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CIOs should inspire team for 'software defined' shift : Chad Sakac, EMC

Yogesh Gupta | Aug. 21, 2013
'Software Defined' essentially translates into high degree of automation and lower degree of people dependency for an organisation. What does it mean for people and processes within the IT team?

Chad Sakac, SVP Global Presales, EMC is responsible for EMC's global customer and partner- facing technical experts and works with EMC's partners and customers around the globe. Sakac brings over 19 years of engineering, product management and sales experience to EMC. With the enterprise IT moving towards 'Software Defined' infrastructure, EMC too is pursuing the same with the customers globally and in India.

'Software Defined' essentially translates into high degree of automation and lower degree of people dependency for an organisation. What does it mean for people and processes within the IT team?

The biggest critical path element is people to get the buy in and restrain them to overact to the change. The whole organisational model of infrastructure team that supports the apps in software defined and cloud operating model era is so different today. The admins of storage, virtualisation at times act as enemy of change to sabotage the new role - not out of maliciousness — but doing today what they did in the past.

CIOs need to show the ray of hope by helping the team to switch from an expert in single silo towards a cloud architect and cloud admin— a relevant career path. On a macro level, it is switching from compute, network, and security into whole horizontal structure which is infrastructure as a service.

There will be more demand for people who can stitch together the overall work flow as the software has become mature and more automated. The more you put human element, the more you can break it. Software defined represents the change. It's a clarion call for CIO to display leadership and inspire their team to embrace the change.

Virtualisation or private cloud typically traversed a stepped curve. Do you see 'software defined' wave go the similar route? If so, where do CIOs and their teams start?

It will be different than the server virtualisation wave that was driven by economic proposal with Capex as the key driver. It was pervasive, universal and therefore easy to go. For an enterprise with a fluid cloud model — the opex is as significant if not more on capex side. But it becomes a tad difficult to quantify.

SDN and SDS are definitely around additional capex benefit but more on opex. The adoption curve only comes when the enterprise customer operates like a service provider with an agile and highly automated model that can deliver service catalogue.

At what stage do acronyms like towards with acronyms like SDDC, SDS, SDN, ViPR translate into business benefit for organisations?

Software Defined is the buzzword of 2013-2014. It was cloud in 2011 and 2012. These acronyms do offer the business benefits today. Like ViPR - the first Software-Defined Storage platform by EMC provides the ability to both manage storage infrastructure (Control Plane) and the data residing within that infrastructure (Data Plane).

 

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