Digital technology coupled with advent of internet is driving modern businesses. There has been a paradigm shift in general perspectives of services that are being delivered through sophisticated data centers and integrated infrastructures.

Thanks to the colossal rise in number of connected devices, data centers are already feeling the strain of managing workloads without compromising security and availability of websites and web applications. Therefore, use of smart technologies that enable enterprises to control and access their resources from remote locations has become a necessity.

Thanks to continuously evolving data center facilities, an entirely new breed of software defined data centers is poised to facilitate an array of infrastructure components including security, networking and storage among others. Interestingly, these factors implemented via software are seamlessly abstracted from hardware.

Although, software based storage and hyper-converged systems enable identical features of storage management, the two technologies significantly differ in design.

Hyper-Convergence of Infrastructure

The main purpose of hyper convergence is to integrate resources of virtualization as well as compute in a system that is powered by a single server. The entire focus remains on optimum efficiency by mitigating the complexities and establishing a simplistic approach of management.

Development of hyper-converged infrastructures is centered around use of hardware and attaches greater importance to addition of more features such as inline compression, WAN optimization, and inline deduplication just to name a few.

Hyper-convergence helps the system manage entire infrastructure through a unified resource and facilitates use of standard set of tools that improves ease of operation through use of click boxes. Every component of the system is able to exist and perform independent of others although it belongs to the same infrastructure.

Moreover the system is deployed in such a way that the remote location is the most optimum path to cloud. Since the physical hardware remains to be isolated from physical hardware, the workloads and applications can be executed and monitored more closely as compared with legacy infrastructures. What’s more there is no need of a storage controller since the fresh addition of storage is going to be configured as part of a cluster and a unified storage system.

SDCCs (Software Defined Data Centers)

Exponential growth of data and the equally significant need for storing, managing and processing such huge amounts of data has spurred data center expansion. The aim is to acquire higher capacity of data processing with optimum use of resources without impacting energy efficiency.

This explains the emergence of software defined data centers that are powered by cloud computing and virtualization. Rise in the adoption of cloud solutions across all sectors of industries indicates the growing need of high performance data centers that make use of virtualization and cloud technology.

Transforming data center facilities to adopt software centered architecture can help achieve more number of objectives than virtualization. Growing demands for instant availability of high quality content across wider geographic regions has underlined need for rapid access to data that is strategically placed at different locations.

One should also attach significant importance to data security in the wake of ever increasing threats of DDoS and ransom-ware attacks that could jeopardize integrity of data and day to day operations of enterprises.

Need for more efficient data center facility is also felt due to growth in demand for server colocation facilities. Software defined data center can fulfill multiple demands of data management without compromising security and integrity of data. These data center facilities are poised to fulfill security and data processing needs of modern organizations.

The concept of software defined data centers is yet to take roots across majority of organizations. The select few organizations that have a vision for implementation of such sophisticated resources have gained deep insights into the overall concept and have acquired robust knowledge about the risks associated with these new paradigms.

In conclusion

Since software defined data centers and hyper converged infrastructures share multiple similarities, IT managers need to appreciate their needs before selecting the right solution which could effectively cater to their organizations’ data management requirements.

There has been predicted that more than two third organizations will have to adopt either hyper converged infrastructure or software defined data centers through 2020. Businesses can be confident of ensuring robust security of their mission critical data without compromising efficiency of managing ever increasing demands of data processing.