Software-Defined Anything

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What Does Software-Defined Anything Mean?

Software-defined anything (SDx) is an important yet ambiguous term that refers to new changes happening in the IT world. It is a movement toward promoting a greater role for software systems in controlling different kinds of hardware – more specifically, making software more "in command" of multi-piece hardware systems and allowing for software control of a greater range of devices.

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Experts explain SDx as a fundamentally connective tool that supports evolving network topologies. Another way to think about SDx is as an extension of the bring your own device (BYOD) movement, which is puzzling businesses and security managers. The BYOD movement essentially opened the control of network data from conventional workstations to portable smartphones and tablets. A SDx approach could further open up that field to different types of portable or versatile devices. However, this approach is also a double-edged sword, as expanding network capability can generate even greater security gaps, leaving businesses scrambling to understand how to minimize liability from unauthorized smartphone or tablet usage.

Some also link the emergence of a software-defined anything approach to the Internet of Things (IoT), an emerging philosophy of linking more types of devices and assets to a global IP network. Generally, this supports the most basic definition of SDx as a future system, where one set of software rules over numerous connected machines while directing many different types of user activity.

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Margaret jest nagradzaną technical writerką, nauczycielką i wykładowczynią. Jest znana z tego, że potrafi w prostych słowach pzybliżyć złożone pojęcia techniczne słuchaczom ze świata biznesu. Od dwudziestu lat jej definicje pojęć z dziedziny IT są publikowane przez Que w encyklopedii terminów technologicznych, a także cytowane w artykułach ukazujących się w New York Times, w magazynie Time, USA Today, ZDNet, a także w magazynach PC i Discovery. Margaret dołączyła do zespołu Techopedii w roku 2011. Margaret lubi pomagać znaleźć wspólny język specjalistom ze świata biznesu i IT. W swojej pracy, jak sama mówi, buduje mosty między tymi dwiema domenami, w ten…