How to anticipate SDI roadblocks and bypass them | #StructureConf

Jonathan Donaldson Structure 2015

In the first day of Structure, LLC’s Structure 2015 conference, discussions and examinations of services for cloud utilities and architecture were covering a wide array of topics and specifics. From consumer applications to enterprise solutions, new developments were being eagerly assessed and explored.

Jonathan Donaldson, VP and GM of software-defined infrastructure at Intel, met with George Gilbert, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to talk about some of the challenging developments for Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI), its history and what might be expected in the future.

Operational cost and orchestration

From virtualization of the computer itself to networking and organizing those virtual machines over server connectivity, the components of SDI have presented a special set of difficulties since their beginnings.

Paralleled by the rise of software-defined networking (SDN), and new trends in storage, the programmatic computation of these components calls for careful assessment and management. Happily, Dynamic Resource Scheduling (DRS) came into service as an answer to these needs, though further complications of the services arise as it evolves.

Importance to enterprises

As Donaldson pointed out, the likeliness that using these organizational tools will contribute to a businesses revenue generation is highly influential on how likely they’ll be to use them. As he saw it, customers become more proficient with and see more benefit from adoption of SDI the further along they are, putting early adopters far ahead of the curve.

But with as widespread adoption sets in, new problems will likely emerge. “When you start to make the per-unit cost incredibly low, of a resource, and also at the same time create the barrier to entry as very low, or the ease of access of those very easy to get to, Jevons paradox kicks in, and then you actually see a massive growth in those, because the innovation cycle kicks in,” he said.

Watch the full interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of Structure 2015.

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