NSX is part of a larger architecture that VMware has been developing over the past few years, one that it calls the software defined data center (SDDC). With SDDC, all of an organization's infrastructure is virtualized, allowing data center administrators to easily automate operations.
During his keynote, Gelsinger also introduced a number of other technologies, in addition to NSX, that would provide additional elements to SDDC. The company has begun work on its own products to virtualize storage, for instance, with the beta introduction of the Virtual Storage Area Network (VSAN), which allows an administrator create a virtual SAN out of server hard drives.
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