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Utilities Continue to Invest in Software Defined Management Tools

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At one time, utility IT teams had to manually configure the computer infrastructure whenever an application was deployed or enhanced. Embracing Software Defined Interface (SDI) solutions offloaded that work to new intelligent management tools. Because of the benefits, revenue for these digital solutions increased 10.7% and reached $6.5 billion during the first half of the year in 2021, according to International Data Corp.

The market research firm divided the tools into three markets. The first, Software-defined compute (SDC) software virtualizes groups of physical compute nodes into a single logical resource. SDC is implemented at various layers of the software stack and can be used in public/private clouds and virtualized environments.

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Software Defined Storage Gains Traction

Software-defined storage controller software (SDS-CS) represents a complete storage software stack that delivers storage services. The storage controller is extensible and autonomous and allows data access via known and/or published interfaces, such as Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), and standard file, block, and object interfaces.

Network virtualization and SDN controller software is made up of network virtualization overlays and SDN controllers used in datacenter networks. Both the overlays and controllers support SDN architectures with multiple protocols and southbound/northbound interfaces and APIs.

The way that energy companies manage their computer infrastructure has been changing recently. The move away from traditional inefficient hardware based, manual processes to SDI enables them to streamline deployments and ongoing maintenance. Consequently, sales of these solutions have been rising by double digits and easing energy company technology infrastructure maintenance requirements.

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