eWEEKChat Oct. 9: Software-Defined Data Centers: Wave of the Future
On Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKnews will host its 10th Tweetchat event. The topic will be "Software-Defined Data Centers: Wave of the Future."On Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKnews will host its 10th Tweetchat event. The topic will be "Software-Defined Data Centers: Wave of the Future." It will be moderated by yours truly, who serves as eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.
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Topic: "Software-Defined Data Centers: Wave of the Future."
Date/time: Oct. 9, 2013 @11a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. GMT
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Data centers are now, in effect, becoming large de facto computers. In eWEEKchat No. 10, we will discuss the impact of what are being called software-defined data centers—fully automated data centers that think and act as one unit under a single management control system. Some large, cutting-edge Web services providers, such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, are already using this concept on a daily basis.
"Software-defined networking" became a commonly used IT buzzword about four years ago, following its origins at Stanford University around 2005. The concept of software-defined storage—which at this point is more of a marketing term than anything else—has been picking up momentum for about the last year or so.
Now we're told that software-defined data centers are on the horizon—in fact, many are now in testing phases. Tier 1 all-purpose IT providers such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Microsoft and Avaya are now offering goods and services in this sector.
The place where all these things come together is in OpenStack, the open-source, open-standards enterprise IT system that is fast becoming a de facto standard. This is what IBM, Avaya and several other companies have chosen as the operational paradigm for how they are building out software-defined environments.
OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open-source, cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. The project 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.
OpenStack, founded by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, 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.
Where is this all going, and how does it impact conventional IT? In this eWEEKChat, we will discuss all of the above and more. Let your friends know about this valuable discussion.