IBM Strategic Approach and Roadmap to SDE

The Journey to Software Defined Environments (SDE)

Consolidate and Virtualize

Reign in infrastructure sprawl to save costs and improve efficiency.

As your data center grows, increased complexity can lead to a host of issues — infrastructure sprawl, high maintenance costs and lack of flexibility—just to name a few. Consolidating and virtualizing your infrastructure is one of the first steps for creating a more optimized, cloud-ready data center. To get started, it is important to evaluate and rationalize your IT services and corresponding workloads. An optimized data center helps you save on energy, costs, space and labor while improving asset utilization.



Consolidate Systems
Improve asset utilization and reduce infrastructure sprawl.



Virtualize Assets
Reduce energy demands, expand capacity and build the foundation for cloud computing—and ultimately social, mobile and analytics.



Help Save Costs
Reduce inefficiencies in your data center to help save on energy, costs, space and labor.

Consolidate and Virtualize Solutions

Server Optimization and Integration Services

Assess, plan and design a more consolidated, flexible and resilient server environment that can more quickly respond to market changes — now and in the future.

Optimize and Standardize

Determine which services and workloads are the most valuable in your data center.

Which services in your data center are business critical, and which are not? Optimizing and standardizing services in your IT environment are key to creating a strategic data center. IBM’s fit-for-purpose and business criticality assessments are designed to analyze your workloads and determine which services to keep and which to leave behind. By mapping workloads to their most valuable platform and segmenting them into service tiers, you can reduce cost, risk and management complexity. For the services that remain, creating standard policies help lay the groundwork for automation—and ultimately, technologies like cloud computing, social, mobile and analytics.



Optimize Services
Determine which services to keep and which to retire.



Establish Standard Policies
Establish procedures to perform repetitive tasks consistently and reliably.



Prepare for Automation
Build the foundation for automation and cloud computing—which can help your organization support social, mobile and analytics capabilities.

Optimize and Standardize Solutions

Server Optimization and Integration Services

Assess, plan and design a more consolidated, flexible and resilient server environment that can more quickly respond to market changes — now and in the future.

Service Management Services

Strategize, design, test and implement an actionable IT service strategy.

Network Integration Services

Transform your networking environment for improved availability, reliability, performance and security.

Simplify and Automate

Reduce manual tasks and gain more flexibility in your data center.

When it comes to your data center, simplifying and automating manual processes can improve consistency and reduce error rates. By creating a standardized catalog of services accessible through a self-service portal, automation enables users to provision and scale IT resources more efficiently. IBM can help you simplify and automate your data center, so you can drive productivity benefits while paving the way for technologies like cloud, social, mobile and analytics.



Simplify Provisioning and Management
Enable more streamlined delivery of services and offload tasks for system administrators, while building the foundation for cloud computing.



Help Save Costs and Improve Performance
Reduce errors and costly delays by using repeatable, consistent processes.



Gain More Flexibility
By introducing automation into your data center, services can be handed off more easily (for example, between application development and testing).

Simplify and Automate Solutions

Enterprise IT Brokerage Services

Plan, buy and manage IT services across all cloud models from multiple suppliers.

Infrastructure Strategy and Design Services for Cloud (Private)

Develop an optimum implementation roadmap for cloud computing.

Integrated Managed Infrastructure Services

Gain business flexibility, efficiency and scalability with an integrated and managed infrastructure.

Workload Transformation and Analysis for Cloud

Make analytics-based decisions for a faster transition to the cloud.

Dynamically Optimize/Hybrid

Enable a self-optimizing, software-defined environment that dynamically sources infrastructure for increased efficiency.

New technology trends call for a new approach to your data center. Transitioning to a software-defined environment (SDE) helps your organization gain a competitive edge. An SDE dynamically optimizes infrastructure based on application requirements, availability and service-level policies. Using cognitive computing and advanced analytics, this intelligent software can learn from experience to prepare for future scenarios. IBM provides services to help you adopt a dynamic hybrid approach to your data center—so you can operate more pervasively in the cloud while supporting other leading-edge technologies such as mobile, social and analytics.



Optimize Response
Optimize your compute, storage, network and facilities infrastructure so it can adapt to the type of workload required with more efficiency.



Operate in the Cloud
Free applications and processes from the physical infrastructure and operate in the cloud for increased flexibility, while managing security and compliance mandates.



Prepare for Future Workloads
The SDE uses cognitive learning to adjust workloads and update associated policies to help streamline future requests.

Dynamically Optimize/Hybrid Solutions

Enterprise IT Brokerage Services

Plan, buy and manage IT services across all cloud models from multiple suppliers.

Integrated Managed Infrastructure Services

Gain business flexibility, efficiency and scalability with an integrated and managed infrastructure.

Software-Defined Networking

Virtualize your network and create centralized controls to provide more agile and flexible network services.

Resources

Ensuring Enterprise Transformation to Hybrid Environment

IDC analyst report discusses three fundamental areas where buyers are looking to utilize managed services to support a shift to hybrid IT.

Data Center Network Security for Cloud Computing

Enable cloud computing with a scalable and security rich network.

The IT Infrastructure Impact of Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social and Security

Is your data center being overwhelmed by rapidly converging technologies?
Learn the infrastructure implications of today's rapidly evolving technologies and the pervasive agility essential to capitalizing on them.

Pat Corcoran

Global Business Development Executive

For the last 26 out of my 38 years with IBM, I have been part of IBM Resiliency Services organization, helping IBM and our Clients think and deal with risks, crisis management, business continuity, business resiliency and security. Currently I'm a Global Business Development Executive, helping Clients understand the need for business resiliency, contiuity, recovery, etc. ... helping to elevate the discussion of risk & resiliency within their companies, and then helping them create global business resiliency solutions. I've had the honor of supporting or leading great teams of IBMers during crisis events in support of our Clients, and I travel around the globe sharing lessons learned with customers to demonstrate IBM's credibility and experience, and why IBM is the best supplier to partner with when it comes to "resiliency and risk"! It's a people job ... I help individuals keep their jobs because we help companies maintain continuous business operations and grow! A great job!

Daniel Witteveen, Director, Cloud Managed Backup & Data Virtualization

"Data is the new Natural Resource", with this in mind my focus and passion is on how we protect and virtualize our clients data to provide multiple use cases with out the explosive cost of storage The two primary focus areas of expertise that I bring is on our Cloud Based Managed Backup Solution, and Data Virtualization solution. Allowing our clients to backup/replicate data in a cloud based model or another premises, and use that protected data for multiple use cases, like recovery, Dev/Test, Analytics, backup. No longer should replicated or copy data sit idle waiting for a recovery. No longer should you have to have 5 copies of production data to handle each use case.

Scott Ramsey

Managing Partner, IBM Resiliency Consulting

Mr. Ramsey is an IBM Executive and the Managing Partner of IBM’s Global Resiliency Consulting Practice, providing guidance and direction for the firm’s resiliency services. He works across the globe with senior executive business and IT management, to define and implement sustainable strategies for IT resilience, risk mitigation and governance.

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