Can software-defined data centers help relieve today's congested and overtaxed data centers? That's the hope of many vendors and analysts, who see this emerging approach as a way to finally wrest control of data center operations from the historical limitations of servers, storage arrays and network equipment.

“Is a software-defined data center just existing physical assets with more virtualized aspects, or is it something revolutionary?” asks Patrick Kerpan in a recent post in Wired.

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