One of the fast-growing trends in IT today is software-defined everything, technology that presents some compelling potential benefits for organizations.
One of the fast-growing trends in IT today is software-defined everything, in which various components within an IT infrastructure are virtualized and delivered as a service via the cloud. In this type of environment, management and control of the storage, networking and/or data center infrastructure are automated by intelligent software, rather than by hardware components. Within the overall category of software-defined everything are software-defined storage, software-defined computing, software-defined networking and software-defined data centers. Gartner identified software-defined anything as one of the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations this year. The research firm defines a strategic technology as one with the potential to have a significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major financial investment or the risk of being late to adopt, according to Gartner.
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