WFT Cloud has announced a new initiative, which involves migrating existing data centers to a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) concept for enterprise software landscapes.

WFT recognizes that 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 capital expenses (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx)). 

WFT strongly believes this can be achieved by leveraging solutions that 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). 

The 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.

According to a recent IDC report, the major forces driving enterprise customers are the innovations in processing power and memory, high demand for resource pooling, and manual/custom networking configurations. Customers that are already running solutions in a virtualized environment or are 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 enterprise customers with improved agility and reduced operational costs.

WFT, a pioneer of infrastructure delivery for decades, strongly believes the SDDC concept will enable customers to benefit from a higher level of automation for their landscapes, including those with applications from SAP and other vendors. WFT works closely with vendors to achieve better ROI with SDDC for use with SAP solutions.

IT infrastructure for typical enterprise customers has often become distributed and complex. Companies also end up with disparate infrastructure because of mergers and acquisitions. Moving to a SDDC architecture can help increase usability, making the infrastructure more resilient and agile and provides a global view of systems when new applications are deployed, while reducing operational costs.

WFT Cloud implemented server virtualization in-house, seven years 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 instances of SAP software in WFT Cloud. The next logical step is storage virtualization, which is currently in the process of being rolled out. WFT Cloud gained valuable experience in deploying this architecture internally for SAP solution landscapes and intends to use this knowledge to solve customers’ business problems and provide automated service provisioning capabilities.