BlogSoftware-Defined Data Center (SDDC) – General Background and Market Trends

In our last blog post we shared five ways that a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) boosts business value. To summarize, they were:

  1. Faster time to value
  2. Minimize IT spend
  3. Eliminate vendor lock-in
  4. Free IT staff for innovation
  5. Unmatched efficiency and resiliency

But let’s back up and take a look at exactly what a Software-Defined Data Center actually is and examine some industry insights and trends.

A SDDC decouples your services from your hardware so you no longer need to manually apply complex configurations to proprietary hardware solutions. This, in turn, allows you to better manage demand and prioritize workloads. In short, a SDDC is a data center where all the infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as-a-service, including networking, storage, security, and CPU. Combining Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Software-Defined Storage (SDS), with Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) makes a SDDC possible.

According to Allied Market Research, SDDC:

  • Is expected to reach $139 billion by 2022
  • Experience a CAGR of 32 percent between 2016 – 2022
  • The expected factors impacting the SDDC market include:
    • Exponential data growth
    • Scalability and cost-effectiveness
    • Streamlined and automated data center operations
    • Increasing need of data storage options

Gartner has been espousing the SDDC since 2015, when it said that by 2020 the “programmatic capabilities of an SDDC will be considered a requirement for 75 percent of Global 2000 enterprises that seek to implement a DevOps approach and a hybrid cloud model.

Is the timing right for you to consider a SDDC model? That’s a question we hear often and our answer is more often than not “it depends.” There are a lot of factors at play which can determine whether the timing is right or not. Reach out and check out our SDDC workshop, where you can discuss your current goals, challenges, and plans for automating your production services.

About the Author

Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist

Throughout his twenty-five year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist at ASG, Dustin uses his advanced understanding of cloud compute models to help customers develop and align their cloud strategies with their business objectives. His master-level engineering knowledge spans storage, systems, and networking.