Driven by the need for flexibility, scalability, and agility, the  software-defined data center (SDDC) has been gathering momentum for some time. SDDC combines vendor-agnostic hardware with software-driven intelligence to allow organizations to collaborate, connect, manage, and provision resources in real-time without human intervention.

According to Forrester Research SDDC is, “An abstracted and pooled set of shared resources. But the secret sauce is in the automation that slices up and allocates those shared resources on-demand, without manual tinkering.”

The adoption of software-defined data center (SDDC) technologies is driven by the tremendous potential for dynamic scalability and business agility, but many worry about the performance bottlenecks they may experience with storage, CPU and memory.  When migrating to an SDDC you can erase those concerns and minimize performance impact by using built-in configuration options within VSphere and following well documented best practices to achieve the following benefits:

  • Improve SQL SLAs by load balancing
  • Achieve better than physical performance while reducing hardware and licensing costs.
  • SQL Server on vSphere matches the performance of physical servers while increasing CPU utilization
  • Eliminate the need to create a separate infrastructure just to support the SQL environment
  • Improve workload mobility
  • Consolidation of hardware and software services
  • Higher server utilization

Security fears may be a concern. But by putting your SDN in place as a technical exercise will enable you to prepare for when your business is ready to fully move forward. Best practices for planning your SDDC include:

  • Record current traffic flow to properly identify capacity requirements
  • Define the scope of your initial project, focusing on data storage and application reconfigurations
  • Identify new hardware requirements and devices to be retired
  • Create a mapping table between legacy devices and replacement services
  • Adapt security policies and filtering rules to the new access paths
  • Test the new configuration in a sandbox environment before putting it live
  • Keep legacy systems in place until the performance of the new network has been confirmed
  • Monitor capacity and watch out for bottlenecks as the network goes live

According to VMWare, SDDC will serve as the foundation for a unified hybrid cloud bringing together best-in-class compute, storage, networking virtualization and management offerings to increase availability, performance, reliability, and reduce complexity and costs.

The database experts at Ntirety have extensive experience with Oracle, SQL Server and MYSQL and have VCP certified DBAs. We have achieved the virtualization of business critical applications competency with VMWare and have successfully virtualized Oracle and SQL Server databases on VSphere.  Contact us to learn more.