Software-based solutions offer several benefits, including:
Scalability: Today’s marketplace is fast moving and sometimes volatile. Organizations need the ability to scale rapidly in response to market trends or changes in their customer bases. Software-defined solutions can scale in a matter of minutes versus the days, weeks, or months needed to provision new physical storage.
Consolidation: Software-defined storage eliminates data silos and wasted storage space to reduce your data center footprint. Tier your data to the appropriate storage and manage everything from one pane of glass.
Reliability and Availability: Healthcare and financial institutions must have uninterrupted service. The reliability of software-defined solutions is an attractive benefit for many organizations.
Performance: Virtual processing software can reach the highest possible performance levels available today. Performance requirements are another reason organizations are shifting to software-based solutions for compute and networking.
With software-defined solutions, you can run servers, compute, applications, and workloads on virtual machines. In fact, you can run your whole environment as a software-defined solution, or software-defined data center (SDDC).
Software-defined solutions free you from the constraints of hardware. You can run any part of your environment, storage, networking, security, or data center as a virtual machine.
The volume of data generated by organizations is exploding, and organizations are scrambling to store and analyze all of it. Software-defined storage makes it possible to combine your structured and unstructured data so you can analyze it and make better business decisions.
Benefits of software-defined storage:
With software-defined networking, you can easily change configurations, move workloads around, and adapt to changing network needs.
Benefits of software-defined networking:
As applications and workloads become more dynamic and move into the cloud or around the network, security needs the ability to move with them. Software-defined security (SDSec) takes services out of IPS or firewalls and moves them into the fabric of the network. Machine learning is used in SDSec to monitor networks for suspicious activity and vulnerabilities and respond to threats in real time.
Benefits of software-defined security:
If you require the ultimate in data analytics, performance, agility, and scalability, you are probably ready for the software-defined data center. This is the highest level of automation and virtualization. With SDDC, your entire system, including servers, storage, network, and security, are all virtualized.
With SDDC, you can evaluate any part of your business in real time to find the best, most cost-effective solution.
In our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Software-Defined Everything," we help you make sense of the emerging world of software-defined solutions and help you figure out which solutions make the most sense for your goals and business needs.