|By Glenn Rossman||
|February 4, 2014 10:45 AM EST||
Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) gives us a look into the future of computing and concludes, "It is safe to predict that the software-defined data center (SDDC) will become one of the dominating trends in enterprise IT in 2014."
Industry analysts Torsten Volk and Jim Frey from EMA surveyed selected representatives from 235 companies, which they termed "visionaries".
Their research points to computing at enterprises from large to small in transition to creating a single computing resource comprised of both the data center and public clouds.
What's blocking the software-defined data center from becoming reality?
The research identified traditional data center silos - servers, network, storage, applications, security - as a key pain point and related to concerns over integration, security and operating expenses. The solution is easier said than done: the "need for more cross domain knowledge" among IT staff.
EMA identified three key areas of IT investment in 2014 aligned with the core properties of the SDDC:
- Capacity Management
- Multi-Virtualization and Multi-Cloud Management
- Configuration Management
Study respondents identified these priorities to realizing the software-defined data center: centralized management across a massively heterogeneous IT infrastructure; repeatable configuration of software and infrastructure for optimal application deployment; and orchestration and automation for application deployments across silos.
The analysts conclude we are at the very beginning of a multi-year journey to a truly software-defined data center.
Convirture is making available a 25-page summary report available here.