The overarching purpose of this research is to explore how Software Defined Cloud (hereafter “SDC”) impacts data innovation or information technology service providers. Additionally, this research considers the qualitative factors to transitioning from traditional to software defined cloud service provision, its configuration and how it can transform cloud. SDC is a cutting edge proposition which will be at the forefront of technology adoption in 2019. Whilst the application of SDC to cloud is in its nascent phases, already it is deemed to be of particular significance within academic literature and by leading industry experts.
This research will be of interest to the academic community, IT managers, IT technicians, cloud architects and industry experts. Deploying semi structured interview to explore the perceptions of industry experts from Irish Data Centres this research finds that the main barriers to adoption are cost and requirement or need SDC. As SDC is considered as big technological setups, not all businesses can afford or find the need to have such big setups installed. The findings of the research are (i) experiences regarding SDC from a cloud supply-side point of view (ii) benefits that the endeavours procure and (iii) eventual fate of this framework when adopted by ventures. The contribution to academic knowledge is distinctly in regards to transition from traditional to software defined cloud service provision, its configuration and how it can transform cloud. Whereas, the contribution to industry is by providing an overview on the working, general design and architecture of software defined cloud, its virtualised network and various other concepts like software defined environment.