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SOFTWARE-DEFINED ENTERPRISE Lowering cost through sDe One of the biggest pressures on government IT departments is budget. Budgets remain flat at best, yet demands continue to grow. A software-defined enterprise or components of an SDE can help lower IT costs in these ways: Moving to a fully software-defined enterprise takes time, and is typically done in steps: virtualization, cloud, software-defined storage, software-defined networking, the software-defined data center, and then full SDE. Slowly but surely, organizations are making their way. sLow but steaDy 59% of federal agencies are moving to software-defined storage 66% of federal agencies are transitioning to software-defined data centers 55% of federal agencies are moving to software-defined networking Software-defined networks can reduce networking costs by 45% in government data centers Software-defined networking can reduce Capex on individual network devices by 50-70% Moving to a software-defined data center can cut Capex by up to 49% Software-defined enterprises save organizations 30% in both operations and development staff time Software-defined storage can cut storage costs by 43% for government agencies SDEs increase revenues by 26% due to new applications and IT services chaLLenges LeaDing to change Fast-growing data stores, an explosion in mobile traffic, demand for new services and budget constraints are pressing issues for agencies’ IT infrastructures. Here are the top challenges that a software-defined enterprise can address: 54% of fEdERal RESPoNdENTS believe they can improve security by reducing network complexity 77% of govERNmENT IT dEcISIoN-makERS agree that agencies must reduce storage management costs, improve service delivery, and data protection 73%: amouNT of TImE govERNmENT IT PRofESSIoNalS spend waiting for technology and service deployments or performing routine tasks 70% of IT dEcISIoN-makERS have been negatively impacted by performance issues when running applications requiring fast access to data 51% of govERNmENT IT maNagERS expect agency data to increase by 30% or more each year 76% of fEdERal IT SPENdINg currently goes to operations and maintenance infrastructure VirtuaLization is the first step Federal agencies have implemented some form of virtualization Agencies will have deployed a server virtualization initiative by the end of this year Agencies will have desktop virtualization by the end of this year 79% 77% 63% cLouD comes before sDe Cloud adoption in government is slow but steady, and it’s an important step toward SDE. The top three benefits of cloud for government are: • better security • more storage • lower cost why sDe? • More automation = more effective use of personnel • Lower cost • Greater manageability • Flexibility and agility • Improved speed and performance • Faster deployment of new applications For more information, please visit www.vmware.com/vmwarestory