Modern software-defined compute, also known as virtualization, is the first step toward the software-defined data center. CPU and memory are decoupled from physical hardware, creating pools of resources for use wherever needed. Each virtualized application and its operating system are encapsulated in a separate, isolated software container called a virtual machine (VM). Many VMs can be run simultaneously on each server, putting the majority of hardware capacity to productive use.
Network virtualization technology takes software-defined networking (SDN) to the next level by truly decoupling network resources from underlying hardware. In much the same way that server virtualization emulates a physical server within software, network virtualization emulates the components of network and security services in software. In this way, the virtualized network is provisioned and managed independently from your hardware. Physical networking devices simply become vehicles to forward packets.
VMware’s Software-defined storage (SDS) strategy is to evolve storage architectures through the pervasive hypervisor, bringing to storage the simplicity, efficiency, and cost-savings that server virtualization brought to compute. Software-defined storage abstracts the underlying storage through a virtual data plane, making the VM, and thus the application, the fundamental unit of storage provisioning and management across heterogeneous storage systems. By creating a flexible separation between applications and available resources, the hypervisor can balance all IT resources—compute, memory, storage and networking—needed by an application.
The fully virtualized data center is automated and managed by intelligent, policy-based data center management software, vastly simplifying governance and operations. A single, unified management platform lets you centrally monitor and administer all applications across physical geographies, heterogeneous infrastructure and hybrid clouds. You can deploy and manage workloads in physical, virtual and cloud environments with a unified management experience. IT becomes agile, elastic and responsive to a degree never before possible.
VMware provides flexible paths for evolving to a software-defined private cloud that you deploy on your own physical infrastructure. Customers typically begin with VMware vSphere, and at their own pace, add software-defined networking and storage, and various elements of our comprehensive management layer. Alternatively, you can move up to a full-infrastructure solution, VMware vCloud Suite, directly from vSphere. Or extend your Software-Defined Data Center management to include other hypervisor platforms or public cloud services with the VMware vRealize Suite purpose built for hybrid cloud.
Certified VMware partners offer an array of globally consistent, flexible and custom-tailored cloud services. These too are built on VMware software-defined technology, for compatibility with your internal data center, guaranteed service levels, auditable security and assured compliance.
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