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A Guidance Framework for Implementing Software-Defined Infrastructures

Published: 12 February 2019

ID: G00377317

Analyst(s): Matthew Brisse


Technical professionals implementing software-defined technologies for data center, edge and hybrid-cloud environments must balance technological innovations against the value they bring to the business. This report provides eight steps to successfully implement SDI for enterprise environments.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Determine the Right Time to Act
    • Develop a Data Center Strategy for Hybrid Operations
    • Define Business Objectives for Software-Defined Architectures
    • Define Aspirational Goals and Key Principles for Software-Defined Initiatives
  • Step 1: Determine How the Software-Defined Framework Will Be Used
  • Step 2. Identify Abstracted/Virtual Layers and Services
    • Identifying Abstraction Layers
    • Defining Abstracted Infrastructure Services
  • Step 3. Perform an Infrastructure Assessment
  • Step 4: Define Abstracted/Virtual Policies
  • Step 5: Plan for Intelligent Infrastructure and AIOps Integration
    • Optimizing Infrastructure Resources Through the Use of Intelligent Infrastructure
    • Integrating the Software-Defined Framework With AIOps
  • Step 6: Implement Software-Defined Infrastructure Stacks
  • Step 7: Integrate Software-Defined Security Zones
  • Step 8: Integrate a Policy-Based Orchestration and Management Layer

Risks and Pitfalls

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