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Building VMware Software-Defined Data Centers by Valentin Hamburger

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Identifying processes and how to automate them

This is one of the main discussion points when it comes to an SDDC. The concept of automation across departments is dependent on the pre-existing processes. The first step of automating them is actually identifying all their stages and requirements. This might be a tricky task but is very important for applying all SDDC benefits later on.

How would a perfect process look like to be automated?

  • Clear defined steps and stations
  • The execution of the process is preapproved; no approvals required during runtime
  • Well defined requirements and outcomes for each station
  • All used tools are programmable (API, scripts, CLI, and so on)
  • All endpoints/tools can be reached from a single location
  • All (yet) manual tasks can ...

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