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Should Your Enterprise Deploy a Software-Defined Data Center?

Published: 27 April 2017

ID: G00316477

Analyst(s): Donna Scott , Dave Russell


The software-defined data center marks the next evolution in infrastructure and data center automation architecture. However, switching to or deploying an SDDC is not recommended for all IT organizations. I&O leaders must understand the business value, best use cases and risks.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • SDDC Immaturity
  • I&O Skills Refresh and Cultural Shift Required


  • Learn About Software-Defined Data Centers
  • Understand SDDC Attributes and Taxonomy
  • Establish an SDDC When the Business Case Makes Sense
  • Identify the Business Models and IT Projects That Get the Most Value From an SDDC
  • Know the Required Characteristics to Make SDDC Possible
  • Plan to Mitigate the Top Risks of an SDDC Project Failure

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