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In this first of a 3-part blog series discussing announcements at the recent EMC World 2015 conference in Las Vegas, I want to focus on what is described as “software-defined”, that is actually rooted in the commoditization of hardware-based solutions.
As EMC’s Federation Chairman and CEO is known to say, “we live in interesting times”, we do indeed, the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) as first envisioned by VMware is becoming a reality – what does it mean for us? As DBAs and System Admins working in today’s traditional IT environments, we are familiar with Storage Arrays (VMAX, VNX, XtremIO) and Archive/Backup Appliances (Avamar, Data Domain, Isilon). So, let’s consider a traditional Admin’s journey to the SDDC.
With the advent of the Software-Defined Data Center, attention is shifting in IT from achieving consolidation and efficiency from Server Virtualization to making a fully automated, zero-downtime Cloud infrastructure a reality.
Today, EMC’s Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) solutions are delivering on the promise of the Software Defined Data Center to those ready to explore and embrace a journey to IDC’s Third Platform of IT, we are also seeing some very interesting shifts in IT to embrace IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) and Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) using EMC’s EHC solutions and Oracle's Enterprise Manager 12c.
From a traditional IT standpoint, the introduction of vVNX Community Edition and virtual Data Domain (vDD) give you the possibility to establish known modes of IT with VNX and Data Domain being able to be deployed within your VMware vSphere infrastructure.
Particularly with vDD, the opportunity to establish Data Domain running as a VM in a remote location syncing back to a central Data Domain DD9500 opens up new architecture design possibilities for protection storage.
Further, with the availability of a FREE unlimited-use Community Edition of EMC’s ScaleIO, massively-scalable, software-defined storage software, you now have the opportunity to re-deploy existing hardware and establish a new storage paradigm within your data centers, at no cost for dev/test environments – how great is that!
Let me know your thoughts on these developments, there’s much more detail to come with the next two blogs in this series, not least the announcement of VCE’s VxRack rack-scale hyper-converged infrastructure and the preview of EMC’s DSSD – the future of rack-scale flash with microsecond latencies!