The Orchestration and Automation layer of the Software Defined Data Center is where the benefits of the SDDC is translated are translated into working applications for end users and business constituents. Every Cloud Management Platform relies upon either a script or one of these automation frameworks to provision and configure the actual end user services and applications. These solutions represent an opportunity to replace first generation automation management tools and scripts with modern declarative and model based approaches that are much more manageable and scalable.
The Cloud Management layer of the Software Defined Data Center is where the flexibility of the SDDC is translated into tangible benefits for the business constituents of the virtualized data center, the private clouds, the hybrid clouds and the public clouds. Without a robust Cloud Management layer, the IT Operations flexibility of the SDDC cannot translate into the relevant level of Business Agility for the business.
If BMC is taken private, the same fate will likely befall other legacy enterprise management software vendors like CA, and the management software divisions of IBM and HP. This will start the process of the replacement of these products by new ones built from the ground up for virtualization and cloud computing, and mark the start of the disruption of the entire management software business.
A VMware win against Microsoft simply requires VMware to turn the pricing tables on Microsoft, and to leverage its highly differentiating functionality in its Software Defined Data Center strategy. VMware could re-establish technical dominance in the data center virtualization space as early as the end of this year by leveraging its software defined networking, software defined storage, and management software assets.
SDDC Operations Management is going to require a new approach. Vendors with effective Operations Management solutions for today’s virtualized data centers are in the best position to be able to expand their offerings for the SDDC. Legacy vendors face a complete rewrite of their products and the adoption of a new business model (easy to try and easy to buy) that will destroy them financially, and will therefore be unable to react to the SDDC either technically or financially.