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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The current data center cannot adequately deliver on quickly evolving business and user demands:

  • Risking the possibility of moving data center operations to the public cloud.
  • Struggling with the cost and complexity of legacy infrastructure.
  • Positioning the data center as the bottleneck to business growth and success.

Modernizing the data center with SDI will help you achieve an agile cloud-like data center:

  • Allowing software to execute on tedious and time-consuming tasks.
  • Pooling and abstracting data center resources to optimize resource allocation and utilization to achieve cloud-like agility.
  • Simplifying and optimizing data center tasks through automation and orchestration.
  • Delivering products and solutions to the end user in a fraction of the time.

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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