Software-Defined Everything (SDE) is more of a conceptual goal and not a technology or product, according to Oracle.

Datacentre product marketing senior director, Charlie Boyle, defines SDE as a combination of several different underlying technologies, such as virtualisation, Cloud, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

"These underlying components are tangible things you can evaluate and implement," he said.

Because "software-defined" has become an industry buzzword, Boyle admits this has led to some confusion in the market.

"There's a lot of people applying that term to products and services when it's not really applicable," he said.

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"In reality SDE is not something you buy, but more of an aspiration."

Instead, Boyle said it better to view SDE as a means of appropriating different elements from solutions that are already software-defined.

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Boyle said customers are now looking at ways to break physical links within their IT infrastructure.

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"They want to control service levels through software-defined methods rather than manual processes and physical means," he said.

Instead of focusing on SDE, Boyle said resellers and businesses are more interested in maximising IT through software-defined.

"Resellers want to implement a service that is as efficient as possible, improves customer satisfaction, and is revenue generating," he said.

"A lot of ways to do it requires software-defined technologies, but it's not as easy as just building a new mobile service based on SDE."

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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