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Last week, I explored some of the key issues and core benefits that are prompting enterprises to move to more flexible and cost-effective composable infrastructures. As I pointed out in Part 1 of this blog, composable infrastructure technologies from vendors like TidalScale are designed to address many of the most pressing issues in today’s data centers, such as the rapid growth of data, the challenges of accommodating unpredictable workloads with traditional servers and rack systems, and the inherent inefficiency and outright waste that comes from provisioning servers that cannot address the needs of new-generation applications and those that are dedicated to running just one application. In this part, l will review the role of software-defined resources in ensuring that composable data centers are a realistic and cost-effective end goal for enterprise digital transformation.


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New approaches to infrastructure design are required for businesses to keep up with the amount of data that is generated, and whose timely analysis is of paramount importance for the business to remain competitive in the digital economy. Newer approaches to infrastructure must focus on efficiency to minimize budgetary shocks on IT departments, and agility to respond to business needs on-demand. Businesses are embracing new-generation applications to prepare themselves for the future, while maintaining current-gen applications that support revenue-generating operations.

Composable infrastructure technologies from vendors like TidalScale are designed with these key objectives in mind. They are designed to support both current and new generation of applications, thus enabling IT to better service revenue-generating operations while also supporting their business foray into the future. Crucially, Composable software solutions are software defined, and maximize return on investments in server hardware by pooling compute, memory and disk resources for maximum efficiency, utilization, and visibility across the entire datacenter, and not just a cluster of servers.


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IoT is bridging the IT–OT divide rapidly. Data is no longer just under the purview of IT. Smart and connected devices, which are under the purview of OT, enable data collection, control and actuation, and enable additional IT-centric applications. The need to collect, store, and analyze data in a cost-efficient and timely manner means that IT and OT architecture and operations models need to converge and coexist. Software-defined OT (SD-OT) and IT–OT convergence are part of an “Intelligent Edge." Converged IT/OT Systems minimize data transfer between the core and edge, and carry out OT and IT functions seamlessly.  SD-OT moves OT functions into the software running on industry-standard hardware. OT control and data acquisition functions are network-based and can be performed from the Core or anywhere at the Edge. Converging IT and OT means running IT and OT software on the same core and edge infrastructure tier and possibly on the same physical hardware.


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The upcoming OpenStack Summit in Barcelona builds on a familiar theme: The unprecedented momentum that OpenStack has gained (and continues to gain) amongst firms of all shapes and sizes: enterprises, cloud and telecom services providers and hyperscalers. At the summit, the community will seek to showcase the fruits of streamlining product development and project coordination, maintaining currency with market trends, and more importantly that it is actively listening to its constituents of developers, end-users and vendors. IDC anticipates that their release message for the “Newton” release “One versatile platform” backed by key themes such as scalability, resiliency and user experience, will resonate stronger and louder with attendees, setting the stage for an even bigger footprint for OpenStack in 2017.


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At the recently held HPE Discover conference, HPE made Synergy - it's foray into Composable Infrastructure solutions. This announcement is timely as IDC is in the process of formalizing its research on Composable and Disaggregated Infrastructure. This blog post is meant to provide a quick take on how IDC's views this technology, and the impact it will have on the storage, server and networking markets.


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This blog post discusses flash-enabled storage architectures like the new EMC VMAX All-Flash that will continue to underpin the modern datacenter, but additionally enable new workloads and drive economic benefits. Flash has compelled storage suppliers like EMC to go back to the drawing board – to re-engineer storage architectures and capitalize on the transformational value of flash. The results are systems like the VMAX All Flash, which delivers unprecedented levels of performance and scale while bringing the gold standard of VMAX services that customers have come to rely on.


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Recent data from IDC research shows that show why dedicated IP storage networks have become the preferred industry solution not only for today’s workloads, but for the future growth in new applications that businesses will require. The bottom line is that businesses already utilize storage-optimized networks for mission-critical storage traffic—and increasingly they must treat business-critical applications in the same manner.


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The shift to the 3rd Platform will be remarkable but disruptive. IDC predicts that virtually all new strategic IT investments made by enterprises through 2020 will go toward 3rd Platform technologies and solutions. The software-defined IT infrastructure that supports next-generation 3rd Platform applications must be agile, resilient, scalable on demand, and manageable in a capex-friendly fashion. As suppliers prepare to deliver this next-generation infrastructure, they'll need to focus on providing value via a portfolio of offerings — each designed to serve as a cog in a "cloud scale" datacenter. The ScaleIO Node from EMC is an example of such an offering. The 3rd Platform is the new core of IT market growth — and software-defined storage (infrastructure) is a crucial element of that growth.


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In light of recent statements made by the press, IDC would like to clarify certain aspects of the IDC MarketScape – and provide additional supporting information to minimize any confusion on the part of anyone reading publicly available excerpts of this IDC MarketScape (which do not include all sections of the document, but only the ones purchased by the respective supplier for the excerpt).


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This is an excerpt of a blog written by Julianna Delua that summarizes a Technology Spotlight on VCE - that I authored.


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