Understanding why hybrid cloud requires software-defined data centres

Sep 10, 2021
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Nebu Joy
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Keeping pace with advancing technology to partner business outcomes is the essence


In the recent years we have seen a massive rise in Smartphones, Cloud, Smart Connected devices and it goes on. The list of new technologies advances that keeps coming our way just keeps increasing. Like individuals in the digital era, even enterprises who are early adaptors of advancing technology has high potential to be ahead of their adversaries. In the technology life cycle Software Defined Data Center(SDDC) currently is in the ascent stage and companies have already started exploring how this centralised managed and virtual technology can help them in scaling and modernising their data centers.


For years, the signs have been there. The software-defined data centre's inevitability is demonstrated by the development from virtualization to DevOps, containers, and microservices architecture, in the form of Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC). Trying to hold on to the concept of a hardware-defined data centre may put businesses at a disadvantageous position in more aspects than just one.


If the recent times has taught us anything, it is that situations may change in an instant. We've learnt how to effectively deal with radical changes and manage our businesses since then by implementing remote working, expanding online services to meet new client expectations, and shifting more apps to the cloud. But there's still work to be done.


Businesses are expecting far more flexibility and adaptability from their internal IT divisions, many of which are facing the pressure to modernise data-center operations as SaaS and the public cloud garner attention. Before we discuss the transitioning towards SDDC, let's understand what is software-defined data centre.

What Is Software-Defined Data Centre?

A software-defined data centre (SDDC) is a data storage facility within which all infrastructure components are virtualized and served as a service, including networking, storage, CPU, and security. With SDDC, all hardware is separated from deployment, operations, provision, and configuration - and Software intelligence is used to carry out these duties.


Although SDDC had been more of a concept than a widely used practice, however, leading cloud service providers and data-center-as-a-service providers are gradually adopting it. Amazon, Google, and the Open Compute Project are among the companies on the list[1].

Advent Of Software-Defined Data Centres

The trend toward data centre virtualization is only going to get stronger. In the present context, we may need to revaluate how we conceive and implement Software Defined Data Centres (SDDC). It is becoming increasingly critical to have robust and standardized SDDC protocols and procedures in place to increase your business's agility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. The benefit of SDDC is also seen in its capacity to increase resiliency, allowing IT to easily deploy, run, and manage data centres via APIs in the time of crisis.


A well-designed Software Defined Data Centres architecture prepares a business for its hybrid cloud shift. We won't claim that the transitional path is unavoidable for everybody, but it's far more probable.


A recently conducted poll by Everest Group, revealed that three out of four respondents (Of 200 businesses) have a hybrid-first or private-first cloud approach, and 58 percent of corporate workloads are already on or will be on hybrid or private clouds[3]. As appealing as it would be to move everything to the public cloud because of the flexibility and cost saving it provides, it is simply not feasible for a multitude of reasons, notably compliance and security issues.


Software Defined Data Centres is the ideal basis for hybrid cloud settings since it is a virtualized pool of resources, andserves as the foundation of a high-availability infrastructure by automating resource allocations and activities, streamlining and accelerating the processes of application deployment, while providing a standard platform for both the private and public clouds.

SDDC Evolves to Meet the Demands of the Digital Age

Many factors must be considered while constructing Software Defined Data Centres. Enterprises will discover that technology stack products and services lay the framework for establishing and improving SDDC competencies.


It all starts with our ability to comprehend and handle even some of the most complicated consumer settings, in which we can use our expertise to assist organizations in comprehending their digital transformation process. Be it m managing or maintaining SDDCs or providing guidance on which apps are acceptable for cloud deployment to ensuring strong security controls - businesses can today find expert solutions for the same.


SDDC settings provide a number of additional advantages. Hardware-oriented data centre infrastructures are inconsistent in organizations with varied IT environments in different geographies. The process of transferring workloads amongst resources for improved disaster recovery, business continuity, and scalability is streamlined by substituting the limits and complexities of this arrangement with a hardware-agnostic method utilizing intelligent software.


In today's digital world, organizational success necessitates data centres that are less complicated and easier to maintain - this is where SDDCs make for a matured and sophisticated solution.


Data centre architecture and design, like all IT developments and advances, will mirror the difficulties and demands of organizations. Next-generation data centres aren't yet finished goods, and industry experts are still working on their many components. They are presently simply an idea that is still evolving. The components and characteristics of such data centres will be determined during the next few years.


By 2025, the Indian data centre industry is anticipated to be worth $4.5 billion. With 21 modern centres in nine locations, STT GDC India is a key participant in this sector.


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