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The IT Trend that Will ‘Define’ 2014

Many people who follow the IT industry believe that 2014 will be the year that “Software Defined” technology becomes common in workplaces. In recent years, the growth of cloud computing and virtual desktop services has reduced companies’ dependence on IT infrastructure and physical hardware. Software Defined technology – including Software Defined Data Centres – merely takes that step to a new level.

Those who take advantage of this technology may never have to configure ports or set up routers again. Data centres will be accessible through networks and servers that are available through virtual machines. Installing new applications and new software on any device will soon take just a few clicks of a button, thanks to Software Defined Networking, Software Defined Storage and Software Defined Servers. We know this technology is about to boom because several technology giants are investing in it.

Google recently announced its release of Andromeda in certain zones. In a blog post, Google defines it as software defined network platform that exposes “the same in-network processing that enables our internal services to scale while remaining extensible and isolated to end users.”

VMware has also recently announced a program called NSX. It’s described as a network virtualization and security platform for the software-defined data center. While VMware typically serves large clients, this is an open platform program and almost any type of business can take advantage of it.

Other companies are working on programs that can connect with these network programs.

Citrix has a program called NetScaler. It’s described as “an all-in-one web application delivery controller that makes applications run five times better.” It’s a virtual machine program that can be connected with software defined network programs offered by other companies, such as VMware or Cisco.

Other giants, such as Amazon and Facebook are also rumoured to be in the mix, as they have been recruiting employees to further explore Software Defined technology

Software Defined technology has been around for longer than you may think. Technology companies, such as Nortel, were working on networking solutions decades ago. But the recent acceptance of cloud computing and virtualization is accelerating this push now. These programs are expected to be efficient and a wise investment for any business with normally high IT costs. They will make computing easier than ever before.
Trent Dilkie

Trent Dilkie

Trent Dilkie has come a long way in the last 30 plus years, from engineering student at the University of New Brunswick to VP Strategic Initiatives & CSO at Gibraltar Solutions. Today, Trent is an important part of the Gibraltar team, as his expertise in security has allowed him to be involved in ethical hacking and building computer security assessments and new security practices. He has also developed solutions for mobile device integration into corporate IT, Bring Your Own Computer programs and Mac@Work programs.