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CRN Software Defined Data Center Roundtable: Industry Leaders Sound Off On Software Defined Vs. Public Cloud

Leaders from industry titans HPE, Dell EMC, Veeam and Big Switch Networks discuss the cost of software-defined data centers versus public cloud.

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Software-Defined Data Center Vs. Public Cloud

Industry leaders say through the rapid rise of automation and orchestration technology, businesses are starting to realize the cost benefits of a software-defined data center compared to the public cloud, specifically Amazon Web Services.

"AWS isn't the cheapest solution," said Peter McKay, Co-CEO and President of Veeam, during a CRN Software Defined Data Center roundtable. "Everybody thinks going to the public cloud, going to AWS – it's cheap. And it's not."

McKay was one of several top executives holding decades of experience from some of the largest vendors in the globe who participated in the roundtable discussion. The following are excerpts from the discussion around the cost of on-premise, software defined data centers versus the public cloud.

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