Enabled by the 3rd platform technologies of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud, digital transformation represents an opportunity for enterprises to redefine their customers' experience and achieve new levels of productivity.

Growth in virtualization is causing disruption in many sectors of the IT industry. Compute, storage, and networking have all undergone significant industry and architectural transformation, thanks to virtualization.

With the mainstream adoption of software-defined compute (server virtualization), software-defined storage (both hyper-converged form factors and software-only abstraction layers), and software-defined networking (with network virtualization overlays and fabric-based SDN underlays), the stage has been set for a new chapter in data center orchestration, automation, and policy-based provisioning.

A programmable software-defined data center (SDDC) is emerging as the IT foundation for digital transformation. When implemented correctly, it can offer a cloud-like user experience delivered on-premise across both differentiated and commodity hardware platforms. It can accelerate the adoption of internal cloud services, improve staff productivity, and offer freedom from large CapEx investments, according to IDC.

Designed to be able to cope with workload diversity, an SDDC handles both traditional scale-up and modern scale-out design patterns. It is being viewed as an architecture that is software-defined and hardware-assisted and as the next logical step in data center architecture evolution.

The potential impact of programmable SDDC is immense, offering an integrated architecture merging legacy architectures, cloud computing, and workload-centric architectures into a single automation domain.

SDDC solutions are gaining a significant importance among the enterprises owing to the increasing network traffic and efficient use of data center resources that leads to cost optimization of in-house infrastructure.

Midsize enterprises look to be planning upgrades of their data centers to introduce 
software-defined technologies like network, storage and compute virtualization in 
order to make on-premise infrastructure 
look and feel much like a public 

Global Market

The SDDC market is estimated to grow from USD 25.61 billion in 2016 to USD 83.21 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 26.57 percent during the forecast period.

The APAC region is projected to have great opportunities in this market and is likely to grow at the highest CAGR by 2021 owing to the increasing number of data centers in developing countries including China, India, and the Philippines.

SDDC solutions are expected to strengthen their footprints not only in large enterprises but also in small and mid-sized enterprises mainly due to lower OpEx and CapEx that help in driving this market.

The programmable SDDC is witnessed as the next step beyond traditional virtualization for enterprises determined to become digitally competitive. It is rapidly becoming recognized as an important option for improving enterprise business and IT agility by early adopters.

HCL Services

Prashmin Mohan Murarka

Head-Datacenter Consulting

We, as humans, are very intuitive in creating linkages and rational thinking; because of this, we have grown with the awareness that everything in the world is connected - object and its relationship. With this everything-connected outlook, today, we as leaders in different spheres, invariably try to extend this concept into our respective businesses which are moving toward convergence - convergence of operations and information technology.

At HCL Infosystems, we have evolved a framework to measure the benefits of convergence in the connected world, from the services perspective in terms of:

  • Simplification of user consumption and experience,
  • Make self-service effective and 
  • Enable quality decision making and monitoring its impact, and
  • Disruptive services/technology which break-even before or at life-half-cycle.

The most important aspect of convergence today is integration of operation technology (OT) with information technology (IT) and in most of the organizations these two are headed by different business units, i.e., COO and CIO offices, respectively. Technology like Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a driving force to build a platform to harmonize strategic, organizational, and technological challenges arising due to OT/IT convergence.

To cite an example, the Maestro OT/IT convergence platform offered by HCL Infosystems that is enabling FMCG and medical equipment manufacturers to fast-track deployment and realize benefits from DAY ONE consists of six layers:

  • Device layer (OT, IT, intelligent devices and IOT sensors),
  • Network and communication layer,
  • Security layer, integration,
  • Processing and analytics layer (including creation of enterprise configuration management database (ECMDB),
  • Single dashboard (single pane of management for OT, IT, IoT), and
  • Omni-channel consumption layer (including smart devices).

FMCG and medical equipment manufacturers today can monitor in near-real-time environmental, operational, and geo-information of non-intelligent assets spread across the country through a single dashboard for Intelligent decision making and responding to users effectively.


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