Logicalis US said it has unveiled its new software defined data center (SDDC) practice, a business unit created for the sole purpose of helping leverage existing technology investments while adding a software and services layer to aid in moving toward technology´s third platform.
Hardware still plays a pivotal role in the third platform, but the focus and attention in IT will shift to employing the software and services that can deliver greater business agility, faster time to market, increased corporate efficiencies, and a lower total cost of ownership. Experts say driving this kind of business value requires a services-led approach to IT, something that starts with the implementation of a software-defined data center. With the addition of its new SDDC practice, Logicalis US is ready to assist clients from end to end along this IT transformation journey.
Expressing this higher value requires a change in the data center — a change that rests squarely on the inevitable convergence of networking, storage and server virtualization, all things that savvy CIOs have been steadily working toward over the past few years. “The software-defined data center is the technological culmination of the IT transformation journey IT professionals have been following and adopting for several years now,” says Troy Vetter, Senior director, SDDC, Logicalis US. “SDDC is a significant step forward in automating the data center. It provides the foundation for the third platform and the integration of IT services into a SaaS model, paving the way for a fully service-defined enterprise with an IT focus on ´user experience.´”
In the third platform, while hardware will still provide the underpinning just as it has always done, software and services will become the critical tools in the CIO´s toolbox. The IT department won´t spend as much time managing data center infrastructure, but will instead be focused on delivering applications and information to business users, partners and their customers. Having a software-defined data center will allow for a high-performance dev-ops strategy that delivers business agility leveraging hybrid cloud deployment models.
Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, with revenues of over USD6 billion.