E-Handbook:

Building and implementing a true SDDC platform

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Why you should consider an SDDC infrastructure

As organizations everywhere expand their infrastructure to address growing data needs, the number of possible architecture options isn't limited to traditional data centers.

Virtualization and software-defined infrastructures provide new functionality and efficiency on a daily basis because they enable IT professionals to configure technology such as software-defined data center (SDDC) platforms to their exact needs without affecting end users' day-to-day tasks.

These advancements bring one primary advantage: automation. With its many software layers, an SDDC platform can help provision networks -- as well as load balancers, databases and webservers -- with the same automation technologies. Plus, with a simplified set up, companies can get their infrastructures up and running with wizards and reduce the amount of necessary downtime for hardware expansion.

Of course, every technology purchase needs proper evaluation. Although initial benefits may seem attractive for companies that want to immediately expand data center capacity, long-term maintenance and scalability should be a part of the purchasing process. With an evaluation process, executives can maximize their investment and potentially reduce some of the high upfront costs associated with an SDDC platform.

Thanks to technology such as composable infrastructure and on-premises cloud set-ups, there are a variety of ways to optimize any SDDC platform. These allow organizations to not only manage their data smarter, but reduce data center bandwidth, gain a higher level of flexibility and get more out of data center servers.

As data types, processes and bandwidths evolve, data centers must support all types of workflows and organizational structures. An SDDC platform is one way to do this, and effective implementation can set admins up for automation and management success.