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Understanding the Software Defined Data Center.


The times have changed. Compare the current state of data centers to even five years ago. Vendors created and supported chips, and curruits around a hardware-centric legacy environment.

Now there is a new standard emerging. A more software centric approach and what is known now as SDDC (Software-defined data center). We will dive into three defining characteristics of SDDC’s including virtualization, automation, and the use of IT as a service.

Everything Is Virtualized

In a SDDC environment nothing is spared from virtualization. Beyond virtualizing servers, storage, and supporting services are all virtualized. Including load balancers, wide-area network optimization devices, and deduplication engines.

This approach eliminates the problematic “resource islands” of CPU, memory, storage, and networking that might traditionally be locked within a single-purpose device. This alternative creates a single shared resource pool for both business and infrastructure applications.

Now the virtualization layer can handle all of the heavy lifting. Even if the hardware is a mess, the virtualization abstracts the hardware components of the data center and overlays them with a common software layer which manages the underlying hardware.


SDDC environments allow IT to meet the demands of automation coming down from business execs. With the software-imposed normalization of data centers there is now a possibility for higher degrees of automation. In fact, most ofter the software layer is packed with automation features and offer API’s to aid in automation.

Using IT As A Service

Because of the abstraction of resources away from the hardware and the increase of automated tasks companies are now realizing that they can treat many IT services, well, like services.

Like any services , companies that use ITaaS expect the following;


SDDC provided the conformity that allows IT operate with predictable costs and outcomes.


In todays business climate the data center can’t be a limiting factor when expansion is necessary. It must be an enabler.

Improved Utilization

Hyperconvergence powered SDDC’s are built on common components that avoid resource islands making high utilization rates far easier to reach.

Fewer Personnel

An efficiently run SDDC can soften the strain on existing IT personnel and decrease future IT labor demands. SDDC’s simply require less man power to manage because of the new central software powered matrix.

Reduced Provisioning Time

When a business needs new services SDDC’s offer an environment that reduces provisioning time and increase agility and flexibility.

Taking Action

Exploring the benefits that SDDC’s can offer your business is worth the time. If you have any other questions or need insight into how a SDDC environment might work for you give us a call or reach out via email.

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