Is the software-defined data centre really taking off?

Is the software-defined data centre really taking off?

Apr 25, 2015

 

With the increased focus that many enterprises are placing on virtualization, the software-defined data centre (SDDC) appears to be the way forward, in principle. However, is the model really taking off?

As Gartner contributor Dave Cappucio points out, there are all too many concepts that become buzzwords and are forced into the attention of the press, industry leaders and even the wider public.

Fad or up-and-coming trend?

The cloud was arguably the most recent example, with a whole host of vendors looking to repackage their offerings and define them as cloud-ready, rather than building them from the ground up, a point noted by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison at Oracle CloudWorld Tokyo.

Companies have more control over their data and can issue commands from one centralized control plane.

Moving forward, the latest and greatest of IT infrastructure must now be 'software-defined' as standard. In the case of the SDDN, whether it's a fad or a growing trend that will be a must-have for the majority of organizations in years to come is hard to assess.

On paper, the benefits of increased virtualization and all storage being located off-site - particularly useful when utilizing a standby database as part of a disaster recovery plan - are plain to see. Companies have more control over their data and can issue commands from one centralized control plane.

For enterprises, the benefits of SDDC - and how they can go about using them - are discussed in this article from Network Computing, tweeted by Kelly Quinn:

Oracle Solaris SDN

Much of the talk over the last few weeks has been centered on what looks like a concerted shift from Oracle toward becoming a completely cloud-driven company:

However, this is hardly a revelation. Oracle Solaris Software Defined Network (SDN) has been available for some time, with the company pushing the virtues of cloud networking that is decoupled from traditional infrastructure.

Like the mass adoption of any enterprise technology, it will be ranked on its business merits. To go back to the original question: is the model really taking off? The answer appears to be yes - to an extent - with the services from Oracle and how it can refashion its existing offerings likely to be a driver of wider adoption at the corporate level.

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