Many enterprises have invested millions of dollars over the years in IT management, monitoring and automation solutions for their data centers. So a natural question that arises when considering migration of workloads to hosted environments is around management tools. What new capabilities will be required? What new skills will our organization need? Is our existing toolset extensible at all?
The reality is that with the right environment and service provider, workloads and virtual machines in hosted environments can be managed with the same tools being used in the on-premise customer data center. This is particularly true for enterprises that are running virtualized workloads in a VMware environment. In fact, with the right service provider, no new applications or automation tools are required to manage hosted workloads.
Enterprises running VMware workloads that want to leverage their existing toolsets need to look for a service provider that offers the following capabilities:
By leveraging the VMware vCenter Server management console across on-premise and hosted VMware environments, enterprises are able to enjoy benefits in the following areas:
Resource Management and Performance Monitoring by leveraging hosted vCenter services enterprises can manage and schedule resources as if the hosted environment were an extension of the customer data center. Host profiles and configurations and settings can be used across on-premise and hosted environments. In addition, resource allocation rules for CPU, memory, disk and network can be applied across both environments, and common alerts and notifications can be configured.
Process and Workflow Automation by leveraging hosted VMware vSphere APIs, organizations that currently use VMware vCenter Orchestrator can extend their existing workflows and scripts to workloads running in a hosted VMware environment. This applies not just to out-of-the-box VMware workflows, but also custom scripts and workflows developed by IT administrators.
Extensibility of Existing Applications with access to hosted vCenter APIs, existing third party and custom applications and scripts can be used with workloads in the hosted VMware environment. Many enterprises rely on third party applications in the VMware partner ecosystem that integrate with vCenter for capacity management, business continuity, performance monitoring and other capabilities. By exposing the same APIs used to manage on-premise virtualized workloads, these same applications can be used for hosted workloads as well. For example, businesses are able to connect third party tools like VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps) to increase visibility into the environment through analytics, as well as assist in capacity and configurations management.
Because no new tools or capabilities are required to manage the hosted VMware environment, enterprises will also find that they can continue to leverage existing IT operations and management skills. By using the right service provider and hosted vCenter services, enterprises can seamlessly manage their on-premise and hosted VMware environments through their existing tools, solutions, processes and people.
This is the third in a series of posts exploring the IT governance and management implications of migration to hosted VMware environments. Stay tuned for our next post featuring a case study on one enterprise that decided to migrate to a hosted virtualized environment.0
For companies running distributed applications at scale, colocation remains an essential piece of a high-performance infrastructure. While traditional colocation is often viewed as simply a physical location with power, cooling and networking functionality, today’s colocation services offer increased flexibility and control for your environment.
Let’s take a look at some real-world examples of companies that are using colocation as a core element of their infrastructure to run a distributed app at scale.
Outbrain is the leading content discovery platform on the web, helping companies grow their audience and increase reader engagement through an online content recommendations engine. The company’s data centers are designed to be DR-ready, and operate in active-active mode so everything is always available when you need it.
Outbrain’s continuous deployment process involves pushing around 100 changes per day to their production environment, including code and configuration changes. This agile, controlled process demonstrates how a traditional solution like colocation can be flexible enough to support a truly distributed application at scale.
eXelate is the smart data and technology company that powers smarter digital marketing decisions worldwide. As a real-time data provider, they need to operate as a distributed application to handle large amounts of consumer-generated traffic and transactions on their networks around the world. Their infrastructure has to support dynamic content and data in order to provide meaningful insights for consumers and marketers.
eXelate’s colocation environment includes unique hardware that is outside the realm of normal commodities. The ability to incorporate Fusion-io and data warehousing services like Netezza, as well as make CPU changes and RAM upgrades, helps eXelate support the high number of optimizations required by their application. The company also uses bare-metal cloud to spin up additional instances through the API as needed. This combination of colocation and cloud creates a best-fit infrastructure for eXelate’s data-intensive application.
Whether your organization runs a continuous deployment or requires the ability to process real-time data, colocation provides the flexibility to create a best-fit infrastructure. State-of-the art colocation facilities support a hybrid approach, allowing you to combine colocation and cloud in the manner that best meets the requirements of distributed apps at scale.
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