After VMware touting out the new term “software defined data center,” I suddenly saw many vendors claiming they support software defined data center at VMworld. Days ago I read a news about Joe Tucci, the CEO of VMware’s parent company EMC, explaining what “software defined data center” is.
At first sight, these two technologies are totally different and you won’t talk about them together. But looking closely at the philosophies behind them, I find they are surprisingly similar and I hope you would agree with me after reading through this article.
A Quick Overview
Before getting into the detailed analysis, let’s take a quick look at the concepts and histories of both technologies.
BusinessWeek recently published an article “In Silicon Valley, Hardware is Hot Again.” Almost all big names started to sell hardware now, Microsoft, Google, and Apple of course. Apple’s stellar success in iPhone and iPad disrupted the conventional wisdom that software is higher in margin compared to hardware. Also, Apple’s hardware and software combined devices posts a real risk for Microsoft and Google. To be exact, the hardware in the article title should really be software bundled hardware. That is why Google and Microsoft had to get into hardware business competing directly against Apple.
As cloud computing gains momentum, more mega data centers are constructed or to be constructed. You can find cool videos on how companies like Google, Microsoft build and run their state-of-the-art data centers.
In these data centers, computers/storage/switches are packed and wired inside containers in factory before being shipped to a data center. After hooking up power, networking, and cooling, a container of servers are ready to go. These advances have