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What Is the Value of a Software-Defined Data Center?

Published: 10 September 2014

ID: G00262841

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald , Dave Russell, Joe Skorupa , Donna Scott , Philip Dawson


"Software-defined anything" is the new industry buzzword. This research cuts through the vendor "marketecture" and defines the software-defined data center and its value proposition, taxonomy and key attributes that enterprises can use to distinguish vendor hype and offerings.

Table Of Contents


  • SDDC Defined
  • Value Proposition of SDDC
  • SDDC Attributes and Taxonomy
  • SDDC Basic Versus Advanced Functionality
  • How Is SDDC Different From Virtualization?
  • How Is SDDC Different From Cloud Computing?
  • Does SDDC Absorb the Market for All Infrastructure Software and Hardware?
  • Market Hype Versus Reality

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