Software-Defined Data Center

What Does Software-Defined Data Center Mean?

A software-defined data center (SDDC) is a type of data repository in which all data center resources and services are provisioned, monitored and managed programmatically.


SDDC makes it possible to control and manage hardware, software and IT operations through automated techniques that can be managed centrally through an executive dashboard.

SDDC host servers reside in the cloud and use virtualization technologies to abstract, pool, deploy and manage compute, network and storage resources.

An important goal of SDDC management is ensure IT infrastructure and operations remain consistent across private data centers and public clouds.

Techopedia Explains Software-Defined Data Center

A software-defined data center is usually an enterprise class data center using cloud computing and virtualization techniques. Typically, an SDDC will have server virtualization, storage virtualization and network virtualization. All of these components will be managed by a software layer that will provide centralized and integrated management of all resources.


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