Hyperscale cloud datacenters are specifically architected for agility, web scale, and technology economics. A new e-book - How to master the digital economy - examines how hyperscale can speed up your digital transformation journey.
Digital cloud giants have upended the IT industry. Their customer-centric vision and obsessive focus on delivering the highest quality user experiences in a cost-effective manner has spawned a far-reaching digital transformation movement across the globe. Companies of all stripes are embarking on digital journeys and racing to reinvent themselves.
This is with good reason. The top seven digital companies have collectively generated a multi-billion-dollar economy, amassed the largest customer bases and leveraged cross-industry supply chains - all without massive upfront capital outlays or attendant complexity. Statistical data now shows that companies that lead with technology are more profitable and have higher market valuations.
Replacing hardware-defined with software-defined
These digital giants are unique. They have wholly replaced the traditional hardware-defined datacenter with software-defined infrastructure. Hardware-defined datacenters are designed as silos of excellence. Compute, server and storage resources; virtual and physical infrastructures; networking and security services; and IT infrastructure and data center facilities are all operated as separate administrative domains with management tools that are specific to the IT asset.
This model may have been adequate for static consumption models, uniform workloads and predictable traffic. But it fails to meet the needs of today’s environments. Datacenters today must deal with mega scale, continuous change, diverse cloud workloads and an urgent need for speed. Beleaguered hardware-defined datacenters simply cannot address these needs.
By contrast, the software-defined hyperscale datacenter epitomized by digital and cloud giants is designed for scale. It abstracts and disaggregates hardware infrastructure and allows the datacenter to be treated like a single system image, a unified fabric of integrated, fungible components. This resource pool can be accessed on demand in response to the priority of an application or the performance, security, or cost objectives of a workload.
Hyperscale is architected for agility and web scale
Hyperscale cloud datacenters are specifically architected for agility, web scale, and technology economics. As a result, they are able to adaptively scale to application and business needs in a rapid and cost-effective manner. This means high levels of asset utilization while provisioning a workload with exactly what it needs, when it needs it.
This is a radical shift from a hardware-centric, siloed model that inhibits automation and speed to a programmable, self- service model with shared, dynamically reconfigurable resources. It has allowed cloud giants to drive unprecedented economies of scale, reduce the per-unit cost of IT services, increase service velocity and foster collaboration across IT stakeholders.
For the first time, the hyperscale cloud datacenter empowers IT departments to operate the datacenter like a digital factory, a unified economic system, and ultimately a profit center. For the first time, it enables CIOs to shift budgets from keep-the-lights-on operations to IT initiatives that produce revenue.
The hyperscale datacenter design has been clearly proven by digital cloud giants, but these companies have several advantages not available to others. Ericsson has designed its cloud platform to enable all companies to achieve digital transformations.
Designed for CIOs
The Ericsson cloud platform is designed for CIOs. It uses software-defined infrastructure principles customized for digital industrialization. It is purpose-built to meet the scale and performance requirements of billions of connected users, applications, and devices and mega data sets.
Ericsson’s cloud platform is underpinned by Ericsson Hyperscale Data Center System 8000, the first commercial implementation of Intel® Rack Scale Design, a revolutionary datacenter architecture that future-proofs cloud datacenters for up to 15 years. Ericsson has extended its value with an optical backplane for fast access to infrastructure resources wherever they reside.
The Ericsson cloud platform includes advanced datacenter automation software to enable panoramic visibility and control of all elements of the datacenter, instrumentation to enable data-driven performance tuning, and cost transparency at the workload level.
The Apcera container management platform is also included as part of the platform. Apcera provides secure deployment, orchestration and governance of legacy and containerized workloads and multi-cloud workload portability to deploy true hybrid clouds. In addition, the Ericsson cloud platform includes Data Centric Security, which provides verifiable trust in data for reliable and actionable business insights.
The Ericsson cloud platform is architected to help CIOs lead and accelerate their company’s digital transformation.
Download the new e-book
Our new CIO e-book provides insights into how the Ericsson cloud platform enables CIOs to accelerate their company’s digital journeys without incremental risk or complexity. With the Ericsson cloud platform, CIOs can run their datacenters like integrated, intelligent digital factories and realize the full benefits of public cloud flexibility and economics in private environments.