The Software-Defined Data Center

Data Center Management and Automation

The software-defined data center is much more easily and efficiently managed than physical infrastructure and delivers entirely new levels of agility through dramatically faster provisioning, policy-driven governance, elastic scalability and workload mobility across clouds.

VMware technology addresses and automates the full spectrum of software-defined data center operations. You can even extend automated service provisioning, both operational and business management, to heterogeneous and hybrid cloud environments.

Operations Management

Intelligent management software is a key pillar of the software-defined data center, streamlining administration and enabling markedly higher resource utilization. Policy-driven automation matches infrastructure resources to continually changing business and workload demands, fostering higher customer satisfaction. Capacity planning capabilities further enhance infrastructure efficiency by identifying idle and over-provisioned virtual machines and optimizing virtual machine density. Log Management capabilities give virtual infrastructure administrators better visibility via important unstructured system data and shorter problem resolution cycles.

Service Provisioning

Provisioning is performed via a self-service portal where authorized administrators, developers or business users can request cloud services that comply with pre-defined business policies. Deployment is highly automated: New applications can be built with unprecedented simplicity and speed using a consistent methodology and standardized reusable components with monitoring policies built into the provisioning process.

Business Management

As a unified and standardized environment, the software-defined data center allows administrators to introduce new levels of cost transparency and accountability. You can track and show back the quantity and types of IT services consumed by a business unit, application or customer at fine-grained levels of detail. You can also leverage benchmarking to compare your IT costs to industry peers and cloud service providers for informed sourcing decisions that drive down expenses.