Every CIO wants to achieve the software-defined data center (SDDC). Organizations across the globe are looking to modify their compute, storage, and networking infrastructures, trying to make all aspects of their data center infrastructure more software-defined — with the ultimate goals of increasing agility, flexibility, and efficiency. As the concept of “software-defined” becomes increasingly prevalent, the need to simplify the process, while still achieving the SDDC nirvana, is critical.
The majority of organizations realize the potential operational benefits from adopting software-defined technologies in one’s IT infrastructure, however, they are missing a key ingredient. The SDDC is not achieved by simply bolting together virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN), and software-defined storage (SDS). While these components are important, a true SDDC is not something that can be bought off the shelf, but rather is an operational state achieved by adopting a new way of managing and controlling all the moving parts within the infrastructure.