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Software-defined is the future of the data center

February 14, 2017

Software-defined is the future of the data center

If you’re selling data center solutions, the reasons are more compelling now to start talking to customers about the software-defined data center in 2017. Learn about its growth potential, benefits and how it can augment your existing services offerings.

Advanced data-center intelligence

According to Ingram Micro technology consultants, Nick Vermiglio and Bernie Franczak, software-defined is the most advanced technology in the data center. Data centers have been defined in network, compute and storage silos. Hyperconverged solutions were the first step in taking out those silos, feeding into the next-generation data center, which addresses network virtualization, server virtualization and storage virtualization.

As an all-in-one solution, the software-defined data center consists of hardware managed, controlled and provisioned by a higher level of software-defined intelligence. Variations of the software-defined data center include on-premises, hybrid cloud and public cloud.

Projected growth

ReportsnReports expects the global software-defined data center market to grow at a compounded annual rate of 28.8% to reach $77.18 billion by 2020. Research and Markets estimates a compound annual growth rate of 22.09% for a market size of $81.38 billion by the end of 2021. Because of the software-defined data center’s effectiveness and early adoption, North America captured the largest share in 2016.

Contributing factors for software-defined data center growth include increasing data traffic, big data, analytics and other technologies that require more efficient network, compute and storage infrastructure.

Software-defined saves money

By applying software intelligence to control data center infrastructure, the software-defined data center allows IT managers to improve resource allocation, whether it’s leveraging on-premises resources or hybrid cloud resources (private, public, etc.).

Future of services

The role of managed service providers will be more relevant as businesses adopt software-defined data center technologies. According to ReportsnReports, the global services market for data center is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 15.08% from 2014 to 2019. Growth is attributed to increasing demand, efficient operability and energy-efficiency solutions. You’ll also help your customers save time and money by:

  • Brokering data center size, performance and delivery for network, compute and storage
  • Driving costs out of the data center with fewer specialized and dedicated resources and IT staff
  • Helping customers more efficiently meet their colocation needs

Want to learn more? Read up about the seven advantages of software-defined networking, how it can increase your big data ROI and how to overcome the challenges of software-defined storage.