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The Software-Defined Data Center Is The Future Of Infrastructure Architecture

March 18, 2016

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This is the Landscape report in The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook For 2017.

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Traditional data center thinking must end. Better automation tools, container abstractions, software-defined networks, and composable infrastructure stacks have ushered in a software-defined data center (SDDC) — a broad software abstraction of a complete data center. The potential impact of SDDC products is immense, offering an integrated architecture merging legacy architectures, cloud computing, and workload-centric architectures into a single automation domain. This report helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals understand this future vision and defines the SDDC, the opportunity, and the emerging vendor landscape.

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Table of Contents

  • Despite Decades Of Innovation, The Ultimate Abstraction Eludes Us
  • The Goal: A Software-Defined Abstraction Of The Data Center
  • Composable Infrastructure Supplies 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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