Accenture’s VMware Validated Design

| April 10, 2017

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Accenture's VMware Validated Design is a reference architecture for implementation of a private cloud based on VMware's software-defined data center (SDDC) technology. It encompasses the benefits of server and network virtualization along with integrated management and automated provisioning. Using VMware's next generation technology platforms, this architecture transforms rigid infrastructure elements into agile, software-centric private cloud blueprint.

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