The cloud is quickly expanding from a general-purpose data services platform to a series of highly targeted industry vertical solutions, further decreasing the need for businesses of all types to maintain infrastructure to support their operational models.
The more dependent the enterprise becomes on digital processes and services, the greater care it must take to ensure its data environment is running properly and that any issues can be corrected before they affect performance.
Aside from the broad outlines of a fully virtualized infrastructure, there is little in the way of a clear direction as to how the SDDC should be architected or what operational parameters it should support.
New modular solutions are entering the channel that promise to streamline both the deployment and ongoing management burdens of on-premises resources while duplicating the scale and operational efficiencies of the cloud.
In all likelihood, hybrid cloud environments will prove to be as diverse as the traditional data environments they replace, with each enterprise crafting customized solutions to give their products and services an edge in the marketplace.
The fact that data center infrastructure is evolving from a product to be purchased and managed to a service that is consumed is in keeping with the myriad other ways that digitization is altering the way we work and live.
The true test of emerging persistent, stateful container solutions is not devising the proper architecture, but to ensure that its operational benefits can be maintained as workloads scale to production levels.
In the end, the choice between single- or multi-cloud is the same as between single- or multivendor solutions in the data center: Does the simplicity of a single provider outweigh the drawbacks of vendor lock-in?
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