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PRIMER ON SOFTWARE-DEFINED DATA CENTER (SDDC) | OCTOBER 2016 01 PRIMER ON SOFTWARE-DEFINED DATA CENTER (SDDC): HOW IT RELATES TO DCIM AND YOUR ORGANIZATION W H ITE PA P E R Software-defined data center (SDDC) is one of the newest yet most discussed terms among enterprises today. Coined in 2012, SDDC positions software at the forefront of the data center against hardware. Futuristic as it may still sound, SDDC has become, alongside Cloud, IoT and virtualization, more and more of a reality as enterprises continue to look at scalability, security and self-sufficiency as guiding principles for their IT strategy and implementations. WHAT IS SDDC? According to Gartner, a software-defined data center (SDDC) is a data center in which all the data center infrastructure is virtualized and delivered "as a service." The provisioning and operation of the entire infrastructure is thus automated by software. This enables increased levels of automation and flexibility that will enhance business agility through rising adoption of cloud services and enable modern IT approaches such as DevOps. WHY IS SDDC IMPORTANT? Gartner Research predicts that by 2018, more than 80% of hardware and software infrastructure vendors will have changed their software development processes, moving from CLI and GUI to API-driven functionality, up from less than 20% today. Simultaneously, by 2020, the programmatic capabilities of an SDDC will be required by 75% of Global 2000 enterprises to successfully implement a complete hybrid cloud deployment and/or DevOps development model, up from 10% today. The analyst firm Research & Markets estimated that the SDDC market will achieve a compound annual growth rate of 22% over the next 5 years to reach a total market size of US$80 billion by the end of 2021. Combined, this means SDDC is here to stay and will likely impact most, if not all, aspects of IT planning and delivery of data center needs. HOW DOES SDDC WORK? SDDC extends the cloud delivery model of Infrastructure as a Service. (IaaS) The basic principles of cloud delivery model will continue to be the building blocks. The other key factors of SDDC are the additional integration layers between data center facilities, its legacy hardware and the monitoring and management stack. As illustrated by HM Technologies, a Bangalore-based consulting firm, components such as data center facilities and legacy infrastructure currently coexist as individual components in the data center. TYPICAL DATA CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE ARCHITECTURE Source: HM Technologies, 2014

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