Gartner Research

Data Center Automation and Orchestration Scripting: Principles and Best Practices

Published: 31 August 2015

ID: G00278385

Analyst(s): Paul Delory


System administrators must use scripts in the software-defined data center, and for DevOps, but many lack the skill. Here we discuss scripting in theory and practice, illustrate a common task — building a Windows SQL server in both PowerShell and Ruby — and provide functional sample PowerShell code.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Prework Step-by-Step
    • Prework in Context
  • Qualification
    • Step 1: Tool Selection
    • Step 2: Language Selection
    • Step 3: Testing
    • Step 4: Exercising Each Tool
  • Implementation
    • Step 1: Managing Dependencies
    • Step 2: Logging
    • Step 3: Managing Inputs and Outputs
    • Step 4: Handling Errors
  • Refinement
    • Step 1: Building the Script Header
    • Step 2: Commenting
    • Step 3: Writing Readable Code
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

Index of PowerShell Best Practices

Gartner Recommended Reading

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