Software defined seems to be the hype buzzword nowadays for many technology areas: We have Software-defined radio, Software-defined networking, Software defined storage and software-defined data center.
Some days ago AllThingsD ran a piece endorsing the idea of the software-defined data center titled What Is the Software Defined Data Center and Why Is It Important? Slashdot posting on it sees the writing as a good enough publication to explain all the relevant technology terms in ways that even a non-technical audience can understand but it also seen the writing problematic for several reasons.
Fortunately, there are a number of resources online to help tell hype from reality. Slashot short article Software-Defined Data Centers: Seeing Through the Hype is a good starting point. It tries to find a little truth behind the buzz surrounding software-defined data centers (SDDCs). Some parts of SDDC are in place, while others are being added to existing products. More than an actual technology, SDDC is the culmination of many other efforts at abstracting, consolidating, managing, provisioning, load balancing and distributing datacenter assets. Today software defined data centers are in the very early stages. It means that the true benefits of the platform won’t arrive for quite some time.