The Software-Defined Data Center Paradox: Why You Need To Put Hardware First

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Craig Chadwell, VP Product at SoftIron

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The implicit assumption in today’s data center is that if your solution is software defined, then the hardware doesn’t matter. In SoftIron’s view, nothing could be further from the truth. Hardware has been commoditised in the data center to the point of oblivion. We’ve been led to believe that whatever your infrastructure model, you have to choose between performance, efficiency, and cost - or at best, two out of the three. But what if we turned this thinking around and put the hardware back in the spotlight, re-engineering it from the ground up, to deliver it all? SoftIron believes that there is an infrastructure strategy solution that takes full advantage of emerging technologies in order to sustainably maximize efficiency and manage costs, while integrating on-premise, colocation, cloud and edge delivery options. In this webinar, you will: - Get an introduction to the 4 key approaches to delivering a software-defined data center - Understand why not all hardware is equal, and why it’s critical to a successful software-defined storage strategy, and how it impacts performance, resilience, efficiency, security, and costs - What to look for in a hardware vendor - Learn how others are already harnessing this approach to deliver success
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