With the topic of software-defined data centers (SDDCs) front and center among CIOs, where do SDDCs currently stand and what can we expect from them in the near future?
Originating from distributed computing and nascent virtualization for servers, software-defined data centers now carry with them a vision of virtualizing all data center hardware and letting applications operate according to policies that efficiently address importance and timeliness, running the application on the most appropriate physical resource regardless of where it's located.
With an SDDC, storage and network hardware can become as commoditized as servers have been for some time.
As a result, self-service IT — where users essentially launch their own apps and services at the click of a mouse — could become a reality. Of course, the reality, at least for some time, will likely be somewhat less than the vision, as it always is.
Vendors are already stepping in to make their vision of SDDCs a reality, and are trumping cost savings, improved agility and future-proofing as the biggest benefits of a virtual data center.
Let's take a look at what the software-defined data centers of today offer, and which vendors are closest to ushering in a new era of commoditized hardware and self-service IT.