Making the Business Case for Software Defined Bare Metal Infrastructure
A new white-paper from my colleagues makes an interesting case on how Software defined bare metal infrastructure (SDBMI) solves one of the age old barriers to end-to-end automation which is the bare metal layer and by doing so it also allows companies to not just save millions but also better serve the growing demand for bare metal as a service.
Here are some high lights:
SDBMI can save millions of dollars:
SDBMI enables companies to treat physical compute, storage and network as pools of resources that can be provisioned as needed. It’s an emerging category of infrastructure that’s aimed at optimizing IT resources and improving business agility.
It solves the “last mile problem of automation”, by enabling modern centralized management and cloud-like consumption of physical equipment.
This problem is costing companies an estimated $1,400,000 per year in man hours alone and an additional $700,000 per year in underutilized resources for every 5000 servers1.
Why we see renewed interest in bare metal?
This novel approach also comes amid renewed interest in bare metal fueled by the increased use of containers, novel application architectures, NoSQL databases, realtime processing and others. 53 percent of organizations now use Docker and 48 percent use Kubernetes.
[...] When asked what is the primary motivation of using a bare metal automation software instead of manually managing server & network, users replied: 1. Enable self-service bare metal (54%). Deliver infrastructure faster (28%) 3. Reduce human errors (11%) 4. Reduce resource waste (7%)
Secondary objectives we hear frequently are:
Supporting edge cloud scenarios
However, software defined bare metal infrastructure also offers other benefits.
It can help with businesses build an abstraction layer on top of physical equipment allowing developers to consume resources without worrying about variations between environments, all without sacrificing performance.
It also helps IT departments drive innovation, supporting the R&D department with self-service, container optimized infrastructure as well as help the business drive costs down by as much as 6x when compared to cloud-based resources by using in-house, self-managed off the shelf bare metal infrastructure.
Read more on the Making the Business Case for Software Defined Bare Metal Infrastructure whitepaper: