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Are You Overwhelmed By The Number Of Cloud Services To Manage?

Are You Overwhelmed By The Number Of Cloud Services To Manage?

Are You Overwhelmed By The Number Of Cloud Services To Manage?

The past 2 years have seen a rapid adoption of cloud services among enterprises. CIOs and CTOs were able to convince the CEOs about the business case for cloud migration. However, the biggest sticking point is in the integration of various cloud services.

The need for convergence

While many enterprises have moved their non-critical applications to the public cloud for the cost advantage and robustness, regulatory compliance and performance needs are forcing some of them to use the private cloud and virtual private cloud for core business operations. Moreover, legacy applications are making the enterprise keep a part of the operations in traditional IT infrastructure.

Many enterprises are thus forced to juggle between their public cloud, private cloud and enterprise IT installations. This has lead to technology silos that are hampering the flow of information across the enterprise. To make things worse, the cloud service provider market is still nascent and major standards have not emerged to manage this fragmentation. Enterprise CIO Forum has more information on the pains faced by the IT organizations due to the fragment.

This is where I think HP’s Converged Cloud offering is interesting. Their solution is a blend of the open source platform OpenStackTM that provides massively scalable cloud computing tools, their Converged Infrastructure technology that provides the integration support and Converged Management and Security technology that provides support for development, hybrid delivery, cloud management and security services. HP has also enhanced the open source OpenStack with additional services for life cycle management, continuous deployment, etc.

What are the advantages of using a converged cloud solution?

  1. Reduce the overheads in managing your cloud infrastructure. Without adequate integration you are probably spending a lot just to keep the house under control. Better convergence would mean lower IT expenditures in the long run.

  2. Leverage the strengths of different cloud implementations. Private clouds have better performance and security, public clouds are reliable and have better economy, and traditional enterprise infrastructure has sunk costs and supports legacy applications. By having a convergence layer on top of this, you could use the strengths of each setup.

  3. Get better information flow across the enterprise. The convergence of different clouds allows better flow of information and that could lead to higher productivity and more informed decision making.

  4. Manage security in a holistic way. Fragmentation and silofication increases the surface area of attack and makes it hard to monitor all the different entry points. By having a single security interface, it is easier to identify vulnerabilities and act effectively to fix the issue. You also have better control over your IT setup by having a single set of tools and policies to manage security across the enterprise.

In the next couple of years, I believe convergence in cloud computing will be a major trend and HP could be a leader in the segment. I would also like to see more standards emerging and better evolution of management services to reduce the hassles in integration.

By Balaji Viswanathan

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Balaji Viswanathan is the founder of Agni Innovation Labs that helps startups and small businesses with their marketing and tech strategy. He has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and has been blogging for the past 7 years on technology and business related topics.

3 Responses to Are You Overwhelmed By The Number Of Cloud Services To Manage?

  1. We haven’t reached the cloud services equivalent of suburban mall sprawl, but we’re getting close. Today’s cloud can quickly resemble a town without building codes. One of the challenges with managing the cloud is a false sense of security. There’s likely more cloud services already in place than you realize. They’ve been added through a combination of business-driven projects, credit card-driven pilots and (official) IT driven projects. How do you tie them together? Converged cloud (http://bit.ly/JNr9j1) is an opportunity to not only solve an org’s management, security and visibility problems, but also provide a platform for future cloud projects. –Paul Calento http://bit.ly/paul_calento

  2.  @pcalento Thanks for the comment, Paul. It is somewhat like wild, wild west out there in the cloud world. Apart from convergence we also need standards badly now. 
     
    regards,
    Balaji

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