Akkiraju described the next-generation data centers as a type of private cloud that has less siloed architecture with shared pools of infrastructure that are "dynamic and intelligent."
Without offering specifics, Akkiraju said customers have been vocal about needed upgrades, which spurred the changes that will offer more SaaS-like capabilities while also supporting virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI) and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) corporate strategies.
Akkiraju pointed to the example of Salesforce.com, an application many companies deploy, but that the data for which comes from many places: -- on premise and through a private cloud, or even off premise through a public cloud.
"So how do you stitch together data that comes from different parts of the infrastructure, some owned by the company and some stored externally for a mobile salesperson with an iPhone or an iPad?" he said. "That's a great example of a next-generation data center workload that requires a different type of architecture and thinking."
"The next phase of what we're about to embark on ... will establish the convergent infrastructure as a foundation and start to build an ecosystem around truly freeing up the CIO to be able to deliver the IT as a service," Akkiraju said. "In the cloud era, you accept a certain level of standardization to get the benefits of flexibility and speed."
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