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Over the past several years, federal IT departments have worked hard to reduce costs and increase efficiency in response to tight budgets, increased oversight and other pressures. Despite progress, technology continues to change and customers are asking for a host of new services that require more capacity or innovation than current technology infrastructures can pro- vide. Add to that the need to comply with mandates such as the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDDCI) and the Digital Govern- ment Strategy, and it’s clear that agencies need to continue pushing to increase efficiencies and innovation while reducing costs. For many agencies, the first step has been to virtualize various parts of the infrastructure, starting with desktops and servers and, more recently, storage and networking services. Agencies have realized many benefits due to virtualization, including cost reduction and ease of management, faster deployment, and greater levels of automation. While virtualization is an excellent first step that provides exceptional returns, agencies face continuing challenges, from quickly growing data stores and mobile traffic to a demand for new services that require modern infrastructures. This is in addition to the continued struggle of maintaining aging infrastructures and succumbing to budget pressures. A recent MeriTalk survey found that agency personnel spent more than 73 percent of their time performing routine tasks such as provisioning equipment and services, load balancing, back-ups and monitoring, or waiting for technology and service deployments. The survey found that taken together, these tasks cost nearly $5 billion each year in produc- tivity. As agencies continue to drive virtualization across their infrastruc- ture to further increase efficiency and control costs, they must also consider opportunities to optimize the opera- tional aspects of that infrastructure. The next logical step in the evolution of agency technology infrastructure is adoption of the software-defined enterprise (SDE). The SDE takes virtualization to a new level by extending the benefits of virtualization to all infrastructure in the data center—networking, storage, servers, etc. — and delivering everything as a service through a set of common management principals. In many cases, the software-defined enterprise extends beyond the data center and across the campus LAN, WAN, and even public cloud ser- vices. Control in the SDE is entirely governed and automated by soft- ware. This increases availability, scalability, agility and manageability, and requires fewer people to operate. One immediate result is the reduction of capital expenditure as high-cost hardware is replaced with commodity infrastructure. A recent VMware survey found that enterprises that adopt a soft- ware-defined strategy find immediate Improving ROI with a Holistic Approach to Software-Defined Solutions ROI: THE SOFTWARE-DEFINED ENTERPRISE VMware_GCN_4pgAd_final2.indd 1 1/9/15 12:46 PM
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