The Next-Generation Data Center

The mobile and cloud era is changing line-of-business expectations of IT. Forced teleworking brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has only made the situation more challenging. A Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) approach assists IT organizations in agile delivery of resources needed for applications and services in the on-premise data centers.  The VMware approach to the SDDC is a prime example in this space.

The SDDC architecture makes the hybrid cloud possible as it can be extended from an on-prem environment to the public cloud. To logically define all infrastructure services, the SDDC applies the principles of server virtualization—that is, abstraction, isolation, and pooling—to the remaining infrastructure services. SDDC management is automated through a centralized management platform, which controls both on-premises and off-premises resources.

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Applications in an SDDC run on logically defined resources for which the underlying hardware is abstracted away. In other words, the SDDC architecture is hardware agnostic, with the requirements as basic as x86 servers, with disks, and a simple packet-forwarding network backplane

SD-WAN complements the SDDC as it abstracts physical WAN transports, including LTE, Wi-Fi, and satellite. In addition, like SDDC, it also provides centralized management and cloud-delivered services.

Hyperscale computing is a distributed infrastructure that can quickly accommodate the increased demand for computing resources without requiring corporate to own physical space, cooling, or electrical power. It can be described as “the next generation of computing” and it is characterized by standardization, automation, redundancy, high-performance computing (HPC), and high availability (HA). Typically, hyperscale data centers are run by the likes of huge tech companies like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook.

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