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How to Automate Hypervisor Provisioning in Your Data Center

Published: 22 February 2017

ID: G00318883

Analyst(s): Gregg Siegfried


Automating hypervisor software installation enables the agility that DevOps requires to meet business demands and establishes a baseline for broader infrastructure automation. Technical professionals can use this guidance framework to develop a bare-metal provisioning and deployment solution.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • A: Prework
    • A1: Evaluate Applicability of This Solution
    • A2: Obtain Management Sponsorship
    • A3: Assemble Resources
  • B: Determine Solution Scope
    • B1: Affirm Business Value
    • B2: Explore Requirements and Constraints
    • B3: Inventory Essential Capabilities
  • C: Identify and Prioritize Feature Set
    • C1: Identify Required Capabilities
    • C2: Establish Success Criteria
  • D: Choose a Starting Point
    • Option D1: Assess Virtualization Platform Tools
    • Option D2: Evaluate Open-Source Options
    • Option D3: Investigate Custom Solution Using iPXE
    • Summary
  • E: Select and Execute Implementation Strategy
    • Option E1: Leverage Virtualization Platform Management
    • Option E2: Implement a Stand-Alone Provisioning Application
    • Option E3: Integrate With Existing CCA Environment
  • F: Follow-Up
    • F1: Review Accomplishments and Challenges
    • F2: Validate Roadmap
    • F3: Plan Next Iteration

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