Companies moving rapidly to adopt a cloud architecture should take a pause and first understand the true benefits and negative factors (financially) related to the Cloud.
Building a private cloud, understanding what workload is suitable for public cloud versus hybrid cloud is key to successfully establishing a cloud strategy. But just building a private cloud using traditional mechanisms and architecture is not going to help much. In fact, pretty soon there will be bottlenecks throughout the process. Some organizations may even see their service levels degrade very quickly.
The reason behind all this is primarily the issue with management of the cloud and the agility that you can offer the organization. Lack of automation tools definitely will not help your cloud strategy. While it is important to invest in maintaining and managing the infrastructure all cloud deployments need to establish processes and procedures to automate regular tasks and activities. This is not a ploy to reduce staffing or workforce but a necessity to empower that workforce or staff to provide results when needed.
VMware’s vCloud automation suite and vCenter Orchestrator are products designed to expedite the automation requirements of private clouds (popular public clouds are already automated) and also offer better control and granularity in business processes. For e.g. when a developer submits a request to spin off a new VM the process ideally starts with the Service Desk or HelpDesk request. Once the request is submitted policies must be in place for approval/rejection of the request and subsequent provisioning of that infrastructure (post approval) in a short manner of time.
But just automated provisioning is not ideal unless it is governed by mechanisms to control server sprawl. At VMWorld take advantage of the various sessions available and participate in the sessions related to Automation and the Hybrid Cloud model. These best practices can be implemented for internal infrastructure and organizations can reap huge benefits as a result of it.
Some of the sessions I plan to attend include – TEX 5663 and VCM 5695. Hope to see you there as well. I will follow-up on the sessions with another blog post.
Happy reading until then.