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Chris Preimesberger, Editor, eWEEk

Chris Preimesberger, Editor, eWEEk

By Chris Preimesberger

Data centers are now, in effect, becoming large, de facto computers.

In a new eWEEKchat on Oct. 9, we will discuss the impact of what is being called the software defined data center (SDDC) – a data center that acts as one holistic unit, under a single management control system.

For many organizations, the place where these SDDC’s come together is in OpenStack, the open-source, open-standards enterprise IT system that is fast becoming the standard. This is what IBM, Avaya, and several other companies have chosen as its operational paradigm for how they are building out software defined environments. 

By using OpenStack, data center administrators are able to use a single graphical user interface to do everything from deploying virtual machines to assigning storage to configuring networks. An SDDC framework can include a company’s own OpenStack-based management platform, with orchestration capabilities for compute (Nova, the project name for OpenStack Compute, a cloud computing fabric controller), storage (Cinder and Swift, project names for block and object storage) and networking through a fabric connection (Neutron, the OpenStack project name for networking-as-a-service).
OpenStack aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable and feature-rich. The IT consists of a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution. It runs on commodity hardware. Open APIs into the fabric architecture are required to enable integration and interoperability with other software-defined networking offerings.
This platform, instituted by Rackspace Hosting and NASA about four years ago, has grown into a global software community of developers collaborating on a standard and massively scalable open-source cloud operating system. Its mission is to enable any organization to create and offer cloud computing services running on standard hardware, thus setting the stage for software-defined data centers.
Where is this all going, and how does it impact conventional IT? In the upcoming eWEEKChat on Oct. 9, we will discuss all of the above and more.
Here are some questions we will be posing during the 60-minute event (but the time goes by fast!):
* Is your enterprise now deploying an SDDC? What challenges did you encounter in making the switch from a conventional DC?
* Is your company planning to move to an SDDC in the next 12 to 18 months?  If so, what business reasons justify this?
* For those who are already on the SDDC road: What advice would you give to a data center manager, CTO or CIO about instituting their own SDDC?
* Has OpenStack, which is relatively young, established itself yet for systems that handle secure data workloads for regulated industries, such as financial, health care, government and so on?  Or do you believe it requires more of a track record before you dive in?
Let your friends know about this valuable discussion. Here are the coordinates for the eWEEKChat:
Topic: “Software-Defined Data Centers: Wave of the Future.”
Date/time: Oct. 9, 2013 @11a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT
Hosted by: @eWeekNews
Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz
Tweetchat handle: Use #eWeekChat to follow/participate in the chat
Chatroom real-time links: We have two:
eWEEKchat Event news page:

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