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12 May 2017

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Today's data centres see Software Defined Infrastructure as a central element. Discussing this in detail at Data Centre World Asia Hong Kong 2017 is Paul Weber, Vice President of Engineering, Rahi Systems, who spoke to John Bensalhia...

Pullout quote: “As compute/storage/networking resources are pooled, deploying micro-services instead of fully-fledged VMs provides the resource usage to be more efficient than in a classical monolithic approach.”

A key focal point of today's data centre is Software Defined Infrastructure. Speaking about the challenges and futures for data centre managers with respect to this move is Paul Weber, Vice President of Engineering, Rahi Systems.

Paul's session('Paradigm Shifts in Physical Infrastructure Management with Software Defined Infrastructure') will take place at Data Centre World Asia Hong Kong from 2.30 to 2.55pm on Wednesday 24th May 2017. 

“Software Defined Infrastructure is becoming the focus in every aspect of the data centre, from compute, storage, and network all the way to physical infrastructure,” says Paul. “With this shift, how does a data centre manager maintain and control these assets with less resources? Software Defined Infrastructure allows data centre teams to abstract, normalise and virtualise physical assets from the facility down to the BMC, effectively allowing massive data collection and analytics to manage the infrastructure. This session will focus on case studies and architectures in this domain.”

Paul originally spent 16 years in the data centre operations organisation of Yahoo! Here, he worked his way up from technician to senior director. In his tenure at Yahoo!, he gained extensive knowledge of both the facilities and IT aspects of data centre operations.

Today, as Vice President of Engineering, Paul oversees the engineering team at Rahi Systems, bringing almost two decades of experience to the design, build-out and operations of web-scale data centres.

Rahi Systems offers a complete set of data centre solutions that optimises the cost, performance, scalability and efficiency of data centre environment.

“Rahi Systems was founded in 2012 by entrepreneurs with deep expertise in networking, data centres, server infrastructure and systems,” says Paul. “The company’s growth can be attributed to its culture of customer success, which emphasises a solutions-oriented approach, outstanding support and rapid time-to-value.” Rahi Systems is headquartered in Fremont, California, and has offices in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia.

So what are the challenges faced by data centre managers with respect to Software Defined Infrastructure? “With the scale usually found in SDI, the management of physical devices needs to be automated,” says Paul. “The challenge here is the diversity found in the physical infrastructure, regarding management technologies as well as regarding the vendor landscape.”

However, there are benefits to be had from Software Defined Infrastructure for data centres, particularly in efficiency and speed. Paul explains: “As compute/storage/networking resources are pooled, deploying micro-services instead of fully-fledged VMs provides the resource usage to be more efficient than in a classical monolithic approach.  More can be done with the same power/space/cooling requirements.”

“Also, for peak times, additional resources can/will be assigned within seconds instead of weeks.”

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