Opening plenary: The open, software-defined, “digital factory of the future”

Francisco Romero, COO, IBM SoftLayer

Colocation and cloud service data centers are the most likely infrastructure enablers of digital transformation. With the exception of the megascale cloud operators, the third-party, single or multi-tenant lease data center will be where digital-first, internet-facing, cloud-native business transformation will occur. It’s in this environment where a wide variety of both business and technology models for software-defined, open-sourced, white-box commoditized, software-defined, highly-optimized and autonomous digital infrastructure will be developed and operationalized.