The virtualization of all major components of the IT infrastructure—networking, storage and servers—has given rise to the software-defined data center (SDDC).
Unlike traditional, hardware-dependent data center infrastructure, the intelligence of the SDDC is based on the use of software for centrally controlled, policy-based, automated deployment, provisioning, configuration and operation of infrastructure, applications and services. Through abstraction and pooling of hardware resources, combined with automated management that distributes resources as needed to applications, the data center infrastructure is delivered as a service.
In addition to streamlining the data center, industry experts and analysts predict that SDDC will be the foundation of next generation of cloud computing and cloud-based services.
Increases Agility, Flexibility, Responsiveness
Physical space in a data center is limited. In a traditional data center, enterprises must contend with the high ongoing cost of managing and maintaining hardware such as network switches, servers and storage devices. Changing or adding new resources can be quite complex and time-consuming for IT staff.
SDDC provides tremendous benefits for all enterprises that struggle with data center management, especially those with limited IT resources. The most important is that it dramatically simplifies the process and increases the speed of appropriating and provisioning networking, server and storage resources, enabling an organization to become more flexible, agile and responsive to customers. With automated policy-based provisioning, for example, application deployment can occur in minutes—or even seconds.
Virtualized Infrastructure is More Cost-Effective
Automating the data center though intelligent software is more cost-effective because it conserves hardware and staff resources. This allows infrastructure to be used more efficiently and allows staff to focus on business-critical technology innovation instead of routine management tasks.
Finally, because the SDDC automatically provisions resources according to application and workloads needs, organizations can enjoy the benefits of a zero-downtime infrastructure.