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Composable infrastructure creates new path to SDDC nirvana
This article is part of the Modern Infrastructure issue of November 2017, Vol. 6. No. 10
Virtualization changed the data center when hypervisors and virtual machines abstracted the underlying hardware. Now, it's microservices and containers pushing a different abstraction paradigm: products that pool and more easily provision data center resources. A variety of new companies are cropping up, all with the promise of achieving this goal -- but in very different ways. The so-called data center operating system, composable infrastructure and on-premises cloud platforms each offer a new route to the perceived software-defined nirvana. But the definition of the software-defined data center (SDDC) remains hazy at best. For years, VMware touted the concept of the SDDC in an attempt to push products such as vRealize and vSphere. But VMware struggled to explain just what it meant when it talked about SDDC, said Mike Matchett, an analyst at Taneja Group. "It was a vision of saying, 'Well, as our hypervisor evolves, it would come to support more things to encompass the whole data center,'" he said. "That's a corporate land grab...
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