Software-defined data centers will significantly lower costs and improve the efficiency of information technology. So says a recent e-book published by Brocade, which covers the advantages seen with software-defined networking (SDN) and something called network functions virtualization (NFV). For clarity, I’ll just refer to these technologies as software-defined data centers.

What do we mean by a software-defined data center? Essentially, key services – such as messaging, processing, storage, data management, and provisioning – are abstracted away from their underlying systems and hardware and are managed within a software-based service layer. In theory, that means no rewiring server closets or reconfiguring disk arrays or writing scripts to make one system deliver data to another. Instead, it should mean clicking on buttons or dials on a screen to manage your IT resources.

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