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For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

The Software-Defined Data Center Comes Of Age

October 30, 2017


Why Read This Report

Traditional data center thinking has ended. Better automation tools, container abstractions, software-defined networks (SDNs), and composable infrastructure have ushered in unprecedented abstraction, yielding the software-defined data center (SDDC). The impact of the SDDC is immense, offering an opportunity to integrate legacy architectures, cloud, and workload-centric architectures into a single automation domain. This report helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals understand this vision and defines the current state, opportunity, and emerging vendor landscape of the SDDC. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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Table of Contents

  • Despite Decades Of Innovation, End-To-End Abstraction Still Eludes Us
  • The Goal: A Software-Defined Abstraction Of The Data Center
  • Composable And Programmable Infrastructure Is The Missing Link
  • Scenarios For SDDC Productization — The Battle For Management
  • The Emerging Vendor Landscape For Software-Defined Data Centers
  • Recommendations

  • Assess SDDC's Impact On Your Service Delivery Capabilities
  • What It Means

  • A Revolution: Infrastructure Management Versus Service Deployment
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents

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