In a world where software drives nearly every technology, the term software-defined everything (SDx) strikes me as a bit redundant. After all, what isn’t dependent on software these days? Even in the technologies we readily associate with hardware — storage, for instance — the magic is in the software that runs on top.

As SDx matures, this once holistic idea is becoming more narrowly segmented. As with any evolving technology, opinions may differ on what falls under its broad umbrella. Does SDx include Infrastructure as Code? Artificial intelligence? Cloud operating models?

IT professionals may enjoy debating what SDx is, but there’s another valuable approach we can take to the conversation, and that’s to define what SDx isn’t. To that end, let’s examine and debunk four common myths about SDx.