VMworld 2016 was a huge success and set a new record of 23,000 attendees in the US alone. The theme was ‘be_tomorrow’ with focus on the technology, trends and people who are shaping the future of the digital business.
I asked several attendees how data protection of their environments fits into the be_tomorrow theme.
My findings: Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is in the forefront of planning for modernizing data centers. Data protection is an integral part of the SDDC strategy. Key requirements I heard from VMworld attendees:
- Self-service capabilities
- Multiple tiers of data protection
The SDDC enables customers to scale by rapidly provisioning applications across clouds and devices. A few benefits of the SDDC include improved compliance, faster time to market, boost capacity and lower costs.
The evolution of the SDDC reminds me of when Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line in 1910. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from 16 hours to 8 hours. Many years later, a digital factory with robots was created. The digital factory reduces human error and repetitive processes. Technology within the factory continues to progress; however, technology failures increase the cost to do business.
What is the relationship between the assembly line and the SDDC? The assembly line started the revolution of automation while reducing manual labor. The SDDC is the evolution of an agile digital business in which all the infrastructure is virtualized and delivered “as-a-service. Both require protection against failures and outages.
Outages within a SDDC have the potential of causing data loss – increasing your cost to do business. While very important, data protection is not always included during the provisioning process. (more…)