Windows Server Software Defined (WSSD) Program is an invitation-only program by Microsoft in which solution providers design hyper-converged appliances that integrate Windows Server 2016 Software-Defined infrastructures. After going through Microsoft’s validation and requirements, one’s solution can be endorsed by Microsoft as the quickest, low risk, cost-effective way to consume Windows Server 2016 Software-Defined Data Center.
The WSSD program requires solution providers to meet four phases—design, validation, deployment and operations. Designed configurations must be reviewed and validated by Microsoft, following Software-Defined Datacenter Additional Qualifications (SDDC AQ). Afterwards, one must firmly follow Microsoft’s deployment and operation policies to be considered part of the WSSD program.