IT infrastructures are growing in size, capability and complexity as organizations take advantage of cloud computing, big data analytics, the Internet of Things, mobile computing and social media, to deploy complex, integrated, and collaborative applications. As a result, the need to run several applications under varying workloads to meet different functional, nonfunctional, and performance requirements is increasing.
Managing these new complex infrastructures via traditional means is challenging and inefficient. Hence, many organizations are looking for new directions and approaches to more efficiently manage their infrastructures to meet their customers’ growing demands, ensure adaptability to changing business requirements, reduce duplication of efforts, and remain competitive.
One approach organizations are adopting is software defined infrastructure (SDI) or softwarization. With this approach, the elements of the infrastructure including the data center, storage, network and service functions are virtualized, enabling all requirements to be automatically derived and created. SDI promises to increase the IT infrastructure’s flexibility and programmability, and to optimize processes, management and costs. As with any new technology, it comes with risks. But it could be a game-changer for infrastructure management.
Organizations need to rethink their current approaches to managing their increasingly complex infrastructures. Adopting holistic system-oriented approaches — not piecemeal solutions — is critical.
An upcoming issue of Cutter IT Journal will examine the issues and challenges in managing the ever growing and changing IT landscape and explore new approaches to infrastructure management.
Topics of discussion may include (but are not limited to the following):
- What are the challenges in managing the increasingly complex IT landscape?
- What new strategies can help manage these challenges?
- How can SDI help manage growing infrastructures?
- Is SDI poised to change, and significantly transform, infrastructure management in the coming years or is it just hype?
- How does a host of software-defined infrastructure models such as a software defined data centre (SDDC), software defined storage (SDS), software defined network (SDN), etc. work? What proprietary or open source tools are available to support them? How can they be deployed?
- How can a smooth transition be made from traditional to modern infrastructure management?
- What are the key issues, risks and challenges in adopting SDI other new approaches and strategies, and how can they be addressed?
- What are the user experience and user interface design issues and challenges in infrastructure management?
- Are there any case studies that demonstrate successful approaches to infrastructure management?
ARTICLE IDEA DEADLINE: 16 MARCH 2015
Please respond to smurugesan[at]cutter[dot]com, with a copy to cgenerali[at]cutter[dot]com no later than 16 March 2015 and include an extended abstract and a short article outline showing major discussion points.
ACCEPTED ARTICLES DUE: 17 APRIL 2015
Most Cutter IT Journal articles are approximately 2,500-3,000 words long, plus whatever graphics are appropriate. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact CITJ's Group Publisher, Christine Generali at cgenerali[at]cutter[dot]com. Editorial guidelines are available online.