Software-defined networking, storage the name of the game at VMworld

Virtualization and cloud expert Bob Plankers talks about VMware's direction in 2012: the software-defined data center. But what does that mean for IT pros?

Plankers explains how storage and networking hardware can now be done in software, and he notes that the biggest part of a "software-defined" environment is connecting application programming interfaces together. With the focus on cloud and automation at VMworld 2012, the needs of different organizations come into question. Do you need public cloud or is it better to square away your assets in a private cloud first?

In this video, hear about some of the interesting storage and management tools from other vendors -- and most exciting of all, learn about the best parties to attend at the show.

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