What is Digital Infrastructure?


During his opening remarks at the NEXT15 user conference, SevOne’s CEO, Jack Sweeney, stated, “SevOne is not a network monitoring company. We’re a digital infrastructure management company.”

If you didn’t attend the event, or if you are unfamiliar with the term, you might wonder, “What is digital infrastructure?”

Like digital infrastructure itself, the definition is complex. Try to imagine the entire spectrum of network, compute, and storage functions required for the successful delivery of applications and services in a mobile, all-IP connected economy. This may include:

  • Virtualized server pools for responsive compute
  • Cloud services for on-demand capacity
  • Software-defined networking for agile operations
  • Network functions virtualization for elastic infrastructure
  • Hyperscale data centers and storage centers for meeting market demand
  • IoT sensors and other IP-connected devices for sensing real-time conditions

And then there’s the orchestration and automation that ties all of these components together to support efficient and reliable application and service delivery.

Everything in our personal and professional lives depends on digital infrastructure. There are billions of connected mobile devices. There are 3.5 billion mobile broadband subscriptions. 1 billion fixed broadband subscriptions. 5 billion IoT devices. All of them connect to 1 billion websites. And everyone expects them to work anytime, anywhere.

What we’re seeing today is just the beginning. Apps and content are driving higher volumes. Mobile traffic will grow by 59 percent this year. Networks and datacenters are becoming fully virtualized with NFV and SDN. Complexity continues to be on the rise. 4G seemed impressive, but now we’re headed right into 5G.

All of the Internet of Things – from connected devices to sensors, from wearables to cars – will produce amounts of data that exponentially exceed even the massive amounts we currently see. The number of connected devices could climb to 200 billion – a staggering sum.

And then there’s cloud service delivery, which is moving to SDx and Hyperscale Data Centers. By the end of 2016, more than half of compute capacity, and more than 70 percent of the storage capacity, will be installed in hyperscale data centers. Virtualization is accelerating the transition to the cloud, and hybrid clouds are becoming the norm.

The days of racking and stacking new devices are over. The physical infrastructure that you were long accustomed is being virtualized. The challenge today – the challenge of all these trends – is complexity and scale.

And we believe SevOne is uniquely qualified to address those challenges.