering consistent performance:

  • Uses standards-based best practices to simplify service management while cutting costs and offering a dramatically simpler infrastructure model. This makes it easier to improve operational agility, reduce operational costs and re-assign specialized resources away from mundane tasks.
  • Brings together technology infrastructures, which may be currently independent or siloed, turning them into a singularly controllable entity.
  • Facilitates collaborative decision-making via a single console to accurately direct resources and network profiles—subtle changes that deliver significant improvements.

The Software Defined Data Center also lays the groundwork for using service management best practices for IT service management (ITSM), which enables you to align your IT services with the needs of your business—rather than the other way around. By separating the management of your data center from the actual devices residing in it, so that the management process lives above the devices, you can better control your entire data center from a single location.

Helping IT Play a Bigger Role in the Success of the Business

The conventional data center has been the traditional vehicle for supporting businesses. Ironically, while technology has liberated organizations from the bricks and mortar that once defined and contained them, many data centers have remained behind—like a fixed point in space and time.

Now is the time to move to the new model: the Software Defined Data Center. The approach is less tied to a physical space and more integrated into the very fabric of an organization. This type of data center still has all the technology inside with the blinking lights and wiring closets.

But it also now extends outward to the point where the business interacts with customers and partners. This in turn makes it easier for employees to conduct business—and thus increases the importance of the role that IT plays in helping the business thrive.

For help in deploying a virtualization management tool to start your company on its way to completing the transformation to a Software Defined Data Center, consider working with an IT solution provider to accelerate the process. Doing so also ensures you apply best practices while avoiding the pitfalls that other companies like yours have encountered. By collaborating closely, you and your IT partner can create an integrated management solution that expedites system deployment, speeds problem resolution and scales to meet your business needs.

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