Information Technology (IT) departments are under significant pressure to deliver new applications to market, to innovate with technology to beat competitors and to do it faster with more choice. At the same time, there are requirements for stricter compliance, improved security, controlled costs and increased efficiency. To solve these problems, the modern data center is trending towards converged and hyper-converged infrastructures, virtualization and software-defined infrastructures and public and hybrid cloud solutions.
See Appendix B, Business IT Challenges and Trends, for a more detailed discussion of these issues.
The VMware vision of the modern data center is a software-defined, standardized architecture. It is a fully integrated hardware and software stack, simple to manage, monitor and operate. The VMware architecture for the software-defined data center (SDDC) empowers companies to run hybrid clouds and to leverage unique capabilities to deliver key outcomes that enable efficiency, agility and security. The VMware SDDC is based on VMware vSphere®, VMware vSAN® and VMware NSX® to provide compute, storage and networking virtualization to the SDDC, as well as the VMware vRealize® Suite for additional cloud management, self-service, automation, intelligent operations and financial transparency. See Appendix C, VMware software-defined data center (SDDC), for more detail.
VMware Cloud Foundation provides integrated cloud infrastructure (vSphere compute, vSAN storage, NSX networking, and security) and cloud management services (with the vRealize Suite) to run many types of enterprise applications, from traditional applications deployed as virtual machines and VMware Horizon virtual desktops, to Kubernetes powered containerized cloud native applications, in both private and public environments. Cloud Foundation helps to break down the traditional administrative silos in data centers, merging compute, storage, network provisioning, and cloud management to facilitate end-to-end support for application deployment. Cloud Foundation’s SDDC Manager component automates the lifecycle management of a complete software-defined data center on standardized hyper-converged architecture. Cloud Foundation can be deployed on premises on a broad range of supported hardware or consumed as a service in the public cloud. See Appendix D, VMware Cloud Foundation, for more information on the native Cloud Foundation architecture, key features and capabilities, SDDC Manager, resource management with workload domains, support for dual-region and multiple availability zones, and path to the hybrid cloud details.
VMware sees three paths for building an SDDC:
Dell EMC shares VMware’s vision of the modern data center and extends that to the infrastructure. For customers that choose VMware as the primary technology for modernizing their data center or building a multi-cloud IT environment, Dell EMC offers both automated and guided paths to the VMware SDDC.