Switching to a software-defined data center isn’t as easy as click, drag and drop. It requires planning, resources and time. Ingram Micro Technology Consultants Nick Vermiglio and Bernie Franczak provide insights into the challenges you may encounter transitioning to a software-defined data center and how to overcome them.
Challenge: Partners want to make the right decision when it comes to adopting a new technology, so some are taking a wait-and-see approach.
Solution: Embrace it. The software-defined data center is inevitable, due to increasing data traffic, big data, analytics and other technologies that require more efficient network, compute and storage infrastructure. And businesses want more agility. ReportsnReports expects the global software-defined data center market to grow at a compounded annual rate of 28.8% to reach $77.18 billion by 2020. Research and Markets estimates a compound annual growth rate of 22.09% for a market size of $81.38 billion by the end of 2021.
2.) Hardware constraints
Challenge: Making the transition to a software-defined data center requires data center administrators to work within the limits dictated by the underlying hardware, like bandwidth, processing and other resources.
Solution: Start small. One recommendation to software-defined data center adoption is to focus on one element at a time. For example, if your existing compute environment has network flow and security issues, focus on software-defined networking. Or, if you’re dealing with vast volumes of data and want to make your data more scalable and efficient, focus on software-defined storage.
3.) Organizational change
Challenge: Running infrastructure groups in separate silos, like network, compute and storage, in a software-defined environment requires rethinking the overall vision of the organization’s goals.
Solution: Redefine your goals. As a company transitions to a software-defined environment, CIOs will need to coordinate delivering services optimized for it, which requires collaboration across the network, compute and storage silos.
4.) Roles and skills
Challenge: Data center administrators may be worried about their current skill sets and if they have what they need for the new software-defined data center.
Solution: Skill up. Data center administrator skill sets will need to adapt to the environment. Their roles will be less about configuration and more about management and determining their organizations’ networks, compute and storage needs.
Read on to learn more about transitioning your business for the software-defined data center: