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Virtualization in the software-defined data center—the next step in your business’ evolution

September 15, 2017

Virtualization in the software-defined data center—the next step in your business’ evolution

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

Projected market 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.


The role of managed service providers will be more relevant as businesses adopt virtualization in the software-defined data center to help your customers save time and money. Benefits include:

  • Ease of data management—You know that the more complex the data center, the more difficult it is to manage. Because data center managers are comfortable with the virtualized compute environment, they’re now turning their attention to software-defined storage. The virtualized software-defined data center’s manageability gives data center managers the freedom to contain all of the islands of stored data and manage them from one place.
  • Improved business agility—A software-defined data center makes it easier to move virtualized components around, improving the ability to respond to business needs.
  • Time and money savings—By applying software intelligence to control data center infrastructure, the virtualized software-defined data center allows data center managers to improve resource allocation, whether it’s leveraging on-premises resources or hybrid cloud resources (private, public, etc.). Virtualization also drives costs out of the data center with the need for fewer specialized and dedicated resources and IT staff. And when it comes to scalability, you won’t have to invest more money in building space, infrastructure and other necessary resources to meet your growth needs. You just choose from a catalog of services to broker data center size, performance and delivery for network, compute and storage.

More info

Read on to learn more about virtualization and the software-defined data center: