Explaining 'Software-Defined' Data Centers to the Business Side

A lack of standards doesn't help when talking to non-experts, says Daniel Kusnetzky, noted industry analyst and formerly with IDC, who recounted a recent conversation about what constitutes a software-defined data center. A “software-defined” data center is a virtual environment and “its control and monitoring functions have been made available using a standard interface,” he explained. That not only enables IT managers to stay on top of critical settings – such as memory, storage, processing and network bandwidth – but also for systems to adjust themselves, he added. Such are the advantages of being software-defined. 

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