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What are Software Defined Data Centers?

Software-defined data centers or SDDCs allow companies to use their physical infrastructure through cloud based software solutions. All in all, SDDC is a method that helps transfer all functionalities from your hardware and other resources in the form of a centralized service.

Virtualization is the integral idea behind software-defined data centers, and it can be related with your:

  •         Network
  •         Storage
  •         Server

We already talked how industry leading companies like Microsoft and Apple started recognizing the potential of cloud based services.

Intel is one of these thought leaders as well. Hardware development giant that decided to cut more than 10% of their workforce, so they can increase investments reserved for cloud server hardware.

Together with their project partner HyTrust, Intel conducted a survey over 500 corporate decision makers in the US covering topics about the potential business usage of the cloud.

Between 40% and 65% of these people expect to see:

  •         Increased adoption,
  •         Greater usage of the public cloud,
  •         Faster deployment,
  •         Clearer real-life benefits,
  •         Increased adoption of software-defined data centers,

… happening on the cloud market in 2016.

Targeting is a huge part of digital marketing, and it relies on choosing the perfect customer before anything else happens.

If Intel found out their target customer wants to enjoy increased virtual service benefits, focusing on software-defined data solutions isn’t a huge surprise.

Is The Market Ready?

Companies recognized the potential of cloud IT services. More than 70% of the people that were a part of the survey, believe the adoption of SDDC will increase in the upcoming year.

When focusing on virtual deployment of their company’s computing power, networking and storage; decision makers believe software-defined data center solutions will be able to:

  •         Ease up repetitive processes,
  •         Increase management control,
  •         Automate various processes,

… which will result with increase in corporate flexibility and reduce maintenance or organizational costs.

Competition is present in every industry sector, so once leading companies start deploying SDDC solutions, the rest of the bunch will follow.

What’s Slowing Up Progress?

Transferring your entire infrastructure from a local environment to the cloud isn’t a simple task by any means. You need to think about ways to complete the process without affecting your operation and make sure the new system is completely functional from day one.

Having this mindset, and the fact you operate with sensitive data, automatically leads you to think about security.

When you see a service as powerful as Dropbox struggling with security issues, suddenly a software-defined data center doesn’t seem as the right solution at the moment.

The same number of people that supported SDDC usage increase in the survey, listed security as their number one reason to slow down their migration efforts.

New solutions may bring new risks with them. That’s why companies are waiting to see bulletproof method that’s:

  •         Tested;
  •         Has a solid offer;
  •         Presents a clear added value;
  •         Can be customized;
  •         Easy to maintain.

Once a solution like this arises on the market, companies will pace up the tempo and start implementing software-defined data centers as a new virtual way of using their infrastructure.

Greatest Benefit

The greatest benefit software-defined data centers offer is the increase of a company’s ability to automate processes.

The basic investment in the world of economy is time. If companies see the cloud as a tool giving them the opportunity to decrease working hours, they’ll immediately calculate all the risks connected with the implementation of such solutions.

What companies will probably find out when they do this, is how the security risk question when talking about SDDCs is more a global perception mixed with terrifying examples from the past, rather than a presentation of the current state in the industry.