Enterprise Management Associates Announces New Research on Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC)

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New study identifies obstacles and priorities on the way to managing the data center and external resources in a performance-, resilience-, security- and SLA-driven manner.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today released its latest research report entitled, "Obstacles and Priorities on the Journey to the Software-Defined Data Center." Based on research criteria defined by EMA Research Director, Systems Management, Torsten Volk, and EMA VP of Research, Network Management, Jim Frey, this major research study examines the expertise and opinions of early adopters and visionaries to determine obstacles and priorities on the way to managing the data center and external resources—IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and, ultimately, BPaaS—in a performance-, resilience-, security- and SLA-driven manner

At the core of the SDDC is the belief that in order to better serve the business, IT infrastructure—internal and external—must be controlled centrally and become radically aligned along application and service requirements. Deploying, operating, managing and updating applications in the most cost-effective, secure, agile and policy-compliant manner is the key goal of the SDDC. Business units are exerting a tremendous amount of pressure on the IT department to accelerate this process, requiring IT to obtain new skills, such as "programming," and to focus on developing cross-domain expertise.

Today there are no central management technologies that are able to control and unify the entire data center and the public cloud. However, this EMA research illustrates that successfully implementing the SDDC starts with an IT operations mindset that focuses on reinventing the infrastructure provisioning and management process in a much more policy-driven manner.

"Study respondents acknowledged the fact that the SDDC cannot be implemented in the form of a technology project, but rather constitutes a concept that describes guidelines that follow the multi-year vision of entirely closing the traditional gap between enterprise IT and the business," said Volk.

This in-depth research explores:

  • The key components and business drivers of the SDDC
  • The SDDC technologies and services IT professionals will invest in and which ones promise the highest ROI
  • The key considerations when optimally placing new applications and the core risks
  • The key challenges when creating new application environments
  • How the Software Defined Storage (SDS) can enhance the data center
  • The ‘net’ impact of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and network virtualization
  • How the SDDC concept increase the ROI of private and public cloud
  • The role of OpenStack within the SDDC and the key reasons for adopting OpenStack
  • The role security plays within the SDDC

"Our study focused on organizations that are committed to the SDDC path and reveal a range of best practices experiences that span compute, storage, and networking across internal and external cloud environments, while highlighting the influence of standards, legacy infrastructure, and more," said Frey.

The EMA "Obstacles and Priorities on the Journey to the Software-Defined Data Center" Research Report is available online.

Frey and Volk will reveal key highlights from this new research in a live Webinar on Tuesday, February 18.

About Enterprise Management Associates

Founded in 1996, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help its clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com or blogs.enterprisemanagement.com.

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