WFT recognizes that SAP customers are tasked every day to find ways to improve their business agility and speed of innovation, increase their service quality to both internal and external customers, improve their business continuity and reduce/minimize downtime, and ultimately drive down their total cost of ownership (e.g., both CapEx and OpEx).
WFT, strongly believe this can be achieved by leveraging solutions which provide standardization, visualization, orchestration, and most importantly automation. Automation will be a key factor to help achieve lower operating costs, increased productivity (agility), higher availability and reliability (quality), and better performance (speed).
SAP’s increasing demand for cost effective and flexible data center solutions along with the requirements for resource pooling, break down of vendor lock-ins and automatic networking configurations are playing an important role in shaping the future of the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). Even though the solutions can be independently operated, they can be integrated together to provide an overall cost effective solution for the data center.
The major forces driving SAP customers are the innovations in processing power and memory, high demand for resource pooling, and manual/custom networking configurations. SAP customers who already virtualized or in the process of virtualization are looking forward to gaining a better competitive advantage within their data center, by extending intelligent and integrated management platforms through SDDC for better automation.
Ganesh Radhakrishnan, CEO of WFT Cloud (Wharfedale Technologies) stated that technologies like SDDC will provide tangible business benefits for SAP customers with improved agility and reduced operational costs.
WFT being the pioneer for SAP Infrastructure Delivery for decades, strongly believes Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) concept will enable customers to benefit from higher level of automation for their SAP landscapes, including SAP and third-party applications. WFT works closely with vendors to achieve better ROI with SDDC for SAP.
IT infrastructure for typical SAP customers has become distributed and complex. Companies also end up with disparate infrastructure because of mergers and acquisitions. This results in higher operational costs, lack of global view of systems when new applications are deployed, complicated processes for troubleshooting performance issues, and poor capacity planning. Moving to a SDDC architecture reduces complexity, makes the infrastructure more resilient and agile, while reducing the operational costs.
WFT Cloud, being the first SAP Certified Cloud Services partner, is actively working towards migrating existing data center to SDDC for SAP landscapes. WFT Cloud implemented server virtualization long time ago to reap the benefits of consolidation. The next phase in the roadmap for SDDC was network virtualization which was achieved with implementation of Software Defined Networking which currently provides the core routing, VPN and firewall functionalities for the SAP instances in WFTCloud. The next logical step is storage virtualization which is currently in the process of being rolled out. WFTCloud gained valuable experience in deploying this architecture internally for SAP landscapes and intends to use this knowledge to solve customer’s business problems and provide automated service provisioning capabilities.