The data center continues to be transformed by virtualization and the cloud service model. Take the growth of software-defined data centers (SDDC), for example—where all elements of the data center infrastructure, including CPUs, networking storage and security, are virtualized and delivered as a service. According to a recent survey
, the SDDC market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 21.9% from 2017 to 2022.
A variety of different software platforms, both open and proprietary, can be used to virtualize the computing resources in an SDDC. Among the most popular are Citrix, KVM, OpenDaylight, OpenFlow, OpenStack, Red Hat and VMware.
The key advantage is economic
By employing a software-defined data center, companies don’t have to go to the expense or trouble of building the infrastructure—they can simply rent the resources via the cloud. Data center management is simpler, too. A switch or storage unit can be reallocated to different clients through a software program, without requiring any manual adjustments. This speeds up service deployment and cuts down on operational costs.
The service providers have the advantage of being able to use the data center infrastructure to serve many different clients. And the more clients they serve, the more affordable the renting becomes. As these resources become more and more affordable, it makes good business sense to build out large data centers on a massive scale and then sell these resources as infrastructure as a service (IAAS).
Reduced energy consumption is another cost benefit. Centralized software-defined data centers can use economies of scale to deploy hardware components that are optimized for mass-energy consumption with the ability to connect to green-energy sources such as hydroelectric, solar or geothermal.
The disadvantages of SDDC
Besides the headaches and disruption that can occur while transitioning to a virtualized infrastructure, including issues related to how to handle outdated legacy systems, inconsistent performance may prove to be a drawback. Also, being locked into one service provider can present a problem if a data center client encounters consistent service issues down the line.
Still, SDDC seems to be the way data centers are going. The SDDC model has allowed smaller companies to access computer, network and storage elements they may not have had access to before due to the high cost of building out infrastructure. So, it may be a smart option for your SMB customers.
To learn more, contact Ingram Micro’s data center expert, Nicholas Vermiglio