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Third platform to catalyze SDx adoption in 2016: Gaurav Sharma,IDC

Yogesh Gupta | June 29, 2016
CIOs should conduct a careful assessment of vendor's roadmaps, service capabilities, R&D budgets and ability to integrate with one's own existing investments for SDx, says Gaurav Sharma, IDC India.

Constantly evolving technology at a pace than it can be consumed/understood

Change in (decades old) service methodology / architecture mindset

Traditional procurement processes

What developments can we expect from Indian enterprises in SDx in 2016? 

(Potential) Customers will look forward to an evolved and (somewhat) standardized set of solutions in 2016. However, SDx is a journey rather than a fortnightly implementation and hence IDC expects that with overtime, organizations of a certain size and needs would start moving towards composable infrastructure (in phases) that would in turn further push the need for SDx. 

IDC also expects that services scenario is also set for a gradual change as architectures move toward SDx that would change the requirements for different OS and softwares. Implementation, consulting and Advisory services in India would gain pace towards the transition of skill sets from 2016 onwards. 

By when will the enterprises' datacenters becoming SDDC (Software defined data centers) as predicted by vendors like VMware, Cisco to name a few? 

SDx would require careful assessment of one's needs and migration procedures. It is a journey and not a fortnightly implementation. There would be an opportunity for both open source and commercial solutions and for the start; it is expected to be a hybrid solution in most of the cases. SDx is constantly being seen as the natural evolution and next step to virtualized and automated (Data center) operations. 

Vendor success would largely depend on its ability to seamlessly deploy, integrate and service its solution with the existing systems to start off with. An important success factor and catalyst towards any vendor's solution adoption would be the transition of its respective channel and how soon it can evolve towards a software centric view of solution and service delivery. Customer education and enablement would also be an important aspect towards the acceptability and adoption of SDx.  

How are enterprise users building a robust SDx posture? Any Dos and Donts for Indian CIOs? 

First, SDx is not for everyone at present. Customers with a static workload are expected to benefit less than others. Hence it's imperative that a careful assessment of one's needs, its roadmap and (if required) an associated migration strategy should be formulated. A services view of the infrastructure is necessary to successfully (start) migrate to SDx. 

Vendors should be chosen carefully as they themselves are evolving towards this approach and overhype/race to be the first (unless understood and assessed properly) should be avoided. A careful assessment of vendor's roadmaps, service capabilities, R&D budgets and ability to integrate with one's own existing investments need to be taken into account. Thorough POCs and testing needs to be done before one can successfully migrate to any phase of SDx. This becomes more important in the light of skill scarcity and movement from decade old architectures to a completely new one. Lastly, investment in skills needs to be more as well as at a faster pace than SDx suddenly staring at one's doorstep. 


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