What is Software-Defined Infrastructure?
Software-defined infrastructure consists of fully virtualized compute, networking, and storage resources that are logically pooled and can be managed as if they were software. This allows policy-based infrastructure provisioning and enables IT automation.
Why software-defined infrastructure?
Software-defined infrastructure is not tied to specific hardware and can operate with little human intervention. This model allows many critical IT functions to be fully integrated and automated. Major benefits include:
- Simplified, standardized IT consumption models: Full data center virtualization allows compute, networking, and storage resources to be flexibly configured on a per-application basis from commoditized hardware.
- Automated configuration, backups, and data recovery: Application-aware infrastructure automatically handles application requirements, security, and disaster-preparedness functions.
- Ease of management: App store-like management dashboards can be used to provision and monitor software-defined infrastructure.
- Fully integrated hybrid cloud capabilities: SDI is capable of placing workloads in private or public clouds as appropriate to maintain data integrity while increasing speed and efficiency and decreasing costs.