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Once upon a time Smart Data Center (SDC) was still closed source. Back then it made a lot of sense to segregate ppen open source SmartOS functionality from closed source SDC functionality.
The differences between the two can be seen in the differences between the [sample SmartOS build configuration|] and the [sample SDC platform build configuration|] and the git repositories they reference.

Some of the benefits of platform consolidation

# No need to duplicate code between the smartos-overlay and sdc-related repostories (e.g. \[[FWAPI-107|]\])
# People who want to test bleeding edge SmartOS builds could simply use builds created by Joyent's Jenkins instance
# SmartOS builds get subjected to the CI tests (currently that is only true for SDC platform images)