VMware IaaS: Converting from virtualization to a software-defined data center

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: David Davies.

Converting a virtualized data center to a software-defined data center enables automation and self-service. In practice, VMware's software-defined data center concept restructures the data center's software and the virtualization admin's role to provide Infrastructure as a Service.

"Software-defined data center" (SDDC) is a generic term that doesn't describe any particular vendor's solution. However, VMware coined the term -- a very new concept and one that is not even fully fulfilled by VMware's current offering. You could implement a software-defined data center with other competitive solutions, but VMware is the only vendor using the SDDC moniker. VMware says that its software-defined data center concept is different from other cloud offerings, with a focus on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)...

VMware IaaS products stack automation, encapsulation, self-service and cloud interconnectivity atop virtualization to create a software-defined data center. According to VMware, "software-defined" is the next evolution of data centers, built on a VMware vSphere and vCloud virtual infrastructure. It creates VMware's version of IaaS with private or hybrid clouds...

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