It’s no surprise that the growth in virtualization is causing disruption in many sectors of the IT industry. Compute, storage, and networking have all undergone signification industry and architectural transformation thanks to virtualization.
But now that same disruption is occurring in the data center. Thanks to virtualization, the traditional data center is being transformed and each part the underlying physical hardware stack is experiencing disruption and standardization, as well as commoditization.
In addition, the increase in differentiated software is driving the abstraction, consolidation, and optimization of the underlying hardware, which is dramatically altering the operational and business models for compute, storage, and networking.
With the mainstream adoption of software-defined compute (server virtualization), software-defined storage (both hyper-converged form factors and software-only abstraction layers), and software-defined networking (with network virtualization overlays and fabric-based SDN underlays), the stage has been set for a new chapter in data center orchestration, automation, and policy-based provisioning.
Tune into this webinar to learn more about the vision for the software-defined data center and understand how modern, scale-out architectures, software abstraction, and intelligent orchestration are transforming the traditional data center.
- Compute was fundamentally transformed by the adoption of x86 architecture and server virtualization software. Both storage and networking are experiencing dramatic disruptions and transformation with the emergence of mature software abstraction layers.
- Storage is enjoying a period of intense innovation and competition with the advent of hybrid storage, all flash arrays and hyper-converged architectures. Learn about these competing approaches and the impact each is having on data centers.
- Networking has been the datacenter laggard compared to compute and storage. Learn how new approaches to SDN are being adopted by mainstream enterprises, service providers, and governments in production, delivering agility and operational simplicity to the traditionally most conservative and fragile silo in the datacenter.
SDxCentral’s Roy Chua will be joined by Rob Sherwood who serves as the CTO for Big Switch Networks, where he spends his time internally leading software architecture and externally evangelizing SDN to customers and partners. Rob is an active contributor to open source projects such as Switch Light and Floodlight® as well as the Open Compute Project. He was the former Chair of the ONF‘s Architecture & Framework Working Group as well as vice-chair of the ONF’s Testing & Interoperability Working Group. Rob prototyped the first OpenFlow-based network hypervisor, the “FlowVisor”, allowing production and experimental traffic to safely co-exist on the same physical network and is involved in various standards efforts and partner and customer engagements. Rob holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Register for SDxCentrals first ever Future of the Converged Data Center Report Webinar sponsored by Big Switch Networks on April 6th at 10:00am PT.
If you can’t make it to the live event, register anyways and we’ll let you know when the recorded event is available on-demand.