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A Guidance Framework for Implementing Software-Defined Infrastructures


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.

Published: 12 February 2019

ID: G00377317

Analyst(s): Matthew Brisse

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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