Software-defined infrastructure (SDI) provides the capability to control and configure compute, storage, and networking hardware from a central management platform. The hardware resources are organized into virtual performance-optimized datacenters (vPODs) using an advanced hardware management system. Ericsson implements this technology in its SDI offering, where Ericsson Command Center provides the necessary hardware management building blocks for service providers.
Two ways to operate SDI
How is SDI operated? There are two ways. You can use the Ericsson Command Center interface to perform various management tasks, or you can use the REST API and integrate needed functionality in existing management systems or as part of automated scripting.
In the Ericsson Command Center interface, there is a dashboard that gives a concise overview of the overall state of the hardware under its control, as well as detailed information about the servers available in the hardware pool.
You can then drill down to carry out various hardware-related tasks and access detailed information about specific pieces of equipment, including both performance data and inventory information. An example of a task that Ericsson Command Center can help you with is to answer the question "What do I have in my datacenter?" by finding unmanaged equipment and easily bringing it under management control. This could be, for example, rogue or forgotten servers that are doing little but consume energy.
How to create and work with vPODs
A key concept in SDI is the ability to create vPODs from a hardware pool. vPODs are dynamically reconfigurable collections of compute and storage hardware that are isolated from one another on the network and are then used by the NFV layer for its hardware needs. Since vPODs are managed by software—either using the Ericsson Command Center interface or the REST API—they can be created quickly from the available hardware.
Furthermore, since you can make dynamic changes to your vPODs, they can be altered to match the needs of the environment running in that vPOD. For example, you can add servers to a vPOD, which can then be integrated into the cloud environment. Using vPODs helps you to be agile in how you use your hardware and gives you great flexibility within your NFV solution.
There are several other examples of operational tasks that can be performed when working with SDI. Watch the demo video to learn more: