3. Application-aware infrastructure. Once organizations have established an elastic, scalable infrastructure, they can start applying new methods to define their workloads in terms of components (such as application servers and databases) and infrastructure (firewalls, virtual machines, and storage). They can also define the policies that govern deployment and optimization of these resources. Products that use best practices to create these patterns and automate these manual processes exist in the market today, and additional development is under way to extend more freedom of action to developers and better manage the lifecycle of defined patterns.
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The ultimate goal of the software-defined environment is to yield an application-aware infrastructure that captures workload requirements and deployment best practices, provides policy-based automation across data center environments, and includes analytics to optimize in real time.
In an era of rapid change and increasing competition, organizations need a smarter infrastructure that's agile and flexible in order to be successful. Intelligent resource scheduling, elastic data scaling, and automation of best practices are crucial to moving from static, legacy infrastructure to application-aware infrastructure. Once built, a software-defined environment simplifies business operations, makes businesses more responsive to market changes, and maximizes business outcomes.
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