The concept of pooling data center assets such as storage, network bandwidth, processing power and even cloud services has been expressed by a number of IT terms: software-defined data centers, virtual data centers, service-oriented architecture, hybrid cloud, Infrastructure 2.0 and Next-Generation Data Center.
Dynamic infrastructure leverages the combined IT resources to provide flexible IT capacity and enable a seamless, real-time allocation of resources in compliance with demand from business processes. This is done by using virtualization technology to pool computing resources and automated tools to allocate resources on-demand. This allows for load balancing and is more efficient than keeping a large amount of computing resources available to run tasks that are rarely or inconsistently done.
Use cases of dynamic infrastructure
Dynamic infrastructure is used in various ways such as:
- Reducing energy consumption for utility companies
- Better monitoring usage by location, user, and function for communication companies
- Optimizing energy efficiency and ensuring disaster recovery readiness for technology systems
- Monitoring and managing presses, valves, and assembly equipment through embedded electronics for production environments
- Securing access to locations and tracking movement of assets for facility organizations
- Route optimizations for transportation companies
Dynamic infrastructure vendors
Vendors that promote dynamic infrastructure include: