Enterprises want flexibility and choice in cloud deployment models so they can support business innovation while maintaining control of assets most strategic to their business. Deploying software-defined infrastructure (SDI) is the actionable path forward to realizing these goals. Intel is leading this transformation by advancing solution maturity across the broadest range of software and hardware platforms today for easy deployment of SDI. But are your customers ready to evolve to an infrastructure that supports business innovation through agility and efficiency?
Whether it is modernizing storage infrastructure to support big data analytics or virtualizing enterprise network functions to improve delivery of business applications and services, the time is now for your customers to evolve their data center to SDI built on Intel® architecture and discover how cloud-powered innovation can transform their business.
Today's enterprise cloud solutions allow your customers to drive innovation across their organization with SDI that supports an agile, on-premise cloud architecture and highly efficient management of legacy workloads. As digital services proliferate, businesses need to be prepared to respond quickly to competitors and market dynamics. SDI as the foundation for a cloud-enabled environment provides excellent governance, workload scalability, and resource control. Intel is working with resellers and their customers to make on-premise cloud architecture even more powerful and easy to deploy.
For IT departments, real agility means much more than quick provisioning of servers. IT needs to enable self-service provisioning so users can get what they need with minimal delay or intervention; meet predefined service levels for critical applications; and let users pilot new capabilities. And this must all be delivered with maximum return on investment. Behind the scenes, these demands require more automation; higher utilization of compute, networking, and storage resources; on-the-fly allocation; and built-in resilience and security. To accomplish these goals, IT departments must enable their own self-service enterprise cloud. SDI represents an architecture for compute, networking, and storage.
SDI is a key step in the evolution to a modern, agile data center. It is a journey whose early phases started more than a decade ago with compute virtualization, spawning a revolution in enterprise computing and delivering tremendous payoffs in efficiency and performance.Journey to SDI
Today, explosive growth in digital data has placed new demands not just on compute but also on traditional storage architectures and enterprise networks, creating bottlenecks for performance and service agility. To mitigate these challenges, enterprises need to advance along the cloud maturity curve, extending virtualization beyond compute to storage and network domains and then moving to greater automation and orchestration levels for self-service provisioning and real-time service level agreements (SLAs).
Think of a real-time, compute-intensive analytics workload being processed within the data center. With SDI, this workload can be moved automatically to run on servers nearest the data, while less intensive or time-sensitive work temporarily moves elsewhere. To the business, this means that insights are delivered faster, without requiring the purchase of more computing muscle.Infrastructure for innovation
Ready to engage on the path to SDI with your customers? Check out these customer success stories for inspiration, and download solutions reference architectures, our “recipes” for deployment success.
Daniel Zelem, CTO, Johnson & Johnson, discusses the healthcare cloud infrastructure in place at J&J, which offers agility and improved healthcare outcomes.
Quinton Anderson, Head of Engineering - Analytics and Information, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, talks about the benefits of SDI for their financial institution.
Johan Carlsson, CTO, Umeå University, discusses his cloud experience, which has revolutionized the way they deliver services, as well as effective use of cloud computing in educational institutions.