The software defined data centre (SDDC) market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 68.7% over the next five years, increasing from a value of approximately $396.1 million at the beginning of 2013, to reach a total of $5.41 billion by 2018.
Increasing use of internet and networking globally has significantly augmented the demand for more storage space, computing power and complex networking.
This demand has given rise to scaling up of infrastructure in the existing data centers, thus increasing the capital expenditure and operating expenditure for data centers and the enterprises.
SDDC refers to a data centre where all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service. Control of the data centre is fully automated by software, meaning hardware configuration is maintained through intelligent software systems.
This is in contrast to traditional data centers where the infrastructure is typically defined by hardware and devices.
SDDC helps to overcome the obstacles of scalability, flexibility, manageability, and reduced costs, which is in turn helping enterprises and service providers in managing their existing data centers and networks.
A number of vendors, including VMware, are actively developing the software-defined data centre approach. Other vendors are developing components and standards that enable the software-defined data centre.
These vendors include Cisco, Arista Networks, Big Switch Networks, Brocade, Citrix, Dell, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, NEC, Nuage Networks, PLUMgrid, and Red Hat.
Large-scale service providers such as Amazon and Savvis, which could potentially benefit from improved efficiencies through automation, are considered to be the organisations that are most likely to deploy full-scale software-defined data centre implementations.
Future adoption of SDDC is expected to be in heterogeneous environments and hybrid clouds, with more focus on software defined security.
For more information on the SDDC market, see the latest research: Software Defined Data Centre Market
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