A New Style Is Emerging in the Enterprise Software

A New Style Is Emerging in the Enterprise
Software-Defined Architecture
According to Gartner’s Yefim V. Natis, VP & Fellow, a new enterprise architectural style is rising these days:
Software-Defined Architecture (SDA).
If you look at today’s Enterprise IT challenges, IT departments are asked to do more, faster and at a lower
cost. They require new ways to rapidly deliver business applications and IT services while driving overall
With that understanding, HTBase release our Software-Defined Architecture base software, HTVCenter.
HTVCenter is a 100% software-defined solution with no reliance on special purpose hardware for
resilience, performance and availability. Allowing for new capabilities without hardware costs.
When using HTVCenter to automate the datacenter, companies can benefit in several ways, such as:
- Lower costs: 40-60% reduction in overall CapEx and OpEx
- Limitless scalability: Scale infrastructure predictably with no limits
- Smaller footprint: Reduction in power, cooling and space
- Time for IT innovation: Free IT resources to focus on important business initiatives and true
But before we take a deep dive into HTVCenter and it’s benefits, let’s undertand a bit more about SoftwareDefined Architecture
SDA follows on the path of Software-defined Networking (SDN), Software-defined Storage (SDS), and
others, introduced by cloud computing, but this time it applies to whole stacks of software. The main idea
is to introduce a level of virtualization between software producers and consumers. This boundary hides
the internal details of a certain implementation, making it possible to change or replace the
implementation without affecting the consumer. This process leads to the creation of two sets of APIs: an
internal one for the producer’s use and an external one for the consumer as seen in the above graphic.
While the Inner API expresses a system’s organization in easily maintainable modules following standard
architectural principles and comes on top of system optimizations for performance, the purpose of the
Outer API is to make the Inner API easily and safely consumable by various external entities. Outer APIs
offer a simplified view of the system and are optimized for network calls initiated over long distances.
To create SDA one starts with services, but they are not to be consumed directly. Instead, a gateway
separates the services from consumers, creating a virtualization boundary between the two, as shown
SDA Gateway is responsible for the process of virtualizing the internal implementation resulting in the
translation of the Inner APIs, the protocols and models used. This includes dealing with API versioning.
The gateway covers a number of other functions such as security, routing, orchestration, etc.
With that technical background and understanding, we know that to compete and be more relevant,
companies must evaluate how they can add revenue streams through software. Companies such as
Diebold, Nike, and Tesla have already begun experimenting with ways to improve operational efficiency
and transform their services with software and have been met with great success. Aware that tremendous
potential exists to increase net margins, improve customer acquisition, and enhance customer loyalty,
companies will continue exploring new ways of generating software-based revenue.
If you would like to better understand SDA and how HTVCenter can help your organization take advantage
of this new era in IT, contact our team today and we will be happy to provide you with more information.
Bruno Andrade
Product Director
HTBase Canada
e-Mail: [email protected]
Samuel Ayres
Sales Director
HTBase Latin America
e-Mail: [email protected]
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