Dynamic infrastructure allows data center hardware and software to be pooled and distributed to meet shifting demand for IT resources.
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: