[Avnet] Is the Future Really Found in the Software-Defined Data Center?

For many customers, the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is more about the future than the present. But, as we know with technology, the future comes upon us very quickly and it’s sometimes hard to predict if a technology movement will actually stick. So, is everyone really moving to the Software-Defined Data Center or is it just hype?

Many industry experts consider the software-defined data center to be the data center of the future because it enables a service-centric approach to provisioning IT resources and managing applications. Consider this – according to one recent report, the SDDC market will grow at a compound annual rate of 28.8% between 2015 and 2020, growing from $21.78 billion to $77.18 billion by 2020[1].

Hype aside, those are some huge numbers, and there are very real reasons why there is such strong interest in the software-defined model, particularly as IT infrastructures accelerate down the path of virtualization and cloud computing. Among the most compelling reasons are the opportunities it provides to:

  • Control costs and reduce total cost of ownership
  • Reduce IT complexity
  • Increase business agility
  • Support cloud initiatives
  • Improve application performance
  • Increase availability
  • Enable a service-centric approach to IT provisioning

The concept behind the software-defined model is to separate the management functions of various infrastructure components from their operating functions. Think of it as server virtualization applied to every other aspect of the infrastructure, including networks and storage.

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