Is SDDC a Product or a Mindset?
My response to Stephen Foskett’s tweet of a post about the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Symposium led to an interesting conversation about the nature of the SDDC—what it is, what it is not, and why we should care. The software-defined data center is considered by some to be an instrument of vendor lock-in, vaporware, or in many ways just marketing hype. “SDDC” has many different definitions, but I do not believe it reflects any of those commonly used. Instead, I hold that it is a way of thinking, a way of looking at the new world of IT in which we live. This has sparked quite an interesting Twitter conversation between many interested parties. I have included the beginnings of the Twitter discussion in the image to the right. It started with the view that the SDDC is a concept—an architecture—and not a product. Then, it blossomed from there. Why do I consider it a concept? Or an architecture?
SDDC is software that is used to define a data center, which implies that there are no longer walls around the data center except for those constructed by software. In general, VMware wants us to consider the SDDC to fall within its definition of the hybrid cloud: a local data center and a remote Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud. I see this as too limited a view of the concept of the SDDC. So, we should go back to the beginning:
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NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice Newsletter.