How can you simplify configuration and management in your business network? Why do some configurations take hours or even days instead of mere minutes?
In today’s IT age, network resources must be provisioned quickly and easily, which requires automation. Through software-defined networking (SDN) and network virtualisation, network functions are detached from their underlying infrastructure, making it possible to control them centrally. As a result, even complex configurations can be performed quickly.
Today’s businesses rely on their network infrastructure in entirely new ways, prompting innovative data centre architectures to emerge – characterised by first-rate stability, performance and availability. In addition to enabling programmability, data-centre networks support extensive automation and serve as the backbone of hybrid and private clouds. But none of this is possible without powerful data-centre switches that are able to respond to business requirements.
Data centres require increasingly sophisticated network infrastructure. Today’s data-centre switches are expected not only to provide sufficient ports and performance, but also to function perfectly in virtualised and automated environments – not to mention guarantee security and high availability. Value is also a key consideration.
Solutions should be affordable to purchase (CAPEX) and operate (OPEX). New concepts such as software-defined data centres and converged infrastructure solutions help reduce complexity in the data centre and allocate IT resources according to demand. Higher levels of automation boost efficiency for routine tasks. Management, specialist departments and users can count on reliable access to the IT services they need. As a result, your data centre will become a core service centre for your entire company.
The data centre of the future is fast, streamlined and agile. Most importantly, it’s virtualised. That’s because only software-defined networking (SDN) and automation will open the door to those benefits most coveted by IT departments – and those that will truly give you a leg up on the competition.
Automation increases data-centre efficiency by speeding up recurring tasks, saving you time and money. In addition, establishing dedicated workflows prevents errors and helps you enforce standards, which enables work to be completed more quickly. Automation takes on an even greater role in cloud environments as it forms the basis for cloud solutions.
Software-defined networking (SDN) lets you define network policies and configure network components from a single platform—all with an overview of your entire environment. No longer will you have to configure each device individually. Instead, the entire fabric is usually controlled and configured via a central controller, making it possible to map various user groups on a shared infrastructure. This multitenancy not only enables you to use resources more efficiently, it also allows you to programme them through application programming interfaces (APIs). And that means you can integrate them with overarching orchestration tools.
A software-defined approach lets you provision services with greater agility and efficiency. In addition, your workflows and processes will be highly standardised and simplified.
IT governance and compliance requirements will become less of a hassle thanks to broad visibility, especially across your virtualised environments. This is because such environments are easier to check when central policies are defined and implemented in your data centre.
Automation and SDN let you respond quickly to new business requirements. Multitenant infrastructures also ensure that existing resources are fully leveraged. Resource pools let you roll out new applications (workloads) and free up resources more quickly when they’re no longer required. All of these aspects together make your IT agile.
Automating standardised workflows boosts operational efficiency and also lets you define company standards. Operating and controlling your data-centre network centrally through an SDN controller streamlines component configuration and lets you implement network-wide policies—and that has substantial implications for Quality-of-Service and security.