The time of artificial intelligence has finally arrived. Although AI had its emergence as a field of study since the late 60s, it remained on the margins as more of a research area with little or no actual impact on mainstream real-world problem solving.
The next generation of Enterprise IT is expected to be fully software defined to achieve the scale and efficiency demands created by third platform technologies. Compute, storage and networking vendors will have to migrate to technologies like cloud, Software Defined Storage (SDS) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) to ensure that their products stay relevant in the Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) ecosystem. This paper examines the benefits of SDI, the gaps in emerging standards, as well as the new possibilities SDI offers for workload portability and the business opportunities for the new SDI ecosystem.