Wikibon: The Future of the Data Center: Software Will Lead The Way (with infographic)

InsightaaS: Wikibon is one of the Internet's best sources of IT industry insight - an open source community of world-leading analysts that has its roots in storage and system research, and has evolved to be a leader in understanding software-led infrastructure, Big Data, and cloud. In this post, founder David Vellante describes the ways in which 'hyperscale' cloud suppliers like Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook are changing the ways in which IT management thinks about future capacity and the ability to meet evolving user needs. In the infographic associated with the post, Vellante makes a compelling argument that availability, performance, scalability and security will shape new approaches to capacity planning - and states in the post that open source hardware and software (OCP, Open Stack) will play key roles as this evolution unfolds.

Amazon has turned the data center into an API and that has created a dramatic shift in the enterprise. The Internet giants — we sometimes refer to them as the hyperscale crowd (e.g. Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, etc.) — are paving the way for the next generation data center. This brings several challenges to IT organizations including pressure from the corner office to replicate the speed, agility and efficiency of these innovators. The problem is, most IT organizations don’t have the engineering capacity of a Google. IT organizations will spend money (with a vendor) to save on management costs (i.e. they’ll buy a more expensive solution that is easier to manage). Internet giants on the other hand will spend time (engineering time) to save money. It’s a very different mindset.

So how can enterprise IT managers replicate public cloud capabilities within their own organizations? The primary goal for all data centers has been to connect users to applications using three core infrastructure components designed to meet specific requirements: compute, storage, and networking — on which so-called stacks are built...

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