February 29, 2016

Software Defined X – is it here to stay?

Do you often ask yourself: “What is software defined X and how does it impact my customers?” You’ll get the answer to this question plus a lot more in the Arrow Leadership Call “Software Defined X.” This webcast is packed full of software defined elements, implementation tips, pitfalls, and it even includes an excellent discussion of an eBay case study.

According to speaker Michael Biddick, Fusion PPT CEO, SDX is the future of IT deployment. IT provides higher availability, promotes mobility and can simplify disaster recovery and continuity of operations. It can include servers, networks, storage, data centers and enterprises — anything that is defined by software. SDX uses software to make IT services or commodities a shared, automated resource that can seamlessly scale based on demand.

Biddick defines seven key traits of SDX including:

  1. Abstracted (virtualized) from physical hardware
  2. Uses a software-centric and application-centric approach with commodity hardware
  3. Provides more agility, flexibility and scalability so that radical changes can be made quickly using just software
  4. Increased use of automation
  5. Centralizes control and governance of IT services with policy-based standards
  6. Results in an overall reduction of IT service costs
  7. Improves the overall security posture

Many people just don’t know where to even start implementing SDX. This webcast provides an excellent how-to discussion that will help you guide your customers to success. Biddick recommends focusing and prioritizing key IT service building blocks and building a detailed implementation plan.

As with any new technology, there are risks and barriers to implementation. Biddick outlines several downsides to SDX:

  • Applications may have deep dependencies on legacy hardware.
  • Platforms may have integrations into third-party services that can complicate migrations.
  • Complexities across the application environment may cause remediation efforts to reduce value.
  • The move to SDX may not support a broader strategy for application and delivery model modernization.

Everyone likes to hear about how other companies have implemented new technologies. You won’t want to miss the discussion on how eBay made their infrastructure a competitive differentiator by investing in a software defined data center. Today, eBay can provision a virtual host in less than a minute and register, provision and deploy an application in less than ten minutes using an easy-to-use portal. Before SDDC, this deployment would have taken months to complete. eBay has used SDDC to drive agility for innovation and efficiency throughout their operations while creating a foundation for future growth.

If you would like to hear more about how Arrow can help you begin strategizing with your customers to achieve eBay-like results, please contact your Arrow representative.

(This article was originally published in November 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.)