Gartner Research

How to Improve Data Center Network Agility Without Getting Fired

Published: 05 November 2015

ID: G00289795

Analyst(s): Danilo Ciscato, Andrew Lerner

Summary

Networking leaders need to improve operational agility and support Mode 2 applications, while maintaining high availability in the data center. Despite the hype surrounding software-defined networking, there are multiple paths to this goal, including network automation and new procedural approaches.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Don't Assume SDN Is the Only Way to Improve Data Center Agility
    • SDN Isn't the Only Route to Agility
    • Automation
  • Address Organizational and Cultural Barriers, Then Engage Cross-Functional Teams
  • Select the Path to Agility With the Highest ROI and Lowest Risk
  • Start Small and Iterate Your Network Automation Initiatives

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