While the software defined datacenter does not take away the requirement for hardware or physical cabling, it adds an abstraction layer which generates a common standard platform. The software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture enables a fully automated, zero-downtime infrastructure for any application, and any hardware, now and in the future. 

How do we get to the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC)

One key component to enable the SDDC is virtualization. Virtualization is the process of running a virtual instance of a computer system in a layer abstracted from the actual hardware. Most commonly, it refers to running multiple operating systems on a computer system simultaneously. This is something many companies have been using VMware vSphere for many years. It often started more for development and test environments and then evolved in to production workloads. The demand for more flexible and agile systems provided with the cloud era requires that companies expand from the focus of compute virtualization to a fully software defined stack. IT organizations need to virtualize the rest of the data center so all infrastructure services become as inexpensive and easy to provision and manage as virtual machines.

The answer is the software-defined data center (SDDC): the ideal architecture for private, public, and hybrid clouds. Pioneered by VMware and recognized by the industry and analysts alike, SDDC extends the virtualization concepts you know— abstraction, pooling and automation — to all data center resources and services. Components of the SDDC can be implemented together, or in phases:

  • Compute virtualization, network virtualization and software-defined storage deliver abstraction, pooling and automation of the compute, network, and storage infrastructure services.
  • Automated management delivers a framework for policy-based management of data center application and services.

In a software-defined data center, policy-driven automation enables provisioning and ongoing management of logical compute, storage and network services. The result is unprecedented IT agility and efficiency, with flexibility to support today and tomorrow's hardware and applications. Benefits include:

  • Virtualization across your data center – Software-defined data center technology provides for better infrastructure utilization and higher IT staff productivity.
  • Application use and deployment at cloud speed – Enabling deployment of applications in minutes or even seconds on a policy-driven platform to a constantly changing demand of business and workloads
  • Business-aware IT control – Driving right availability, security and compliance for every application via automated business continuity, policy-based governance and virtualization-aware security and compliance.
  • Your data center on your terms – The software-defined data center can be leveraged as a private, hybrid or public cloud—in each case, infrastructure is fully abstracted from applications so they can run on multiple hardware stacks, hypervisors and clouds.

Building a Software-Defined Data Center with the VMware Stack

comdivision and VMware offer several options for implementing the software-defined data center architecture for your IT needs:

As a Private Cloud

Build and run your vSphere-based private cloud
Turn your data center into a vSphere-based private cloud using the software-defined datacenter architecture. Deliver the best SLAs for all applications through software-defined services, policy-based provisioning and automated operations management.

  • VMware Cloud Foundation:
    VMware Cloud Foundation provides a highly automated deployment and lifecycle management to operate a software defined datacenter. Whether it needs to run just a few VMs or orchestrating containers native on vSphere based on a full-stack hyper-converged infrastructure. 
  • VMware Validated Design:
    comdivision will leverage the VMware Validated Design as a base layer for your deployment, reducing the cost to build a custom design by taking an industry validated approach customized to your needs.
  • Custom deployment:
    comdivision can help you deploy the VMware stack customized to your needs in your own datacenter. Enabling you to use the features required for your business with the software required to operate a truly software-defined datacenter.

comdivision helps customers to identify the best suitable approach for their IT needs when deploying a VMware based private cloud.

As a Hybrid Cloud

...Read more about Hybrid Cloud in our Focus Area: Hybrid Cloud...

VMware Cloud on AWS
A true Software-Defined Data Center available with true cloud agility and scale is provided jointly by VMware and AWS. With resources that scale within minutes and the ability to use all your standard procedures with vSphere, vSAN and NSX the VMC offering fits nearly every customers need. comdivision was the first partner in Germany who achieved the VMware Master Service Competency and became Principal Partner in this field and can help customers in all industries and sizes evaluate this solution.

Public cloud services from VMware partners — IT resources when you need them.
Robust, secure and flexible services delivered by our global ecosystem of certified VMware service providers, which often provide a more customized and tailored offering. This includes vertical specific partners as well as hyperscalers like Microsoft, Google or Oracle.

Public Cloud and VMware Cloud Foundation
Many public cloud offerings run a VMware Cloud Foundation or at least a very similar approach which enables customers true hybridity for their workloads, as VMware's vision allows for true flexibility and freedom to move workload where they fit best, whether this is in the cloud or on premises. By integrating a private cloud with a public cloud built on software-defined data center technology, your data center becomes a true hybrid cloud platform, seamlessly spanning on-premises and off-premises environments with a common management, orchestration, networking and security model.