What’s All The Software Defined Fuss About? Busting Myths From VMworld

What’s All The Software Defined Fuss About? Busting Myths From VMworld

Talking with people at VMworld in San Francisco and Barcelona, it was clear that software-defined networking (SDN) and software-defined data centers (SDDC) were a major area of focus for most businesses. These topics are vital to the evolution of virtualization and cloud infrastructure but media hype is already starting to distort the realities they present to the enterprise.

SDN is the hottest technology buzz term in the industry right now. Most enterprises have already migrated to cloud and/or virtualized infrastructure and SDN is positioned as the next logical step towards the Promised Land. The operational and management issues regarding network virtualization are a topic that has not been discussed in any depth, yet has the potential to dramatically affect the success of an SDN initiative.

Users will get stalled on the SDN adoption curve—just as they did with server virtualization—due to operational dynamics within the virtual environment. Businesses that put workloads on a platform that compete for the same resources will experience significant performance issues, the death knell for any IT initiative. This problem is compounded in highly regulated industries where technical constraints are imposed on specific applications and data sets. Visibility into the virtual environment is critical to ensure applications have the resources they need to operate reliably.

The SDDC vision is only partially realized by VMworld attendees —and the industry at large. The focus, based on standard adoption curves, is to deal with infrastructure first, operational and management issues second and optimization of everything third. While parts of the SDDC infrastructure are in place, the focus has not yet shifted to controlling the virtual data center in an automated way via software. The prevailing wisdom from most major vendors is to use tools that take a non-automated, “bottom upBig Data approach. While dashboards and alerts for various data center components in IT operations are important for administrators, they do not focus on the applications’ performance and user experience. It’s the equivalent of a plumber installing a new sink for you and then leaving without testing it to see if water comes out. No matter the sophistication of the cloud or virtualized environment, if business workers cannot leverage the applications they need to complete their function, all of IT’s hard work is for naught.

What VMworld crystallized for me was that software-defined solutions – as they have been positioned by vendors and understood by IT personnel – are primarily about plumbing. Administrators are currently focused on how to create and configure their cloud and virtualized infrastructure. What is lost in all of this hype is resource management. Resource management is an afterthought for most IT administrators to be taken care of by “other management tools.” The folly in this philosophy is that it creates a huge operational efficiency problem when the initial constructs will not reflect the workload demand and will have to be adjusted later in a reactive, more costly, manner. Enterprises must ensure the availability and performance of the end-to-end IT infrastructure in order to support the service level requirements of the applications on which their businesses run.

VMworld demonstrated that today’s IT administrators are struggling to meet these challenges because their focus is partitioned by technology and function. They focus on data collection and threshold-based alerting, with little intelligence about automating decision-making. IT administrators have essentially been brainwashed to confuse visualization with control. Virtualization – and the agility it offers – introduces dramatic opportunities to manage differently and reduce labor-intensive management tasks. Now businesses must remove their focus from the plumbing of their cloud and virtualized infrastructure so they can fully realize the operational and financial benefits of their investments.

Shmuel_KligerBy Shmuel Kliger,

Shmuel is founder and president of VMTurbo and a recent Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He directs the technology teams encompassing development, product strategy and management, customer success and customer support. Prior to founding VMTurbo, Shmuel served as Vice President of Architecture and Applied Research in the EMC CTO Office. Prior to joining the CTO Office, Shmuel was the Chief Technology Officer of EMC’s Resource Management Software Group. Shmuel Kliger joined EMC with the acquisition of SMARTS. Shmuel Kliger was a Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of SMARTS.

About CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading authorities in connected technology information and services.

We embrace and instill thought leadership insights, relevant and timely news related stories, unbiased benchmark reporting as well as offer green/cleantech learning and consultive services around the world.

Our vision is to create awareness and to help find innovative ways to connect our planet in a positive eco-friendly manner.

In the meantime, you may connect with CloudTweaks by following and sharing our resources.

View All Articles

One Response to What’s All The Software Defined Fuss About? Busting Myths From VMworld

  1. I really liked the SMARTS product! Well done, thanks! I think your observations are spot on, mostly because the current manifestations of software-defined storage, compute/virtualization and network are all different, barely integrated things written by different teams and acquired by large companies. Individually, SDN, SDC (VMs) and SDS are all discrete, real things that show a glimpse of whats possible when you abstract from physical hardware. When put together, in a cohesive system, we’ll realize the full power and potential of SDDC. Now, however, all we have really is a vision painted by market players whereby they position in-market products in the context of what IT will be like in the future and describe how today’s wares will not be obsoleted. Frankly, traditional vendors stand to loose a lot if the market learns about a completely integrated, ground-up SDDC technology where each domain is aware of the next, thoroughly optimized, abstracted and simple to use.

Comic
Tesla Solar Plan Would Cost Billions To Implement

Tesla Solar Plan Would Cost Billions To Implement

A 1,500-word manifesto that Elon Musk unveiled last week, outlining his plan to expand Tesla Motors Inc.’s electric-vehicle line and to build “stunning solar roofs,” may end up costing the company tens of billions of dollars to carry out. Musk, Tesla’s chairman and chief executive officer, gave the estimate on Tuesday after a tour of the…

Healthcare IoT Security To Grow To $47 Billion In 2021

Healthcare IoT Security To Grow To $47 Billion In 2021

Healthcare IoT Security It’s obvious that IoT can make the entire healthcare industry more efficient. The kind of data involved can be used to save time, physical energy and operating costs. Because of this, devices that facilitate medical data are becoming more commonplace in the industry. This includes things such as wearables that can track…

Zoho Announces Industry’s First Multichannel CRM Service

Zoho Announces Industry’s First Multichannel CRM Service

Zoho News According to Gartner, the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software market grew by 12.3% from $23.4 billion in 2014 to $26.3 billion in 2015. Suggests Julian Poulter, research director at Gartner, “The merger and acquisition activity that began flowing through the market in 2009 continued in 2015, with more than 30 notable acquisitions. This…

How The Cloud Is Changing Online Education

How The Cloud Is Changing Online Education

Online Education Growth There’s no doubt that the internet has changed the face of education over the last two decades. In fact, by some estimates more than 80 percent of college students expect to take at least some — if not all of their courses — online. Thousands of people have earned degrees without ever…

Investing In The Future With The Introduction of Sage Cloud

Investing In The Future With The Introduction of Sage Cloud

CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired – Jul 26, 2016) – Sage, a market leader in cloud accounting software, announced today at Sage Summit 2016 its strong commitment to future technologies, with a focus on new and existing partnerships that power business growth. Revealed during CEO Stephen Kelly’s keynote address, which opened the world’s largest gathering of entrepreneurs and…

Achieving Network Security In The IoT

Achieving Network Security In The IoT

Security In The IoT The network security market is experiencing a pressing and transformative change, especially around access control and orchestration. Although it has been mature for decades, the network security market had to transform rapidly with the advent of the BYOD trend and emergence of the cloud, which swept enterprises a few years ago.…

Cloud-based GRC Intelligence Supports Better Business Performance

Cloud-based GRC Intelligence Supports Better Business Performance

Cloud-based GRC Intelligence All businesses need a strategy and processes for governance, risk and compliance (GRC). Many still view GRC activity as a burdensome ‘must-do,’ approaching it reactively and managing it with non-specialized tools. GRC is a necessary business endeavor but it can be elevated from a cost drain to a value-add activity. By integrating…

Which Is Better For Your Company: Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment?

Which Is Better For Your Company: Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment?

Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment? You know how enterprise resource management (ERP) can improve processes within your supply chain, and the things to keep in mind when implementing an ERP system. But do you know if cloud-based or on-premise ERP deployment is better for your company or industry? While cloud computing is becoming more and…

Cloud Comings and Goings

Cloud Comings and Goings

Cloud Power Amazon Web Services – the giant of cloud computing – is on track to do $10 Billion in revenue this year. Yet, rumors swirl that Apple may take a huge chunk of business away from them and Dropbox has definitely left AWS. Is something wrong at AWS? Wait, Salesforce.com (SFDC) – the granddaddy of…

Data Breaches: Incident Response Planning – Part 1

Data Breaches: Incident Response Planning – Part 1

Incident Response Planning – Part 1 The topic of cybersecurity has become part of the boardroom agendas in the last couple of years, and not surprisingly — these days, it’s almost impossible to read news headlines without noticing yet another story about a data breach. As cybersecurity shifts from being a strictly IT issue to…

Cloud Infographic – Interesting Big Data Facts

Cloud Infographic – Interesting Big Data Facts

Big Data Facts You Didn’t Know The term Big Data has been buzzing around tech circles for a few years now. Forrester has defined big data as “Technologies and techniques that make capturing value from data at an extreme scale economical.” The key word here is economical. If the costs of extracting, processing, and making use…

Cloud Computing Myths That SMBs Should Know

Cloud Computing Myths That SMBs Should Know

Cloud Computing and SMBs Cloud Computing is the hottest issue among IT intellects of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). Like any other computer-orientated technology, Cloud Computing has some misconceptions and myths that often kick-start arguments among the two opposing groups: Cloud Supporters and Cloud Opponents. Both of these groups have their own ideology and reasons…

Infographic Introduction – Benefits of Cloud Computing

Infographic Introduction – Benefits of Cloud Computing

Benefits of Cloud Computing Based on Aberdeen Group’s Computer Intelligence Dataset, there are more than 1.6 billion permutations to choose from when it comes to cloud computing solutions. So what, on the face of it, appears to be pretty simple is actually both complex and dynamic regardless of whether you’re in the market for networking,…

How Big Data Is Influencing Web Design

How Big Data Is Influencing Web Design

How Big Data Is Influencing Web Design For all you non-techies… You’re probably wondering what big data is (I know I was….a few years back) so let’s get the definitions out of the way so we’re on the same page, okay? Big data is A LOT of data – really, it is. It is a…

Cloud Infographic – The Internet Of Things In 2020

Cloud Infographic – The Internet Of Things In 2020

The Internet Of Things In 2020 The growing interest in the Internet of Things is amongst us and there is much discussion. Attached is an archived but still relevant infographic by Intel which has produced a memorizing snapshot at how the number of connected devices have exploded since the birth of the Internet and PC.…

The Cloud Above Our Home

The Cloud Above Our Home

Our Home – Moving All Things Into The Cloud The promise of a smart home had excited the imagination of the movie makers long ago. If you have seen any TV shows in the nineties or before, the interpretation presented itself to us as a computerized personal assistant or a robot housekeeper. It was smart,…