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Emerging Technologies in Smart Clouds Part 2

5 Dec, 2011 By: Dr. Satwant Kaur, HP imageSource


In the November issue, part 1 of 2 on Smart Clouds, I explained that the availability of the technology enabled business services in the cloud, will provide the opportunities for businesses to increase speed, security, flexibility, scalability and cost effectiveness as they deliver services in this merging computing model.

Emerging Technologies in Smar Clouds Part 2Smart Clouds provide services at every level. After reviewing November’s issue for part 1 resources and five key areas addressed, let’s continue here with other solutions regarding Smart Cloud technologies.

#1: Self Service

Smart Cloud has solutions to build and consume cloud services. Smart Cloud computing resources such as, networks, servers, storage, applications, and services should be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.

Deploy an on-demand hybrid service delivery environment

Consume new cloud services and make connections that improve data flow and service quality – including:

+ HP CloudSystem to build, manage and consume services across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. Also delivers unified security, governance, and compliance across applications, as well as physical and virtual infrastructure.

+ HP Cloud Maps automatically provisions and optimizes application and infrastructure resources by leveraging preconfigured catalog objects.

+ HP Enterprise Cloud Service makes bundles of server, storage, network, and security available to be consumed as a service. It also provides the resources needed to run the applications and processes that make up core business workloads, and to access them securely over a network, 24x7, from an HP data center.

+ HP CloudStart to build Foundational private cloud implementation

+ HP Enterprise Cloud Services –Compute to consume Infrastructure services (utility services, Application services, Industry-specific services, and Application development services

+ IBMSmartCloud Enterprise to transform enterprise with an agile cloud infrastructure supporting diverse production and test workloads

+ IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud for Online storage with a high-performance, scalable storage-virtualization solution

+ …and many other solutions. Visit their website for more information.

#2: Manage & Secure

Smart Cloud has solutions to manage and secure the cloud environment:

govern across a flexible, hybrid delivery model

integrated processes and technologies to match each service to the best source

dynamically leverage technology to meet changing market demands

+ HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) software to build, manage and secure cloud services across private and public clouds. Its open architecture enables it to deploy and manage heterogeneous environments. There are multiple areas here; review HP for full information.

#3: Infrastructure Transformation and Migration Services

Smart clouds have solutions to transform the infrastructure:

Transform legacy IT operational models service-centric model

Migrate applications and infrastructure to services to drive new efficiencies

+ IBM Cloud migration and SAP Managed Application Services: Dramatically reduce costs of SAP deployment while increasing responsiveness by shifting to the cloud

+ HP Cloud roadmap Service

+ HP Cloud Application Transformation Services

+ HP Cloud Infrastructure Transformation Services

+ HP Cloud Security Service

#4: Cloud Service Provider Platform

Smart clouds have solutions for Cloud Service providers to manage the cloud services:

+ IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform to accelerate and simplify the creation, delivery and management of innovative cloud services with IBM’s Cloud Service Provider Platform

+ IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform to evolve into a cloud service provider with IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform (CSP2)

#5: Social Collaboration

Smart Clouds have integrated email, social business services and third-party applications:

+ IBM LotusLive™ for integrated email, social business services and third-party applications

+ IBM Blueworks Live can help organization improve processes with a collaborative, cloud-based platform

+ Securely connecting to customers and business partners. IBM Sterling B2B Collaboration Network gives greater visibility and control over the business processes shared with outside companies

#6: Integrated Cloud In a Box Solutions

Smart Clouds have integrated, complete, broad, cloud units to consolidate applications. This provides virtually unlimited scale, unbeatable performance, and management simplicity:

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Compute Cloud: has complete Infrastructure Stack as a Cloud In a Box, with following:

+ 30 servers, 360 cores, networking, storage, VM, Solaris, Linux

+ Oracle Identity Management: Securing Cloud

+ Oracle Enterprise Manager: Managing Cloud

+ Oracle Web Center Suite: Building applications in Cloud

+ …and many other solutions. Visit the website for further information

HP CloudSystem

+ HP CloudSystem core built on the modular HP BladeSystem architecture

+ Matrix Operating Environment that enables rapid provisioning of complex infrastructure services and adjustment of those services

+ HP Cloud Service Automation software to manage the entire cloud lifecycle. Cloud Service Automation provisions applications, manages and monitors the cloud, and provides a single service view across the cloud and traditional IT

+ Cloud Maps: tools and best practices that enable CloudSystem to quickly and easily provision various kinds of common application environments from major vendors such as VMware, Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft

+ HP Storage: including HP 3PAR Utility Storage technology that can deliver virtually unlimited tiered storage capacity

+ …and many other solutions. Visit their website for more information.

#7: Private Cloud Adoption:

Smart Clouds provide Private cloud Deployment models where Cloud assets are operated solely for a single entity and may be located on or off premises. They may be owned
and managed by that entity or by a third party.

+ IBM Workload Deployer to build, manage and monitor services across applications and private cloud delivery models

+ IBM Cloud Infrastructure to private cloud adoption and deployment of powerful workloads

The Smart Cloud Landscape

The Mainframe and PC world is behind us. The Virtual Enterprise enabled by Smart Cloud provides the following three tiers:

  • Unified communications
  • Thin/zero-client computing hardware/software
  • Desktop virtualization

This is perfect mix of solutions for users who transition to Smart Clouds for businesses transition from the traditional static model to a dynamic cloud environment.

  • Increases efficiency, performance, ease of management
  • Decreases costs

The following are top few cloud services providers. They have some areas as listed below. Some also have some issues as listed below:

  1. Amazon (Infrastructure, Network Services, Platform, Mgmt)
  2. IBM (Infrastructure, Platform, Security, and Mgmt services)
  3. Oracle ((Infrastructure, Network Services, Platform, Security and Mgmt Services)
  4. Cisco (Network Services)
  5. Citrix (Foundation Services)
  6. EMC (Security Services)
  7. Google (Application Services)
  8. Level 3 (Network Services)
  9. Microsoft (Foundation Services)
  10. Red Hat (Foundation Services)
  11. Salesforce.com (Platform and Application Services)
  12. Symantec (Security Services)
  13. VMware (Foundation Services)

Smart Cloud Solutions Issues

  • Google and Amazon do not offer on premises computing and have no software for on premises deployment, limiting their applicability in enterprise
  • AT&T and Rackspace offer on premises computing as well as cloud compute capacity but have no software for on premise deployment. Also, customers must purchase a new license to simultaneously run software on-premise and on cloud compute capacity
  • HP relies on partner vendors for operating systems, programming tools and databases. HP’s scalability is based on availability and is not guaranteed
  • Microsoft does not offer full range of on-premises computing and relies on hardware partners. Customers can not lift and shift a Microsoft license (other than Windows), such as Dynamics CRM, to run on both Azure cloud and on-premises; they are required to purchase separate licenses
  • IBM offers the full range of compute options as well as software license portability between cloud and on premise software

 




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