This week’s top stories in software-defined infrastructure, April 18 – 22

Making the case for in-house data centers

Bruce Harpham makes the case for in-house data centers in a piece in NetworkWorld this week, highlighting how internal data centers can add value, cut expenses and more.

In Windows IT Pro, Cheryl J. Ajluni weighs the merits of SDDC readiness assessments. Typically performed by third-party consultants, Ajluni says they can be valuable tools to help determine an organization’s readiness for data center modernization.

“If today’s businesses are all about the applications, how do infrastructure professionals fit in?” Keith Townsend asks in Network Computing this week. It’s easy to get lost in specifics like ensuring speed and availability, but understanding the business value of the application can help IT pros do a better job, Townsend says. Townsend will speak on the subject at Interop Las Vegas next month.

How can IT pros stay in control of increasingly complex, software-defined data center environments? This week in DataCenterDynamics, Michael Allen shares tips. “Since SDI technology is still relatively immature, the majority of businesses have yet to identify how they will account for the increased complexity it introduces to data centre management,” he writes.

Converged infrastructure can help companies compete at the speed of disruption, HPE India’s Director of Servers says in a DataQuest article. Converged infrastructure “removes siloes and combines the data center’s disparate components into something that can be centrally managed. The goal of a converged infrastructure is to minimize compatibility issues and simplify infrastructure management while reducing costs for cabling, cooling, power, and floor space,” according to the article.

Brocade’s annual channel trends survey indicates that big data and IoT will be key elements of channel partner business over the next several years, Antony Savvas reports in ChannelBiz. Of all channel partners surveyed, 67 percent believe IoT will be a significant trend within five years. In 2016, channel partners say their biggest challenges are network security, managing hybrid clouds and data center bandwidth requirements.

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Lanier Norville

Lanier has been writing and editing for online publications for more than six years. Before joining StrataCloud, she led the content team at AirWatch, where she launched the AirWatch Blog and anchored AirWatch TV. Lanier has also served as the chief editor of TechNation and other magazines. She has worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg and has won several writing awards of her own. She is passionate about storytelling, emerging technology and the way software increasingly shapes our world.