In contrast with hardware-defined infrastructure, vPODs utilize software-defined infrastructure to create configurations from a central pool of hardware resources based on needs of a given workload at a given time. Learn the best way to configure and manage your vPODS.
PODs versus vPODs
In a traditional datacenter, compute, storage and networking resources are often allocated to workloads by configuring them together into performance-optimized datacenters (PODs). This is done manually through hardware-defined configuration, often resulting in a static infrastructure with little flexibility to serve changing business needs and low utilization.
A different approach is to allocate your resources into *virtual* performance-optimized datacenters (vPODs). vPODs utilize software-defined infrastructure (SDI) to create configurations from a central pool of hardware resources based on the needs of a given workload at a particular time. In Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000, vPODs are configured through a management system called Ericsson Command Center.
Moving virtual partitions with Ericsson Command Center
Ericsson Command Center can help you manage all the resources in your datacenter. And with the few clicks, it can enable you to move your virtual partitions, making your vPODs bigger or smaller as needed. And part of that process is scrubbing the data from storage devices as they move from one vPOD to another. Ericsson Command Center handles it all for you.
Bring your own tools
But maybe, at the end of the day, Ericsson Command Center is merely the latest addition to your toolset. You've been in business for a while, and you already have your own ways of measuring and analyzing your resource utilization on a rolling basis.
That's great, because Ericsson Command Center comes with a REST API. It also contains a database of useful analytic data about your IT infrastructure. So you can plug your existing tools into Ericsson Command Center and, through them, you can automate changes to your vPODs based on your changing needs.
Watch David Partain, from Ericsson's Software-Defined Infrastructure product line, explain the benefits of Ericsson Command Center.
Why should you care?
Two years ago, we were preparing, with Intel, for the market introduction of our SDI system. I was new to the area, but the system made all sense in the world from a TCO perspective and for meeting future datacenter scenarios.
Now it's becoming a reality, and to explore the benefits of hyperscale further, please check out our report with Mainstay on transforming the economics of the datacenter, with original research on how hyperscale lowers both opex and capex:
David and I are also on site at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Barcelona this week talking about this very subject.
Drop by Booth #505 and say hi!