Gartner Research

The Impact of Software-Defined Data Centers on Information Security

Published: 16 October 2012

ID: G00229660

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald


Leading-edge enterprises' data centers are evolving to software-defined models of IT services that are decoupled from the hardware underneath. To support these shifts, information security services must evolve to become programmable and adaptive.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • Phase 1: Securing Software-Defined Data Centers
  • Phase 2: Integrating With the Software-Defined Infrastructure
    • Security Doesn't Have to All Move to Software (It Just Helps)
  • Phase 3: Evolving Into Software-Defined Security
  • Bottom Line
  • Tactical Guidelines

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