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Lego-based infrastructure – the future of open architectures?

Prominent Open Source advocates will descend on DCD at CeBIT’s stage in Hall 12 this March, outlining the future of open infrastructures and tackling the growing data needs from the digital world.

04 Feb. 2016

The convergence of IT and facilities is happening at a rapid speed, with software being the ultimate word in the modern data center. Against this backdrop, DatacenterDynamics at CeBIT (14-18 March, Hannover) gathers experts from the global IT infrastructure community to map out how the digital economy is rapidly transforming the design, build and operation of the underlining infrastructure which it critically relies upon. And Open Source is at the front of this transformation.

"The Open infrastructure revolution has hit the data center across the entire stack, bringing the notion of Open and collaborative development from the software layers down into the hardware, all the way to the chip", says David Turek, VP of Exscale Computing at IBM, who will be speaking on the evolution and transformation of HPC with open architectures on the DCD StackingIT stage at the event.

The "Open" organisations such as the Open Compute Foundation, OpenPOWER, OpenIX and OpenStack will be represented at the event, providing case studies and debating the future of open-source powered IT infrastructures on the StackingIT stage.

The Lego effect

The open-source model will especially be crucial in the data center with the rise of microservices and containers, which took the industry by storm last year. In 2016 organisations will increasingly move away from big servers into small microservices around multiple servers or data centers.

"Microservices will require "infrastructure" out of the box which can be constructed in a "lego based" approach. Infrastructure near capabilities like compute, storage, network as well as infrastructure related capabilities like load balancing and replication have to have a "plug and play" approach and the implementation should be invisible to the consuming microservice", says Gunnar Menzel, Capgemini’s VP& Chief Architect and President of the Open Data Center Alliance, who will present more in-depth analysis of this concept at DCD at CeBIT in March.

These new and open approaches are set to transform data center network architectures, ensuring continuous, agile delivery of business services as we move into the software-defined era.

"The open-source evolution is having a profound effect on accelerating the journey towards the software-defined data center. DCD at CeBIT is the ideal platform for the logical and physical world to collide on the two open stages, helping the industry to collaboratively build out IoT based infrastructures", says George Rockett, CEO & Co-Founder, DatacenterDynamics.