High-Value Outcomes for IT Organizations

VMware Software-Defined Data Center enables unique capabilities for IT organizations to help achieve outcomes such as greater data center efficiency, improved security, high availability and faster delivery of infrastructure and applications.

IT Outcomes

With VMware, IT organizations can achieve critical results, or outcomes, with unique capabilities that help IT respond to business requests quickly and cost-effectively, without compromising security, control or choice. These are the high-value IT outcomes your organization can achieve:

Data Center Virtualization and Standardization

A Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) based on VMware products and technologies enables data center standardization and consolidation through virtualization of compute, storage and network―dramatically reducing capital and operational expenditures while bringing hardware choice, flexibility and extensibility to the hybrid cloud.

This virtualized infrastructure supports traditional as well as new application types such as big data and mobile. VMware SDDC architecture can easily be extended to the hybrid cloud; it also provides IT greater choice and flexibility, with unit costs equal or lower than public cloud so capital expenses can be reduced up to 70 percent 1.

Capability Maturity
Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
  • Compute virtualization
  • Virtualization of business-critical applications
  • Big data application support
  • Software-defined storage
  • Network virtualization
  • Extension to hybrid cloud
  • Data center migration
  • Management across hybrid and
    heterogeneous data centers

1 Taneja Group Technology Brief, “Transforming the Datacenter with VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center vCloud Suite”, June 2014

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Streamlined and Automated Data Center Operations

Using VMware’s approach to an SDDC, IT can streamline and automate IT management, increasing operational control while optimizing and improving infrastructure performance, capacity, health and costs. The SDDC lets you leverage third-party data integration, proactive analysis and smart alerts to monitor performance and improve insight and response.

This intelligent operations management extends across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures, from vSphere and Hyper-V, to OpenStack, Amazon Web Services and physical hardware. VMware SDDC provides predictive analytics to correlate data from applications to storage in a unified tool that’s easy to use and provides proactive action and policy-based automation. The result is improved data center performance, health and capacity management, and a reduction in operating expenses by up to 56 percent 2.

Capability Maturity
Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
  • Performance and capacity optimization
  • Infrastructure health monitoring
  • Third-party integration
  • Customized dashboards
  • Compliance monitoring
  • Application health monitoring
  • Quality-of-service management

2 Taneja Group Technology Brief, “Transforming the Datacenter with VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center vCloud Suite”, June 2014

Security Controls Native to Infrastructure

VMware SDDC is based on virtualization of layer 2 to layer 7 network and security services, allowing these services to be tied to specific workloads. This results in more granular control of security settings at the infrastructure level and enables micro-segmentation.

This network virtualization platform is hardware and hypervisor agnostic, providing maximum flexibility to capitalize on IT’s existing network infrastructure investments and improving the ratio of security to level of effort.

Capability Maturity
Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
  • Layer 2 to layer 7 network virtualization and network security tied to workloads
  • Micro-segmentation
  • Multi-tenancy
  • Advanced third-party security services integrated into network platform
  • Extension of network and security services to hybrid cloud
  • Third-party products including Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro and Symantec

High Availability and Resilient Infrastructure

With a VMware SDDC, IT can protect all data and apps across the data center with ease and cost-efficiency to help guarantee business continuity, ensure regulatory compliance and deliver peace of mind to business owners.

SDDC offers hardware-agnostic backup and replication to protect data across any platform. It also offers automated application recovery through flexible policy enforcement to achieve high availability locally and disaster recovery across sites or to the hybrid cloud.

IT organizations reduce downtime for apps and services while realizing efficiencies that decrease disaster recovery management costs by up to 50 percent 3, making it possible to extend protection to all virtualized apps in the data center.

Capability Maturity
Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
  • High Availability, backup and replication across sites and to hybrid cloud
  • Automated disaster recovery for vSphere environments
  • Self-service, policy-based disaster recovery protection for applications

3 Forrester Total Economic Impact Study, “The Total Economic Impact of VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager”, Jonathan W. Lipsitz and John Erickson, May 2013.

Merger Leads to a Single Virtualized Infrastructure


ABN AMRO Bank reduces their hardware footprint 85%.

Application and Infrastructure Delivery Automation

A highly automated SDDC helps enable infrastructure and application delivery in minutes for traditional and new application types across private and public infrastructures.

VMware SDDC delivers capabilities for infrastructure and application delivery automation across multiple hardware platforms, hypervisors and clouds. IT organizations can establish a true self-service hybrid cloud that can scale up or down based on the needs of the business, reducing provisioning time from weeks to minutes 4.

Capability Maturity
Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
  • Automated VM delivery (IaaS)
  • Infrastructure costing
  • Automated middleware and applications delivery
  • Policy-based network/storage services
  • Service costing
  • Hybrid cloud support, e.g., AWS, OpenStack
  • Application release automation (DevOps)
  • Custom services, e.g., desktops

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