A software defined data center (SDDC) is one in which the infrastructure pooled into the cloud and as a service. Operation of the data center is fully automated using intelligent software systems; this includes the configuration of all hardware. An SDDC is considered to be the latest step in the evolution of cloud computing.
Components of the Software-Defined Data Center
There are three main components of the SDDC, these are:
Network virtualization – this refers to the process of combining software and hardware resources and networking to make one single software-based system. It is classified as external virtualization, which means many networks or components thereof are combined into a virtual entity, or internal virtualization which means that networking functionality is provided to software containers on a single network server.
Server virtualization – this procedure kills two birds with one stone; it takes full advantage of server computers’ optimum processing power and eliminates the use of large physical space that traditional data centers tend to occupy, and in this way maximizes efficiency and reduces power consumption. By utilizing specially designed software, one physical server can be converted into multiple virtual entities.
Storage virtualization – also known as cloud storage, this refers to taking the physical storage from multiple network devices and storing it in a single virtual space. It facilitates simple back-up, recovery and archiving. Other benefits include: increased storage capacity, automated management, reduced manual supervision, quick and easy updates, and less downtime.
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