Rightsizing (and Right-Costing) Your Cloud Management Efforts
If you’re in IT, you’re constantly under the gun. Your lines-of-business customers demand much greater speed and agility in provisioning and deploying applications. Impatient with traditional IT’s ability to do this, some business execs don’t hesitate to embrace public cloud and SaaS providers who can turn on a dime at prices you’re having trouble competing with internally.
Then there’s the rapid growth of your private cloud workloads. Spikes in demand, coupled with the move toward public cloud services, mean you must be able to effectively manage a hybrid cloud environment—and be able to scale as your cloud workloads continue to grow.
What’s needed to spur a cease-fire? Three things:
Self-service. Not only do your users need to provision and deploy applications much faster, but whenever problems arise, the IT environment should be self-healing by automatically switching to a healthier compute or storage or networking node without requiring manual intervention.
Cost containment. To compete with outside IT service providers, you need a more cost-effective way to effectively manage the end-to-end orchestration of provisioning through operations. Many IT organizations buy numerous standalone tools to manage the server, network, storage, and operations aspects of their clouds. This results in not only high CapEx, but out-of-control OpEx, too, as you end up with a lot of different tools, and a lot of different people using tools with non-integrated processes.
Versatility. Finally, you need to acknowledge that—like it or not—you need to deal with the public cloud as part of your IT environment. So what applications belong in the public cloud, and why? Where should you burst out capacity from your private clouds—and to where? These are important questions, but most current tools aren’t designed to answer them. Worse, most cloud management tools can’t manage all the permutations of public, private and hybrid clouds.
IT as a Service Broker—Finally a Reality
What was predicted has indeed come to pass: IT needs to act as a broker of services—some private cloud, some public cloud. But all the IT silos make this virtually impossible to accomplish with traditional cloud management solutions.
To equip IT with the right strategic solution, VMware has introduced vRealizeTM Suite, a new take on a cloud management platform. vRealize establishes a common set of operational practices and policies to enable IT to set up and operate hybrid clouds with a high degree of automation.
With vRealize, you can:
Deliver cloud services with the cost and agility your customers expect from cloud.
Enable converging (or elimination) of IT silos between storage, network, application, security, and operations.
Deliver unified management across private, public, and hybrid clouds with flexible consumption models.
Take a service as basic as waste reclamation. On the one hand, many business units are incurring costs for machines, devices, or networks that aren’t being used. But because performance issues arise when machines run out of resources, many administrators conservatively oversize their machines.
Under a traditional IT model, sizing the machines and reclaiming wasted resources are performed by two different siloed groups, neither of which is privy to the logic of the other’s decisions. The operations group may try to reclaim wastage, only to have the applications group raise an outcry because the extra capacity was there for a reason.
With vRealize, this won’t happen. The system displays the reclamation and rightsizing candidates to the line-of-business owners, and provides a workflow to trigger when to reclaim or size resources correctly.
The last thing IT needs is more siloes or costly workaround solutions. With vRealize Suite, IT benefits from the most complete top-to-bottom management stack for managing clouds.
About the author: Alice LaPlante has been writing about technology in national trade and business publications for more than 20 years.
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