SDx is not a very specific thing and, hence, it is pretty hard to denote its market size and growth in India, as it would be similar to predicting the same for cloud services in India, says Akhilesh Tuteja, Partner and Head, IT Advisory Services, KPMG in India.
In an interview, Tuteja dwells on the different aspects of software defined and what it means for CIOs of India Inc.
How is SDx expected to be integrated into the functioning of the Indian Inc.?
SDx, in its entirety, has evolved from concepts such as Storage Defined Storage (SDS) and Software Defined Networking (SDN), etc., and it can be potentially beneficial for enterprises. However, like every potentially silver-bullet-look-alike solution, it could become difficult to enable it on high speed as we are likely to see its manifestation in different shapes, forms and positions.
Not everyone is expected to convert their entire infra to SDx as it is unlikely to take shape and size in the expected zone by most stakeholders. However, some companies are adopting bits and pieces of SDx, such as SDS which is relatively easy to deploy.
The growth of SDx is not anticipated to be superlative in India like other technologies because it is not simple to deploy.
Which components could see more growth - SDS or SDN? And what factors may compel enterprises to invest in SDx?
These concepts are often driven by constant propagation. People selling these approaches could speak about successful cases, push very hard, and educate the market to make it popular. SDx is currently not a need which one has, but a need that has to be created. SDS is clearly a stronger proposition as it is relatively easy to deploy and, therefore, more people would want to consider it.
There is a very interesting contrast between SDx and cloud services. SDx is a concept that every company in the world could look at. The idea is that if you are on SDx then you are as good as Amazon yourself. There is a market force pushing many companies to utilize cloud services, which means that the responsibility to deliver lies with its providers. Majority of the cloud environments are SDx-enabled. This contradiction between cloud technologies, of giving the reins to someone else or doing it yourself (DIY) could play out in a number of areas. Having said that, SDS in my view is expected to be ahead of every other x of SDx.
And what about Indian enterprises becoming SDDCs?
We may not see software defined data centers (SDDCs) for a long time in India, unless enterprises own huge IT estate and have to upgrade their IT infrastructure. While there are advantages such as overall cost and faster provisioning time over a period of time, it could be an expensive proposition for the initial stages. It is likely that in 2016, SDDCs still remain more of an aspiration than a reality.
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