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Google+ Hangout -- Demystifying the Software-Defined Data Center

Join the experts for a discussion about the common obstacles, pitfalls and opportunities companies face as they evolve beyond virtualization and cloud to a software-defined data center.


The IT space is awash in buzz about the concept of a software-defined datacenter (SDDC), which promises to abstract the datacenter from its underlying hardware, enabling IT to connect and configure computing resources in new, powerful ways.

Join our live Google+ Hangout discussion to hear firsthand from IT professionals and other experts on their transition from virtualization and cloud to a SDDC.

They’ll discuss:

How to build the foundation for SDDC
Common obstacles to avoid
Strategies for realizing the full benefits of cloud
Predictions for how SDDC will evolve and impact IT in the future

Moderated by JJ DiGeronimo of VMware, our panel will include:

Jeff Byrne, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Taneja Group
Michael Leeper, Director of Technology, Columbia Sportswear
Angelo Luciani, Network Specialist - The Canadian Depository for Securities Limited & vExpert
Mark Sarago, Business Solution Strategist - Accelerate Advisory Services, VMware, Inc.

For IT professionals preparing to redefine the way IT delivers services, this conversation promises to be time well spent, helping to illustrate how SDDC delivers greater agility, speed and innovation while positioning IT as an innovative business unit.

Click here to watch this hangout on YouTube.

  • Premiered: 02/28/13 at OnDemand
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Jeff Byrne
  • Sponsor(s): VMware
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The downsides of a software-defined infrastructure

The data center of the future could lead to a software-defined infrastructure, but current technology is still relatively immature, with more work needed in the area of automation.

  • Premiered: 02/26/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchDataCenter.com
Topic(s): TBA Infrastructure TBA software-defined TBA SDDC TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA Virtualization TBA Performance
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SDDC and Hybrid Clouds Take Center Stage at VMworld 2013

While still in its very early stages, the industry's march toward SDDC and hybrid cloud solutions will provide customers with many benefits, including increased agility, greater choice and lower costs.

  • Premiered: 08/28/13
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
Topic(s): VMWorld SDDC Hybrid Clouds Virtualization
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Five Takeaways from VMworld 2013

VMworld 2013 was the biggest yet, but as in prior years, technology stole the show.

  • Premiered: 09/04/13
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
Topic(s): VMWare VMWorld Storage Networking SDDC
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Software-defined storage might not be so radical after all

While software-defined storage is receiving lots of buzz, it isn't as new an idea as it may seem; storage virtualization vendors have been working toward it for years.

  • Premiered: 09/12/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA SDDC TBA Software Defined Data Center TBA Storage TBA SDS TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Infrastructure TBA Storage Virtualization TBA software-centric architecture TBA VSA
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Keep Upgrading Your Data Center No Matter Where the Cloud Takes You

Improving the data center to keep up with advancing technologies has been the chief, perennial responsibility of CIOs over the years. These days, however, the job has taken on a new twist as new questions arise: Is the data center the best platform to boost enterprise productivity? Do we need a data center at all anymore?

  • Premiered: 09/30/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: IT Business Edge
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA SMB TBA software-defined TBA SDDC TBA OpenStack TBA CloudStack TBA Hybrid TBA Virtualization
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Hot data storage technologies for 2014

Six data storage technologies -- nex-gen solid-state, primary storage dedupe, hyper-converged storage, backup appliances, OpenStack and cloud-integrated storage -- will impact your shop.

  • Premiered: 12/12/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Solid State Devices TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Storage TBA Deduplication TBA hyper-converged TBA Backup TBA OpenStack TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA Data Center TBA NVMe TBA Non-Volatile Memory Express TBA 3D Flash TBA hybrid storage TBA PCIe TBA V-NAND TBA Server Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA ROBO TBA SDDC TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA software-defined storage TBA Cloud-integrated Storage TBA CIS
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The Internet of Things and Beyond: 5 Things We’ll Be Tracking for a Better Tomorrow

What the Internet of Things offers is this huge opportunity to build intelligent applications that can actively optimize and direct just about any system that is dynamically programmable. Here are the five types of things that are soon likely to be “sensorized” in your IT shop.

  • Premiered: 04/30/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Internet of Things TBA Big Data TBA SDDC TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA software defined TBA analysis TBA Take Five
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'Software-defined' to define data center of the future

Is there a real answer for how "software" can define "data center" underneath the software-defined hype?

  • Premiered: 07/16/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Modern Infrastructure Magazine
Topic(s): TBA software defined TBA Software Defined Data Center TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA SDN TBA Software-Defined Networking TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA EMC TBA ScaleIO TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA SDDC TBA Infrastructure
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For Lowest Cost and Greatest Agility, Choose Software-Defined Data Center Architectures

The era of the software-defined data center is upon us. The promise of a software-defined strategy is a virtualized data center created from compute, network and storage building blocks. A Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) moves the provisioning, management, and other advanced features into the software layer so that the entire system delivers improved agility and greater cost savings. This tectonic shift in the data center is as great as the shift to virtualized servers during the last decade and may prove to be greater in the long run.

This approach to IT infrastructure started over a decade ago when compute virtualization - through use of hypervisors - turned compute and server platforms into software objects. This same approach to virtualizing resources is now gaining acceptance in networking and storage architectures. When combined with overarching automation software, a business can now virtualize and manage an entire data center. The abstraction, pooling and running of compute, storage and networking functions, virtually, on shared hardware brings unprecedented agility and flexibility to the data center while driving costs down.

In this paper, Taneja Group takes an in-depth look at the capital expenditure (CapEx) savings that can be achieved by creating a state-of-the-art SDDC, based on currently available technology. We performed a comparative cost study of two different environments: one using the latest software solutions from VMware running on industry standard and white label hardware components; and the other running a more typical VMware virtualization environment, on mostly traditional, feature rich, hardware components, which we will describe as the Hardware-Dependent Data Center (HDDC). The CapEx saving we calculated were based on creating brand new (Greenfield) data centers for each scenario (an additional comparison for upgrading an existing data center is included at the end of this white paper).

Our analysis indicates that a dramatic cost savings, up to 49%, can be realized when using today’s SDDC capabilities combined with low cost white-label hardware, compared to a best in class HDDC. In addition, just by adopting VMware Virtual SAN and NSX in their current virtualized environment users can lower CapEx by 32%. By investing in SDDC technology, businesses can be assured their data center solution can be more easily upgraded and enhanced over the life of the hardware, providing considerable investment protection. Rapidly improving SDDC software capabilities, combined with declining hardware prices, promise to reduce total costs even further as complex embedded hardware features are moved into a more agile and flexible software environment.

Depending on customers’ needs and the choice of deployment model, an SDDC architecture offers a full spectrum of savings. VMware Virtual SAN is software-defined storage that pools inexpensive hard drives and common solid state drives installed in the virtualization hosts to lower capital expenses and simplify the overall storage architecture. VMware NSX aims to make these same advances for network virtualization by moving security and network functions to a software layer that can run on top of any physical network equipment. An SDDC approach is to “virtualize everything” along with data center automation that enables a private cloud with connectors to the public cloud if needed.

Publish date: 08/19/14
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Mixed reactions for VMware SDDC, EVO:RAIL at VMworld

Two main talking points at VMworld 2014 were the software-defined data center and hyperconverged infrastructure, mainly because of two new releases from VMware.

  • Premiered: 09/11/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Server Virtualization
Topic(s): TBA tech target TBA Mike Matchett TBA VMWare TBA VMWorld TBA VMworld 2014 TBA SDDC TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA EVO
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HP ConvergedSystem: Altering Business Efficiency and Agility with Integrated Systems

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Over the past few years Integrated Computing systems – the integration of compute, networking, and storage - have burst onto the scene and have been readily adopted by large enterprise users. The success of these systems has been built by taking well-known IT workloads and combining it with purpose built integrated computing systems optimized for that particular workload. Example workloads today that are being integrated to create these systems are Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database, VDI or even combinations of two or more.

In the past putting these workload solutions together meant having or hiring technology experts with multiple domain knowledge expertise. Integration and validation could take months of on-premise work. Fortunately, technology vendors have matured along with their Integrated Computing systems approach, and now practically every vendor seems to be touting one integrated system or another focused on solving a particular workload problem. The promised set of business benefits delivered by these new systems fall into these key areas:

·         Implementation efficiency that accelerates time to realizing value from integrated systems

·         Operational efficiency through optimized workload density and an ideally right sized set of infrastructure

·         Management efficiency enabled by an integrated management umbrella that ties all of the components of a solution together

·         Scale and agility efficiency unlocked through a repeatedly deployable building block approach

·         Support efficiency that comes with deeply integrated, pre-configured technologies, overarching support tools, and a single vendor support approach for an entire-set of infrastructure

In late 2013, HP introduced a new portfolio offering called HP ConvergedSystem – a family of systems that includes a specifically designed virtualization offering. ConvergedSystem marked a new offering, designed to tackle key customer pain points around infrastructure and software solution deployment, while leveraging HP’s expertise in large scale build-and-integration processes to herald an entirely new level of agility around speed of ordering and implementation. In this profile, we’ll examine how integrated computing systems marks a serious departure from the inefficiencies of traditional order-build-deploy customer processes, and also evaluate HP’s latest advancement of these types of systems.

Publish date: 10/16/14
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Journey Towards Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

While it has always been the case that IT must respond to increasing business demands, competitive requirements are forcing IT to do so with less. Less investment in new infrastructure and less staff to manage the increasing complexity of many enterprise solutions. And as the pace of business accelerates those demands include the ability to change services… quickly. Unfortunately, older technologies can require months, not minutes to implement non-trivial changes. Given these polarizing forces, the motivation for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) where services can be instantiated as needed, changed as workloads require, and retired when the need is gone, is easy to understand.

The vision of the SDDC promises the benefits needed to succeed: flexibility, efficiency, responsiveness, reliability and simplicity of operation… and does so, seemingly paradoxically, with substantial cost savings. The initial steps to the SDDC clearly come from server virtualization which provides many of the desired benefits. The fact that it is already deployed broadly and hosts between half and two-thirds of all server instances simply means that existing data centers have a strong base to build on. Of the three major pillars within the data center, the compute pillar is commonly understood to be furthest along through the benefits of server virtualization.

The key to gaining the lion’s share of the remaining benefits lies in addressing the storage pillar. This is required not only to reap the same advantages through storage virtualization that have become expected in the server world, but also to allow for greater adoption of server virtualization itself. The applications that so far have resisted migration to the hypervisor world have mostly done so because of storage issues. The next major step on the journey to the SDDC has to be to virtualize the entire storage tier and to move the data from isolated, hardware-bound silos where it currently resides into a flexible, modern, software-defined environment.

While the destination is relatively clear, how to move is key as a business cannot exist without its data. There can be no downtime or data loss. Furthermore, just as one doesn’t virtualize every server at once (unless one has the luxury of a green-field deployment and no existing infrastructure and workloads to worry about) one must be cognizant of the need for prioritized migration from the old into the new.  And finally, the cost required to move into the virtualized storage world is a major, if not the primary, consideration. Despite the business benefits to be derived, if one cannot leverage one’s existing infrastructure investments, it would be hard to justify a move to virtualized storage. Just to be sure, we believe virtualized storage is a prerequisite for Software Defined Storage, or SDS.

In this Technology Brief we will first look at the promise of the SDDC, then focus on SDS and the path to get there. We then look at IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), the granddaddy of storage virtualization. SVC initially came to market as a heterogeneous virtualization solution then was extended to homogeneous storage virtualization, as in the case of IBM Storwize family. It is now destined to play a much more holistic role for IBM as an important piece of the overall Spectrum Storage program.

Publish date: 06/17/15
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Hyperconvergence Finally Gets Scale At VMware

EVO:RACK, now known as EVO SDDC (no colon) are supporting a more diverse set of hardware and much greater scale, says VMware.

  • Premiered: 08/31/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: The Platform
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA EVO:RACK TBA EVO:RAIL TBA EVO SDDC TBA Datacenter TBA Data Center TBA Performance TBA ESXi TBA Hypervisor TBA vSphere TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA EMC TBA HP TBA Pivot3 TBA Scale Computing TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Cloud TBA Dell TBA VCE TBA Cisco TBA Software Defined Data Center TBA SDDC TBA SAN
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VMware vSphere 6 release good news for storage admins

VMware's vSphere 6 release shows that the vendor is aiming for a completely software-defined data center with a fully virtualized infrastructure.

  • Premiered: 10/05/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA software-defined TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA SDDC TBA Virtualization TBA virtualized infrastructure TBA VSAN TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMotion TBA high availability TBA Security TBA scalability TBA Data protection TBA replication TBA VMware PEX TBA Fault Tolerance TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Provisioning TBA Storage Management TBA SLA TBA 3D Flash TBA FT TBA vCPU TBA CPU
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Improving Business Mobility to Transform Workforce Effectiveness and the Customer Experience

The truly mobile business. Practically every company we speak to would like to achieve it. In its ultimate incarnation, business mobility enables users to cost-effectively and securely access apps, information and other users on demand, from any device, wherever they happen to be. Platforms, systems and protocols become transparent, even invisible, enabling users across vast distances to innovate without boundaries, collaboratively solve business problems, and engage more effectively with customers. Though relatively few firms are this far along in their business mobility initiatives, many companies are already reaping the benefits of a more versatile and productive workforce, along with increased deployment flexibility and lower management and support costs. Over time, firms often extend these initiatives beyond their own workforce, enabling them to serve customers more effectively and build new revenue streams.

However, for some companies we speak with, business mobility remains an elusive goal. As these organizations tend to learn the hard way, building a truly mobile business requires not just the right technology and capabilities, but also the business processes and management platform to unlock their full potential. To learn more about the paths companies take toward business mobility—and what makes some more successful than others—Taneja Group asked nearly 1,200 buyers and practitioners to tell us the challenges they face and capabilities/products they are adopting on the road to creating a more mobile business. A growing number of these organizations—spanning from large and small enterprises to midsize companies across a range of geographies and industries—are now experiencing benefits such as improved workforce effectiveness, reduced costs and new revenue growth from their business mobility initiatives.

In this paper, you will learn—based on our study findings and VMware customer experience—how you can benefit by following a proven path to improve business mobility for your workforce and customers.

Publish date: 12/01/15
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5 Key Elements of Bimodal IT

These five technology trends make it possible for bimodal IT to bring new levels of speed, flexibility and innovation to launching IT services.

  • Premiered: 04/07/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: BizTech Magazine
Topic(s): TBA Big Data TBA mobile computing TBA IT infrastructure TBA Data Center TBA Datacenter TBA webscale TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Computing TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA flash storage TBA flexibility TBA Amazon TBA Facebook TBA Google TBA Microsoft TBA Deduplication TBA Nutanix TBA EMC TBA SDDC TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA software-defined TBA Optimization
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Datera Announces Next-Generation Elastic Data Fabric to Simplify Data Storage for Enterprise

Datera Continues to Elevate the Data Storage Landscape by Enabling Continuous and Faster App Delivery, Massive Scalability and Price-Performance Flexibility for All Apps and Infrastructure Stacks.

  • Premiered: 09/27/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWatch
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Datera TBA scalable TBA scalability TBA Private Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA flexibility TBA Data Storage TBA data storage management TBA Storage Management TBA enterprise cloud TBA Cloud TBA VMWare TBA vCenter TBA Microsoft TBA Microsoft SQL TBA SQL TBA Microsoft Exchange TBA SharePoint TBA MySQL TBA Cassandra TBA MongoDB TBA Docker TBA Docker Swarm TBA Google TBA Google Kubernetes TBA Dell TBA DevOps TBA software-defined TBA Software-Defined Data Center
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For Lowest TCO and Maximum Agility Choose the VMware Cloud Foundation Hybrid SDDC Platform

The race is on at full speed.  What race?  The race to bring public cloud agility and economics to a data center near you. Ever since the first integrated systems came onto the scene in 2010, vendors have been furiously engineering solutions to make on-premises infrastructure as cost effective and as easy to use as the public cloud, while also providing the security, availability, and control that enterprises demand. Fundamentally, two main architectures have evolved within the race to modernize data centers that will create a foundation enabling fully private and hybrid clouds. The first approach uses traditional compute, storage, and networking infrastructure components (traditional 3-tier) overlaid with varying degrees of virtualization and management software. The second more recent approach is to build a fully virtualized data center using industry standard servers and networking and then layer on top of that a full suite of software-based compute, network, and storage virtualization with management software. This approach is often termed a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

The goal of an SDDC is to extend virtualization techniques across the entire data center to enable the abstraction, pooling, and automation of all data center resources. This would allow a business to dynamically reallocate any part of the infrastructure for various workload requirements without forklifting hardware or rewiring. VMware has taken SDDC to a new level with VMware Cloud Foundation.  VMware Cloud Foundation is the only unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud, which brings together VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization into a natively integrated stack that can be deployed on-premises or run as a service from the public cloud. It establishes a common cloud infrastructure foundation that gives customers a unified and consistent operational model across the private and public cloud.

VMware Cloud Foundation delivers an industry-leading SDDC cloud infrastructure by combining VMware’s highly scalable hyper-converged software (vSphere and VSAN) with the industry leading network virtualization platform, NSX. VMware Cloud Foundation comes with unique lifecycle management capabilities (SDDC Manager) that eliminate the overhead of system operations of the cloud infrastructure stack by automating day 0 to day 2 processes such as bring-up, configuration, workload provisioning, and patching/upgrades. As a result, customers can significantly shorten application time to market, boost cloud admin productivity, reduce risk, and lower TCO.  Customers consume VMware Cloud Foundation software in three ways: factory pre-loaded on integrated systems (VxRack 1000 SDDC); deployed on top qualified Ready Nodes from HPE, QCT, Fujitsu, and others in the future, with qualified networking; and run as a service from the public cloud through IBM, vCAN partners, vCloud Air, and more to come.

In this comparative study, Taneja Group performed an in-depth analysis of VMware Cloud Foundation deployed on qualified Ready Nodes and qualified networking versus several traditional 3-tier converged infrastructure (CI) integrated systems and traditional 3-tier do-it-yourself (DIY) systems. We analyzed the capabilities and contrasted key functional differences driven by the various architectural approaches. In addition, we evaluated the key CapEx and OpEx TCO cost components.  Taneja Group configured each traditional 3-tier system's hardware capacity to be as close as possible to the VMware Cloud Foundation qualified hardware capacity.  Further, since none of the 3-tier systems had a fully integrated SDDC software stack, Taneja Group added the missing SDDC software, making it as close as possible to the VMware Cloud Foundation software stack.  The quantitative comparative results from the traditional 3-tier DIY and CI systems were averaged together into one scenario because the hardware and software components are very similar. 

Our analysis concluded that both types of solutions are more than capable of handling a variety of virtualized workload requirements. However, VMware Cloud Foundation has demonstrated a new level of ease-of-use due to its modular scale-out architecture, native integration, and automatic lifecycle management, giving it a strong value proposition when building out modern next generation data centers.  The following are the five key attributes that stood out during the analysis:

  • Native Integration of the SDDC:  VMware Cloud Foundation natively integrates vSphere, Virtual SAN (VSAN), and NSX network virtualization.
  • Simplest operational experience: VMware SDDC Manager automates the life-cycle of the SDDC stack including bring up, configuration, workload provisioning, and patches/upgrades.
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  • Isolated workload domains: VMware Cloud Foundation provides unique administrator tools to flexibly provision subsets of the infrastructure for multi-tenant isolation and security.
  • Modular linear scalability: VMware Cloud Foundation employs an architecture in which capacity can be scaled by the HCI node, by the rack, or by multiple racks. 
  • Seamless Hybrid Cloud: Deploy VMware Cloud Foundation for private cloud and consume on public clouds to create a seamless hybrid cloud with a consistent operational experience.

Taneja Group’s in-depth analysis indicates that VMware Cloud Foundation will enable enterprises to achieve significant cost savings. Hyper-converged infrastructure, used by many web-scale service providers, with natively integrated SDDC software significantly reduced server, storage, and networking costs.  This hardware cost saving more than offset the incremental SDDC software costs needed to deliver the storage and networking capability that typically is provided in hardware from best of breed traditional 3-tier components. In this study, we measured the upfront CapEx and 3 years of support costs for the hardware and software components needed to build out a VMware Cloud Foundation private cloud on qualified Ready Nodes.  In addition, Taneja Group validated a model that demonstrates the labor and time OpEx savings that can be achieved through the use of integrated end-to-end automatic lifecycle management in the VMware SDDC Manager software.

 

By investing in VMware Cloud Foundation, businesses can be assured that their data center infrastructure can be easily consumed, scaled, managed, upgraded and enhanced to provide the best private cloud at the lowest cost. Using a pre-engineered modular, scale-out approach to building at web-scale means infrastructure is added in hours, not days, and businesses can be assured that adding infrastructure scales linearly without complexity.  VMware Cloud Foundation is the only platform that provides a natively integrated unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud with end-to-end management and with the flexibility to provision a wide variety of workloads at the push of a button.

In summary, VMware Cloud Foundation enables at least five unparalleled capabilities, generates a 45% lower 3-year TCO than the alternative traditional 3-tier approaches, and delivers a tremendous value proposition when building out a modern hybrid SDDC platform. Before blindly going down the traditional infrastructure approach, companies should take a close look at VMware Cloud Foundation, a unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud.

Publish date: 10/17/16