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Ben Yemini

3 Fundamental Steps To Successfully Adopt Software-Defined Control

VMTurbo’s technology has fundamentally disrupted the virtualization management space with a platform and set of solutions that represent a significant paradigm shift from legacy management approaches while aligning to new architectures in the dawn of the software-defined ‘X’ era. This shift can be seen across the data center in multiple areas including storage, networking, and now management with software, big data, and analytics converging to create solutions that drive real-time decisions and automation based on context, condition, and increased control.

With VMTurbo, the efficiencies gained with software-defined control produce immediate and measurable results as customers see dramatically improved service levels, increased workload density, and, on average, 30%+ gains in terms of ROI by fully embracing a converged management and automation approach. However, as it goes with any new process and methodology, there are challenges in adopting new practices when existing policies, procedures, and technologies play by the old rules.

Fortunately, there is an “easy button” when it comes to VMTurbo’s technology; however, organizational transformation at scale requires careful planning and a phased approach. Success needs to be realized incrementally by taking your organization on a journey that weighs risks and complexity against benefits and maintaining a marketable competitive edge relative to your competition. In real terms, assuring application performance while maintaining efficient utilization of virtualized infrastructure solves the intelligent workload management problem, and defines the rules of a game you are guaranteed to win with the right approach.

3 steps to adopt software-defined control

In recognizing the above, VMTurbo is taking a differentiated and market-leading position—not just with our technology, but also in developing capabilities, programs, and services that support our customers and drive customer success with demonstrated thought leadership with proven industry best practices. We are changing a market and this fundamentally requires long-term partnerships with our customers—for us, short-term gain is simply not an option. In helping customers navigate the software-defined era effectively through data-driven controls and intelligence, existing management paradigms will give way to increased efficiencies and give back time to re-purpose for more pressing and strategic priorities. Knowledge is key and by providing our customers with expertise and proven best practices, organizations will gain the confidence and agility needed to take their business strategy and technology investments to the next level and beyond. To get started on your journey and to help get the most out of your investment consider these fundamental steps:

  1. Develop Success Plans and Blueprints
    Develop phased plans and blueprints that seek to dismantle silos and align data center cross-functional areas to newly formed and evolving best-of-breed management practices. At times, what appears to be giving up control is actually providing more control. However, the instinct for “business as usual” needs to be challenged as teams from network, storage, security, change and capacity management, etc. all need to come together and collaborate on innovative solutions to fundamentally new problems.
  2. Manage Risk and Complexity
    Resist the urge to introduce too much functionality and complexity at once by limiting your use cases and developing a phased approach to staging success and managing risk. Nothing undermines progress like unplanned outages or lack of knowledge to deal with issues. So, take the time needed to educate your organization and demonstrate quantifiable results based on pre-determined outcomes.
  3. Measure and Manage – Plan for the Future
    Planning, modeling, and reporting are key functions, and are tools used to objectify success. VMTurbo provides a host of capabilities in this area that can be used to see the future before the future even occurs. As an example, want to know how your disaster recovery site will perform before an unplanned event occurs? Don’t just monitor these types of outages, but model them in advance to ensure performance levels and outcomes. Again, do not play by conventional rules and think out of the box to push the boundaries of what is possible.