The transformation of today’s modern datacenter is happening as we speak. It’s not coming; it’s here. Of course, this is partly a result of organizations wanting to capitalize on new advances in technology. But, the major driver of this transformation, is more about how people are expecting to consume IT services, and how organizations are re-designing their IT infrastructure to efficiently deliver these services to their customers.
Everywhere we look today: compute, storage, network, applications – all are being offered as a service, whether by the vendor that sells them, or the datacenter that consumes them. What enterprise software company is not delivering their software as a service? What service provider is not thinking of deploying network functions in software? What storage company is not building software-defined storage systems? The major challenge that everyone faces is in delivering these services on an infrastructure that is agile, cost-effective, and scalable.