As companies begin their journey toward the software-defined data center of tomorrow, each component of their data center comes under scrutiny to determine its fit in this new world. While many layers of the data center already have software-defined offerings, data deduplication targets remain hardware centric. These solutions must evolve to become software centric to co-exist both on-premises and in the cloud. As this evolution occurs, companies will find that software-defined storage (SDS) deduplication target solutions will drive cost out of their environment even as they give companies more flexibility and lower their overall data center costs. This whitepaper explains the technology, use cases and benefits of a software-defined deduplication solution.