A Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) essentially virtualizes, pools, and automates all the resources in a data center, including networking, storage, security and CPU.
In addition to overcoming data center challenges—such as operational inefficiencies, infrastructure flexibility, and downtime and security weaknesses—a Software-Defined Data Center delivers a number of benefits that translate into business value. Here are five as cited by VMware in its business brief Delivering on the Promise of the Software-Defined Data Center (PDF):
- Faster Time to Value. Today’s data center is viewed more as a strategic asset than a cost center—but to realize this vision, it must be able to provision resources quickly and efficiently. Because resources in an SDDC are pooled, they’re deployed automatically and can deliver application rollouts in minutes. This flexibility allows data centers to respond quickly to changes, resulting in a potentially powerful competitive advantage and faster realized value.
- Minimize IT Spend. Pooling and assigning resources in a SDDC helps maximize the use of the infrastructure in place (much like virtualization in a server). And, like a virtualized server environment, IT staff can spend less time with maintenance and deployment. The SDDC can also make smart use of existing commodity x86 hardware, which cuts the need for expensive capital spend.
- Eliminate Vendor Lock-In. Most data centers today are built with a variety of hardware. In an SDDC, use of commodity components provides the ability to buy servers in quantity from nearly any provider. This eliminates vendor lock-in while saving money.
- Free IT Staff for Innovation. The SDDC delivers a management and automation framework that eliminates complexity, without sacrificing scalability. Now, IT staff can spend more time thinking about the big picture needs of a strategic data center that delivers value—and less time on mundane maintenance tasks.
- Unmatched Efficiency and Resiliency. The flexibility inherent in an SDDC results in a platform capable of supporting any application needs, including high-performance computing, Big Data, and latency-sensitive applications. With changes and workloads being managed by the software, any failures are automatically dealt with by rerouting workloads to other servers. This avoids outages and downtime.
With cloud computing solutions and mobile technology services accelerating rapidly, infrastructures have evolved into an SDDC approach that delivers a consistent, common management platform, data center scalability and flexibility, and overall organizational agility. VMware is positioned nicely in this space and helps us bring a cloud-first approach to many of our clients’ needs.