Aug 22 2023
Data Center

5 Things Businesses Should Know About Software-Defined Data Centers

From automation to security, software-defined data centers can benefit businesses.

A traditional three-tiered data center architecture with separate infrastructure for networking, processing and storage remains the norm.  But for businesses seeking to modernize their legacy data centers, a transition to a software-defined data center can unlock a number of important benefits.

Here are five things to know about SDDCs.

1. Learn More About a Software-defined Data Center

A software-defined data center (SDDC) is a data center where all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service. This includes compute, storage, and networking resources. 

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2. How Can Automation Add Efficiency to the Data Center?

An SDDC approach promotes automation and orchestration in the data center. Infrastructure can be automatically monitored, adjusted, optimized and repaired.

This can speed up IT processes and make tasks more reliable and predictable.

EXPLORE: Learn five reasons why businesses should consider a software-defined data center.

3. How to Add Scalability and Agility to Data Storage

In a spine-leaf networking architecture, SDDC can increase the bandwidth available between the leaf and spine, allowing organizations to add more switching capability.

This improves performance, redundancy and availability. Software-defined storage is also extremely scalable, allowing organizations to quickly pivot and expand capacity to support new workflows.

4. How to Improve Data Management and Visibility

In an SDDC, management is abstracted and centralized, giving IT professionals greater visibility into their data centers. Rather than pushing out updates to individual devices, administrators can make changes centrally and implement them across their entire environment.

A centralized dashboard makes it simple to monitor and track health and performance metrics.

LEARN MORE: How businesses can save millions with more efficient data centers.

5. What Is Multitenancy, and How Can It Improve Security?

Multitenancy is an architecture that provides separate networks for customers that share a data center. In a multitenant environment, individual tenants have no visibility into what other tenants are doing.

 For instance, a business with multiple locations might make each site a separate tenant. Institutions also can use multitenancy to create separate testing and development networks that won’t interfere with their production networks.

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