Modernize the Data Center with Software-Defined Infrastructure

Take a page from the cloud architecture playbook and develop an on-premise infrastructure that is elastic, agile, highly available, and ready for the hybrid future.


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Your Challenge

  • The business is demanding agility, with elastic resources and faster time to value.
  • The public cloud is considered to be more responsive and efficient.
  • Data center managers struggle with the cost and complexity of legacy infrastructure.
  • Data centers are trending toward consolidation and convergence.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Start the migration to SDI now: the cloud has quickly become an alternative to traditional infrastructure. Deliver the agile products and services the business needs, or the cloud becomes a viable option.
  • Modernize more than technology: people and process changes need to occur to get the most of new technologies.
  • Plan for hybrid infrastructure: modernization does not happen all at once. Take advantage of SDI benefits and support minimal legacy platforms.

Impact and Result

  • Use software-defined technologies to pool your resources. Break down the physical barriers that prevent your compute, network, and storage resources from working together.
  • Start your modernization efforts with the technologies that are near their refresh cycle and that require immediate attention.
  • Align the modernization of your data center technologies with required changes to your people and processes.


  • Paula Phipps, Senior Manager, Hitachi Data Systems
  • Brian Cohen, CEO, StrataCloud
  • 3 anonymous company contributors

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Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should modernize the data center with SDI, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

  1. Establish a modernization vision and assess readiness for SDI

    Establish the desired direction for the data center modernization, and examine the current state of IT and its readiness for SDI.

  2. Investigate options, assess gaps, and identify projects

    Explore data center emerging technologies, determine the people, process, and technology gaps that you need to address to migrate to SDI, and identify the modernization projects that will help to eliminate these gaps.

  3. Plan and communicate the roadmap to SDI

    Prioritize your modernization projects and establish a communications plan using Info-Tech’s tools for stakeholder communications.

Guided Implementation icon Guided Implementation

This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.

    Guided Implementation #1 - Know what you have

  • Call #1: Establish a vision for the modern data center

  • Call #2: Current IT assessment

  • Call #3: Current people, process, and technology assessment

  • Guided Implementation #2 - Find what you need

  • Call #1: Assess virtualization maturity

  • Call #2: Explore SDI-enabling technologies

  • Call #3: People, process, and technology project creation

  • Guided Implementation #3 - Get there

  • Call #1: Plan, prioritize, and pilot the modernization projects

  • Call #2: Communicate the data center modernization

Onsite Workshop

Module 1: Establish a Vision and Assess the Current State of IT

The Purpose

  • Solicit stakeholders for their intentions toward the modernization.
  • Assess the current state of IT.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identified the current state of IT and its readiness for software-defined infrastructure (SDI).

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Current IT Assessment and Technical Debt Assessment
  • An understanding of the current state of people, process, and technology in your data center
1.2 Current Skills Matrix
  • Identification of present data center skill sets
1.3 IT Platform Assessment
  • A list of the IT platforms in the data center, described by age and functionality

Module 2: Explore SDI-Enabling Technologies and Create Projects

The Purpose

  • Introduce SDI-enabling technologies.
  • Complete the tool and create projects.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A list of projects that will be used to modernize the data center to SDI.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Virtualization Maturity Assessment
  • Confirmation of progress to becoming fully virtualized
2.2 SDI Skills Matrix
  • Identification of deficiencies in required SDI skills
2.3 Process Comparison
  • Determination of process improvements and changes
2.4 Project Creation
  • A list of projects that address the people, process, and technology challenges

Module 3: Plan the Modernization

The Purpose

  • Identify and prioritize appropriate modernization projects.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Effective planning that will ensure ideal results from the modernization effort.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Continued Project Creation
  • A list of projects that address the people, process, and technology challenges
3.2 Pilot Project Creation
  • Ideal pilot project to start the modernization
3.3 Project Prioritization
  • A completed project timeline and sunshine diagram

Module 4: Communicate the Modernization

The Purpose

  • Assemble the final communications report.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A final report that will be used to communicate to all stakeholders.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Final Communications Report
  • A final communications report that can be used to communicate your modernization efforts to all stakeholders

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Search Code: 79432
Published: December 16, 2015
Last Revised: May 30, 2016

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