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software-defined-datacenterEfficiency. Flexibility. Simplicity. Affordability. These three features ought to be industry standards, but you’d be amazed how rarely they’re found together. With software-defined datacenters (SDDC’s), these are exactly the types of benefits you can get. Some people out there remain convinced that “software-defined” anything is nothing more than a buzzword or a fad because certain solutions are built on inferior and incomplete SDDC implementations. But we certainly believe the benefits of SDDC’s are not only available for use today , but represent the future of IT. We’ve built a better SDDC — yCenter.

Cost Efficiency

We believe in making cutting edge technology attainable because there’s no point in creating something great if nobody can afford to use it. With yCenter, you get free access to things that other companies charge an arm and a leg for, like data deduplication. KVM hypervisors are a standard part of yCenter, which are also included at no additional cost. Not only do you get all these features for no extra cost, Yottabyte yCenter is the only hyper-converged infrastructure software solution on the market to include networking capabilities, making it a truly complete SDDC solution.

Improved Performance

SDDC’s are all about taking what you already have and getting more out of it. You won’t pay more, the size of your datacenter won’t get any bigger, and you won’t see your energy bills skyrocket; the only thing that will grow is your datacenter’s performance. Yottabyte yCenter can give you five times the performance, for ⅕ the cost and in a fraction of the physical space of a traditional datacenter.

Easy Recovery

Nobody likes to think about things going wrong with their datacenters. But things do go wrong sometimes and you don’t want to be caught unprepared if it does. yCenter is an incredibly resilient SDDC and makes getting back on track a not-so-big ordeal. A datacenter with zero downtime is a very real possibility! The low-cost, modular nature of yCenter makes it easy to have redundant systems with synchronized data, eliminating the possibility of a single point of failure. yCenter also offers continuous data protection with our snap-sync technology, making it a breeze to restore data to an earlier point in time.

Flexibility & Simplicity

SDDCs make IT management a much simpler and more flexible process than it ever has been before. As an example, if you need to test an application or patch, you can easily clone your entire datacenter (in under a second) and try the update out without impacting any of your production systems. You’ll have a faster turnaround on requests and since your IT staff won’t have to spend as much time on maintenance, they’ll be able to do more work in other, more business-impacting capacities.

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hybrid-cloud-yottabyteCloud computing and storage used to be broken down into two different types: private clouds and public clouds. With public clouds, storage space and computing resources are made available by a service provider and a customer is buying just part of the service provider’s resources. Private clouds are created exclusively for the use of one company or organization.

Both Public and private clouds each have their own benefits. Public clouds tend to be more affordable and are easily scalable to a business’ needs, but private clouds (or virtual private clouds) offer the security of having data stored in an infrastructure created just for you, behind your firewall. More and more businesses are seeing the advantages each of them offers and want to take advantage of both of them. This is where the hybrid cloud comes into play.

What Is the Hybrid Cloud?

A hybrid cloud is a type of cloud architecture where a private cloud (behind your firewall) and a public cloud (service provider) are both used and connected through a secure connection. The clouds exist as two separate entities, but their connection enables them to create a seamless work environment that can leverage each other.

Who Can Benefit From the Hybrid Cloud?

Hybrid clouds are an option for businesses where the need for high performance computing and data storage is big, but the budget and physical space available is small. Some businesses like to keep currently used files on a private cloud, but use public clouds for archive storage. In other cases, some or all of a company’s servers may run in the public (virtual private) cloud. For example, hybrid clouds have become popular in the healthcare industry. Due to HIPAA regulations, there is information that needs to be stored in a private cloud, but other less sensitive applications can be sourced via a public cloud. They’ve also become particularly popular with financial institutions, law firms, retail establishments, and the travel industry.

The Future of the Hybrid Cloud

IT research company Gartner estimates that by the end of 2017, nearly half of all large enterprises will have deployed hybrid clouds.There’s simply no need to settle for one or the other if you can easily benefit from both. There’s also no need to have separate hybrid cloud and datacenter providers. Yottabyte is the first hybrid cloud provider to also offer a virtual datacenter, making it a truly complete solution for your data storage, computing and networking needs.

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