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Can software defined fabric meet HK's data center needs?

Billy Chuang | Nov. 19, 2013
The challenges facing data centres in Hong Kong are more than land availability. Hong Kong CIOs demand greater operational efficiency and simplified tech management, which can be achieved through the abstraction of networking layers.

Business shaping benefits
One obvious result of SDF adoption will be IT services converging. This convergence of services means they can be orchestrated from a single point of management, creating greater operational efficiency and simplicity that will result in a highly agile infrastructure to support the business. In addition, when services become software defined they don't need to reside in one data center. In fact, they can reside anywhere in the world — acting like a single unified data center, even though they are separated geographically.

Allaying security fears is also a key CIO concern. With businesses increasingly relying on connectivity and data to outcompete rivals and sidestep calamities, robust security is crucial. Having a complex infrastructure that is difficult to manage can be an Achilles Heel for any business in today's fast-paced, 24 x7 business environment. In response, vendors are moving towards aligning their current hardware-based portfolio with new and emerging software defined services and solutions, which alleviates some of the burden. But the truth is that SDN, if not properly implemented, can create more complexity from a business and pricing model perspective.

Visibility is also enhanced. As administrators gain better visibility of the data flow across the network, they can make real-time decisions on how to optimize the network. This is especially important in an increasingly volatile market where risks and opportunities are dynamic. It also helps organizations to thwart or minimize the impact of disasters, natural or manmade, while ensuring it is business as usual.

Clouds benefit too. As many businesses look to benefit from Cloud's efficiency and cost effectiveness, SDF enables Cloud services to optimize its capacity, regardless whether they are based on public, private or hybrid Clouds, on a consolidated platform. In addition, by offering a service-oriented solution, rather than a product- or solution-centric one, SDF can boost Cloud flexibility and agility.

SDF is not just an IT-focused solution. By targeting management simplicity and operational efficiency, it can allow businesses to shape their organizations into lean and agile competitors. The ability to adapt and maximize opportunities means IT hardware or geographical limitations no longer become roadblocks.

The winners will be the customers. By committing to evolving standards-based cloud platforms, member companies provide customers greater choice and flexibility in deploying public and private cloud solutions.

The takeaways
With a consolidated approach, CIOs can leverage the intelligence within their current infrastructure to provide faster and more efficient services with the scale and flexibility the business requires.

More importantly they tackle the biggest challenges that face today's data centers by abstracting the various layers and components found in a data center, while improving data management. This allows businesses to make quick decisions while exploring new opportunities without worrying about networking bottlenecks.


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