IIn its study entitled “Server and Data Center Predictions,” the Forrester Research market research institute concluded that the Software Defined Data Center will soon become an increasingly important organisational concept for complex virtualised IT infrastructures. If so, cloud computing providers will provide more than just storage
or servers as virtual resources. SDDC means far more, namely the software-based abstraction of the entire data centre. In other words, all of the components in a Software Defined Data Center are completely virtualised. Besides the servers and storage capacities, the networks – including switches and load balancers as well as firewalls and security systems – are also modelled, made available and managed automatically using software.