Software-defined data centers (SDDC), which just started rising in popularity over the past few years, is projected to take over a significant share of the market by 2022, according to a report recently released by Allied Market Research.
The services offered by SDDCs have been ideally suited for meeting the demands for big data and automated data center operations, Allied Market Research noted. It also forecast that virtualized computing, networking and storage would experience a 32 percent annual growth rate through that period. If not for security concerns and complexities with integration, adoption would grow at an even more accelerated rate, the report found.
Among the adoption drivers for virtualized datacenters is the steady embrace of hybrid cloud models as enterprises look to leverage cloud flexibility and savings while securing proprietary data and applications on-premises.
Those projections were backed by another survey released by TechTarget, the 2016 IT Priorities Report. According to feedback from 3,000 IT decision makers, SDDCs was cited as among the top 10 IT initiatives of 2016 — with it ranking as more important than software as a service (SaaS) and application modernization.
Here are some other findings of that report, based on the IT respondents’ feedback:
Adoption of SDDCs has clear benefits. SDDCs enable IT departments to deliver more agility and cost-efficiency for their infrastructures, which are highly appealing to many organizations. They also provide cloud functions such as resource pooling and self-service provisioning, TechTarget reported.
Convergence provides a cost-efficient method for deploying an SDDC. Converged or hyperconverged infrastructures enable compute, networking and storage resources to be managed through a unified management platform, which is basically an SDDC model.
SDDCs are considered the defining architecture for the next-generation data center. They give organizations the ability to adopt an IT-as-a-service delivery model.