The data deluge has fueled the introduction of hyperscale data centers to handle our world’s growing information demands. To increase overall efficiency, the software-defined data center (SDDC) model has emerged to provide a more consolidated, manageable, cost-effective and secure future to handle information. But early adopters have also discovered roadblocks and bottlenecks on the path to prosperity, especially with storage. And like any emerging technology, SDDC has a number of deployment models to choose from, each having its own benefits and trade-offs.
A true SDDC solution virtualizes the server, network and storage levels. The first is well-established and understood, but network virtualization is still young, and storage is even more problematic. Extremely fast, relatively low-cost flash drives have revolutionized storage performance and provisioning, but the majority of storage architectures are still not virtualization-ready, and storage-management tools are often lacking.
Our panel will address these topics:
• How are SDDCs being deployed?
• What use cases have proved most successful?
• What are the current challenges with management tools?
• What solutions can address the storage bottlenecks?
• Where is SDDC headed?
• Jo Maitland, research director, GigaOM
• Mark Leary, founder and chief analyst, The First Tracks
• Lee Doyle, principal analyst, Doyle Research
• Greg Huff, CTO, LSI
Register here to join GigaOM Research and LSI for “Exploring the software-defined data center of the future,” a free analyst webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at 10 a.m. PT.