Data center strategy has become a critical part of business strategy. Today, more than ever, the ways and means of IT deployment can make the difference between an efficient, successful organization and an ineffective one. But IT’s support workload is increasing with greater numbers of applications for business operations and new services for competitive differentiation. As a result, the IT environment has become increasingly complex, and that shows no signs of stopping. This has placed greater burdens on IT staff in times when budgets are flat or decreasing. One of the major burdens is the management of the IT environment, with considerable staff time needed to configure, deploy, and manage applications and infrastructure. A recent IDC survey shows just how heavy this burden has become. IT decision makers report that approximately ¾ ’s of IT staff time is spent maintaining existing environments with less than ¼ of staff time being spent on value-added activities. Looking deeper into the maintenance activities we discover: 24% of time is consumed by pre-system deployment 23% of time is consumed by turning on and preparing systems for applications 29% of time is consumed by monitoring, update and patch management, health monitoring and analysis, and troubleshooting
Cisco Cloupia Orchestration delivers unified service delivery across the virtualization, compute, network and storage layers from a single pane of glass. The solution orchestrates both physical and virtual infrastructures resources utilizing the APIs of each respective hardware component contained in the converged infrastructure. . Cloupia’s self-service portal enables IT operations or customers to order and receive automated delivery of infrastructure resources quickly. This unified management approach reduces deployment of infrastructure from weeks to minutes. By updating component templates, administrators can apply maintenance updates or patches within minutes freeing up IT staff from mundane daily tasks. Cloupia manages the industry’s leading converged infrastructure across compute, network, storage and virtualization layers from a unified pane of glass and according to policies and governance specified by IT.
Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM) is an integrated management suite purpose-built for Vblock systems that includes Configuration Center, Provisioning Center and Operations as key suite elements. UIM is not an element manager…it sits above themIn unison, they deliver a single point of management for one to many Vblock systems with the ability to:Provide centralized change, configuration and compliance for Vblock systemsConfigure and provision disparate compute, network and storage resources as oneReduce and in some cases eliminate the need for multiple server, network & storage configuration toolsSignificantly streamline the integration of Vblock systems into existing IT Service Management (ITSM) frameworksUnified Infrastructure Manager [Configuration Center] can help you a secure and robust Vblock system. It uses a policy-driven approach to:Validate compliance with configuration best practicesAvoid configuration drift (Unified Infrastructure Manager tracks and reports on all changes to the Vblock system, including those that are performed by tools other than Unified Infrastructure Manager)Avoid conflicting resource identity assignmentsAutomatically track and report changes over timeUnified Infrastructure Manager [Provisioning Center] enables the critical shift from resource stovepipe-model management to a more service-oriented approach; a well known criterion for achieving the economies of scale Cloud promises. Core capabilities of Provisioning Center include:The ability to discover and operationalize Vblock converged infrastructure as a new atomic unit in the Data Center, thereby enabling unified provisioning of compute, network and storage resourcesProviding out-of-box automation workflows that can help sustain variable infrastructure provisioning requirements from the business with minimal effort and with 100% compliance guaranteedAggregate Vblock system management with a single instance, further reducing day-to-day dependencies by operations staff on individual element managersAn open and robust API to satisfy northbound integration with more diverse (and often complex) Infrastructure & Operations (I&O) management ecosystemsUIM Operations will offer:At-a-glance Vblock system topology and mash-up views for quick identification of system components and the inter-relationSimplify object search capabilities across Vblock system environments, including physical and logical objects (e.g. service profile)Deliver consolidated event management and forwarding to higher level enterprise management or network management systems (EMS/NMS)Streamline integration with 3rd-party ITSM suites through common API and MSA