A Software Defined Data Center, or SDDC, is the next step in the automation of traditional data-center infrastructure. To put it simply, it is the virtualization of all the components of the infrastructure: the compute, storage and network layers.
Most people are by now familiar with the virtualization of the compute layer, whether by MWare, Hyper-V or another hypervisor software. Thanks to these technologies, server hardware can be adapted more flexibly, we can carry out the required consolidation and rationalization, and the management is simplified.
Within the concept of the Software Defined Data Center, this virtualization is extended to the storage and network layers. This is done to also introduce the benefits of consolidation, simplification and central management in these areas.
An important aspect of extending this virtualization exercise is the interoperability of the different virtualization solutions. After all, the aim is to simplify, not to add more complexity.
Once the different components have been virtualized and work together smoothly, we can introduce what may well be the most important benefit that a Software Defined Data Center offers: automation and orchestration of workloads.
The entire infrastructure is controlled by predefined policies. Result: deployment times are reduced to minutes rather than days. End users can start relevant workloads themselves using a portal, without ICT losing overall control.
For example, a marketing department wants to launch an extra website for a special campaign. In a traditional environment, it would have to submit a request to ICT. ICT would then carry out various operations on the different devices to create a virtual server with the necessary storage capacity and the correct network settings. In a SDDC, the marketeer can start the workflow himself via the ICT portal. A few minutes later, he can start working on the content of the new website.
The simple answer is yes! Of course, a lot of planning and work is required before the components of the Software Defined Data Center can be implemented. But once implemented, the return is immediate: time saving is immediately felt, in both large and small companies.
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