The phrase "software defined data center" has rapidly become an industry buzzword, and like most buzzwords, it's used a little too often. In this case, however, the buzzword strikes me as an accurate description of reality — and it's a reality that lies beyond traditional data centers.
Data centre transformation is accelerating beyond virtualization to next-generation Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC), bringing new challenges for flexibility, application performance, scalability and mobility. The underlying software defined data center is far more flexible and emerging as one of the most disruptive advances that enterprises have seen in the past decade. The foundation and aim of a software defined data center is to build an efficient, agile and service-driven IT for a simplified, responsive and adaptive infrastructure. A software defined data center is about using software to bridge the technological and organizational gaps between discrete IT silos that can be managed holistically as part of the business.
According to a report , the global SDDC market is estimated at $396.1 million in 2013 and expected to grow to $5.41 billion in 2018. This represents an estimated CAGR of 68.7% from 2013 to 2018. This clearly shows that the IT arena is certainly moving towards SDDC. Enterprises are embracing a software defined data centers to transforms the traditionally infrastructure-centric data center, with their focus on ensuring the proper operation of compute, network, and storage elements, into an application or business service focused environment. Infact, number of vendors, including IBM, is actively developing the Software Defined Environment (SDE) approach and standards to deliver an efficient, robust business function by creating new solutions and intelligent and integrated management platforms for the overall and integrated SDDC. The Software Defined Data Center has become the defining architectural abstraction for infrastructure architects as it integrates legacy IT infrastructure as well as newer VM-centric, cloud, and workload-centric architecture.
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