The desire to move to a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) solution is being driven first foremost by two factors: cost savings and scalability. Government-wide, agencies are contending with ever-increasing amounts of complex data and many of those agencies are being saddled with expensive legacy IT systems that limit their ability to invest in new technology. Unfortunately these legacy systems have left many government agencies reluctant to make the daunting transition to a new SDDC solution. However, with data acquisition trends growing at a projected rate of 800 percent over the next five years, we are past the time for our leadership to consider how they intend to bridge this gap and begin what is an obvious and necessary evolution. During this period of dramatic transformation, virtually every agency is being challenged to stay ahead of an exponential growth in data. To meet this need, incorporating Virtual Storage Area Networks (SANs) is likely the most logical first step towards a SDDC solution.