The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated cloud adoption as a means of simplifying remote access to applications and services. Monies that would have been spent on extending maintenance and support on older gear can be redirected as an investment into the start of the software-defined data center (SDDC) journey. Timing is important here to maximize the return of investment of existing pre-paid maintenance contracts. Gartner expects the market for public cloud services to grow 6.3 percent in 2020, even as the overall IT market has contracted due to the economic downturn.
But work-from-home models have not changed the fact that some IT workloads need to remain onsite. IT teams must continue to operate and maintain the corporate data center, often while working remotely themselves. This has renewed interest in the software-defined data center, which enables centralized management and policy-based automation of the data center environment.