Software Defined Data Center

Cloud computing has arrived in companies. The data centre of the future will no longer be found in companies. Instead, users will increasingly source their computing capacities increasingly as a service from cloud computing providers. The Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC) in the public cloud is a logical consequence of this development. Highly available, dynamically scalable virtual resources delivered based on demand and billed according to use – not only cloud computing providers, but also a growing number of system vendors, specialists, analysts and, increasingly, market research institutes see the Software Defined Data Centre as the data centre of the future.

Das SDDC - the abstraction of all components of the data centre

The Forrester Research market research institute concluded in its study “Server and Data Centre Predictions” that the Software Defined Data Centre will become an increasingly important organisational concept for complex virtualised IT infrastructures in the near future. In this case, cloud computing providers will no longer provide only storage or servers as virtual resources. On the contrary, the focus of the SDDC is more on software-based abstraction of the entire data centre. This means that a software-defined data centre and all its components are completely virtualised. Along with the servers and storage capacities, the networks including switches and load balancers as well as firewalls and security systems will also be implemented, provided, and automatically administered using software.

The advantages of a Software Defined Data Center

A Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is the basis for a completely new architecture of data centers. It provides extremely high flexibility with maximum cost-effectiveness for the user. Both horizontal and vertical scalability make it possible to book, reduce, or even disarm instances at any time. In this way, the customer has exactly the IT infrastructure available in the appropriate dimensioning. SDDC is no longer based on physical hardware on the premises of a cloud hosting provider. Instead it is used as a service, it does not require any investments in its own hardware as well as running costs for its operation.

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The cloud hosting provider provides the control elements, through which the user manages his own virtual data center via software. The network administrator does not have to make complex programming when setting up the Software Defined Data Center. He becomes the user of an infrastructure, which he does not physically operate by himself.

ProfitBricks has developed the special Data Center Designer (DCD). This provides a graphical user interface, which allows all components of a virtual data center to be assembled and adapted. In addition, a modern cloud API (REST) provides the opportunity for daily operations to set or disable resources.

Although development in the area of the Software Defined Data Center is only just beginning, the advantages of a flexible and automated IT infrastructure with a high level of abstraction are already clearly visible. Scalability, short response times, as well as flexibility and cost-effectiveness are the reasons for the Software Defined Data Center of the future.