Software Defined Datacenter

Scale Computing and APC by Schneider Electric Launch 'Micro Data Center in a Box'

Written by David Marshall

Scale Computing has partnered with APC by Schneider Electric to deliver a Micro Data Center in a Box solution.

By utilizing Schneider Electric's award-winning Micro Data Center portfolio of infrastructure solutions, the Micro Data Center in a Box is able to deliver a fast, cost effective and resilient solution for channel partners, MSPs and end users while meeting the distinct challenges of big data and IoT faced by many businesses today.

The joint platform is built on a highly simplified but extremely effective and adaptable infrastructure. Micro Data Center in a Box offers a range of shared automated virtualization, compute, storage and power management resources. Under the terms of the agreement, Scale Computing supplies its HC3 HyperCore software while APC delivers a self-contained and secure enclosure. This solution allows organizations to simply and efficiently deliver a complete and highly energy efficient IT solution that is pre-tested, optimized and able to be rapidly deployed. This allows for a reliable and robust environment to leverage the best of on-premise and multi-cloud infrastructures.

The Micro Data Center in a Box requires minimal IT expertise and no additional infrastructure software. Instead, it is a highly available, self-managing platform for running applications at the edge. The added pay as you grow flexibility enables organizations to start small and grow their IT as and when needed. In addition, it has built-in redundancy to provide business continuity, even in remote edge locations. The solution is pre-packaged and ships ready to be deployed, providing a quick, turn-key and simple IT infrastructure, optimized to immediately support edge computing needs.

Kaspersky Lab Joins the VMware NSX Partner Program to Bring Security of Software-Defined Data Centers to the Next Level

Grazed from Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab today announced it has extended the company’s collaboration with VMware to help enhance security capabilities of today’s software-defined data centers. Kaspersky Lab, a VMware TAP Elite partner, now joins the VMware NSX Partner Program to further improve protection of business-critical data for enterprises.

Upon shipping the newest release of Kaspersky Security for Virtualization, this expanded relationship will give mutual customers the ability to deploy cutting-edge virtualized platforms for business critical workloads, empowered by a security solution which easily follows all infrastructure and network topology changes to defend the entire organization and its infrastructure from external and internal threats as well as from known or unknown vulnerabilities.

Cloud Computing: Are software defined data centers for real?

Grazed from DataCenterDynamics. Author: Hawkins Hua.

As IT infrastructure and operations have become more complex, technologies such as cloud and virtualization have been implemented to adapt to various business needs. Over the past decade, server virtualization has redefined the deployment, management and optimization of computing resources, transforming the data center into a more adaptable and efficient platform for business applications. Application loads that once ran on static, dedicated servers are now hosted in dynamic, virtualized server environments that can be scaled and shaped on demand.

While virtualization reshapes data center operations, enabling enterprises to deploy affordable, rack-based servers that can be pooled and allocated to shifting application demands, the transformation is incomplete. Network and storage assets in data centers remain tightly siloed and statically configured. Few facilities are capable of automating and orchestrating the management of pooled network and storage hardware...

Cloud Computing: EMC CEO Talks Up The Software-Defined Data Center

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: Tony Kontzer.

Calling the IT mega trends of cloud, big data and mobility “tremendously disruptive and tremendously opportunistic,” Joe Tucci, the CEO of storage giant EMC, delivered a keynote at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference Tuesday that aimed to position the company’s expanding technology stack at the center of those trends.

The anchor of EMC’s strategy is the so-called “software-defined data center,” which enables control layers to be abstracted from the underlying infrastructure, allowing for pooling of processing cores, network resources, storage --you name it...

Cloud Computing: Software Defined Data Center - Marketing or Meaty?

Grazed from NetworkComputing.  Author: Tom Hollingsworth.

It seems like all IT hardware is now being defined by software. In the network, software defined networking (SDN) is a daily topic of debate. On the storage side, discussions about abstraction and programmability are starting to be lumped into the category of Software Defined Storage (SDS). And now a term is emerging to denote the convergence of all these things into something much bigger: the software defined data center (SDDC).

SDDC was coined by the former CTO of VMware, Dr. Steve Herrod. The first mention was at Interop 2012. Dr. Herrod was talking about the convergence of networking, storage, and server virtualization and how it would affect engineers and architects and change their vision of the data center...

Interop Cloud Experts Debate SDN's Future

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: David F. Carr.

Software-defined networking (SDN) has been in the "coming soon" category for many years, but an Interop keynote panel discussion on the topic showed room for debate over what it ought to look like when it finally gets here. SDN is too often spoken of as a single event that will wipe away all current networking technologies, when in fact "the underpinnings are already in place," said moderator Eric Hanselman, chief analyst at 451 Research.

The point of SDN is to make networks easy to configure and reconfigure in software rather than hardware, with many more networking functions migrating from being embedded capabilities of a network appliance to being defined in software. Network systems are migrating incrementally in that direction as networks follow the same path toward virtualization as servers and storage, he said. Ultimately, the goal is to provide every data center with the flexibility associated with cloud computing...

VMware IaaS: Converting from virtualization to a software-defined data center

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: David Davies.

Converting a virtualized data center to a software-defined data center enables automation and self-service. In practice, VMware's software-defined data center concept restructures the data center's software and the virtualization admin's role to provide Infrastructure as a Service.

"Software-defined data center" (SDDC) is a generic term that doesn't describe any particular vendor's solution. However, VMware coined the term -- a very new concept and one that is not even fully fulfilled by VMware's current offering. You could implement a software-defined data center with other competitive solutions, but VMware is the only vendor using the SDDC moniker. VMware says that its software-defined data center concept is different from other cloud offerings, with a focus on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)...

Anuta Networks Accelerates the Delivery of Software Defined Data Centers

Grazed from Anuta Networks.  Author: PR Announcement

Anuta Networks, the industry-first provider of network services virtualization solutions, today announced three new product enhancements for its nCloudX platform to enable cloud service providers and enterprises to achieve the promise of the software defined data center. Specifically, Anuta nCloudX now includes integration with VMware vCloud Director, support for virtual appliances from multiple vendors and integration with OpenStack.

"We are confident about the evolution of Software Defined Data Center, and the role of Virtual Appliances in the L2-L7 services. Anuta brings a unique technology of Network Service Orchestration for the Software Defined Data Center," said Tomohiro Iwamoto, General Manager, Net One Systems, Japan. "We believe that there is a strong requirement for this type of technology and solutions in Japanese market."


Channel Partners Poised to Help Enterprises Build Software-Defined Networks

Grazed from CIO. Author: John Moore.

Software-defined networking (SDN) is an emerging field, subject to some confusion and very much an early-adopter exercise at the moment. Channel partners-resellers, systems integrators and consultancies-often carve niches in such immature fields, providing advice and deployment help to customers who lack sufficient in-house knowledge. That tendency is beginning to play out in SDN. Technology vendors have already started recruiting integrators and other channel allies. The companies that seek to populate the SDN channel say they are studying the technology so they can be in a position to assist customers.

IT managers, however, suggest SDN adopters may or may not need channel support. Cloud service providers and academic institutions-who are considered the first wave of SDN deployment-typically possess deep technical skills and prefer to accumulate their own expertise rather than hire outsiders...

The role of software-defined networks in cloud computing

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Noelle.

It may seem ironic, but the most difficult thing about software-defined networking is actually defining it. Given the elasticity of views about what a software-defined network is, it's hardly surprising that SDN's specific role in the cloud is elusive. There are two software-defined networking models and two different SDN missions in cloud computing. Since networks create the cloud, managing the interplay between these two factors could be the key to cloud efficiency and success.

As an information service, the Internet treats the network as a transparent partner. With the cloud, a user's applications reside in, and become part of, the cloud. And most agree that means at least some of the network must be integrated with the cloud. The current consensus is that the data center has to be made cloud-specific, but should the WAN also be a "resource" to the cloud?...