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Read how the Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) assesses GaleForce a flagship of Gale technologies as a provider of effective & flexible ways of optimizing virtualized & hybrid infrastructures …

Read how the Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) assesses GaleForce a flagship of Gale technologies as a provider of effective & flexible ways of optimizing virtualized & hybrid infrastructures without hampering the application performance.

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  • 1. Gale Technologies:Optimizing Cloud Computingthrough Cross-Domain ProvisioningAn ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES® (EMA™) White PaperPrepared for Gale TechnologiesApril 2011 IT & DATA MANAGEMENT RESEARCH, INDUSTRY ANALYSIS & CONSULTING
  • 2. Gale Technologies: Optimizing Cloud Computingthrough Cross-Domain Provisioning Table of Contents Executive Introduction........................................................................................................................................1 Optimizing Infrastructure for Cloud and Hybrid Service Delivery ...........................................................1 Technologies for Provisioning Cloud Services.........................................................................................3 Gale Technologies ................................................................................................................................................4 GaleForce ........................................................................................................................................................4 Architecture and Functionality...........................................................................................................5 Some Deployment Highlights ............................................................................................................6 EMA Perspective ..................................................................................................................................................7 About Gale Technologies ...................................................................................................................................7 ©2011 Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. | www.enterprisemanagement.com
  • 3. Gale Technologies: Optimizing Cloud Computingthrough Cross-Domain Provisioning Executive Introduction After an initial period of deployment and experimentation, Cloud computing is now becoming a catalyst for many innovative changes in technology design, technology adoption, and organizational and process enhancements. Among other things, Cloud is clearly driving IT organizations to move towards a more dynamic and cross-domain approach for managing and optimizing change. Cloud is clearly driving IT However, many of the solutions available on the market today organizations to move towards for visibility, automation and responsible control of configuration a more dynamic and cross- changes are costly and cumbersome to deploy. This is especially domain approach for managing true when the full infrastructure is taken into account, including and optimizing change. storage, network and systems devices, and virtual as well as traditional software images – whether within a data center or across geographies. This ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES® (EMA™) report looks at some of the benefits, requirements and best practices advancing the assimilation of Cloud computing, with a focus on private Cloud and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). It will also discuss GaleForce, a unique offering from Gale Technologies, which provides a versatile and effective way to optimize virtualized and hybrid infrastructures without sacrificing application performance. Optimizing Infrastructure for Cloud and Hybrid Service Delivery The U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) defines Cloud computing as: “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” A few salient features implied from this definition are that Cloud computing offers: • On-demand self-service – so that users can in theory unilaterally provision computing capabilities or access application services when needed. • Broad network access – makes Cloud services available to a larger number of users across different device types (e.g., mobile phones, laptops, PDAs, etc.). • Resource pooling – typically requires dynamically assigning different physical and virtual resources based on customer demand. This could mean dynamically reallocating systems, storage, network bandwidth and applications based on user needs in a way that makes the physical and geographical location of the resources invisible to the user. • Rapid elasticity – so that resources can be quickly and easily provisioned based on demand. NIST also defines three categories of Cloud services that can apply internally or externally: • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) – Providers (internal or external) deliver applications to consumers over a Cloud infrastructure typically accessed through a thin client interface, such as a Web browser. • Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) – Here the provider offers both an underlying Cloud infrastructure and application-related tools and resources such as programming languages to an internal or external consumer. Page 1Page 1 ©2011 Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. | www.enterprisemanagement.com
  • 4. Gale Technologies: Optimizing Cloud Computingthrough Cross-Domain Provisioning • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) – Providers deliver Cloud infrastructure support (systems/ processing, storage, networks, etc.) to support consumer (internal/external) requirements for running applications and operating systems. According to recent EMA research, most adoptions for Cloud are hybrid, but primarily private, with some mix of public or community Cloud services, such as those provided by outside service providers, or those delivered by communities of partners, developers or others in a business or organizational- related ecosystem. Figure 1 shows data from the February 2011 EMA research report, Operationalizing Cloud: The Move Towards a Cross-Domain Service Management Strategy, highlighting the overall mix of hybrid Cloud environments. In terms of your organization’s cloud deployments, which statement best describes what stage your organization is at today? Mostly internal / private cloud 36% About half and half internal / external 27% Mostly external / public or community cloud 17% Completely internal / private cloud 15% Completely external / public or community cloud 5% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% Column % Figure 1: Hybrid environments Cloud dominate with internal, or private, Cloud leading external or public and community offerings significantly Quite aside from all the hype, Cloud deployments are clearly on the rise – and for good reason. Some of the key benefits of Cloud include: • Capex and opex savings • Faster time to provision existing and new services • Improved resiliency in support of service performance • Improved backup and disaster recovery • Business model benefits, including process improvements and revenue generation And yet, 70% of respondents said they had to redo or rethink initial Cloud deployments! Which is a natural lead into some of the more salient issues surrounding Cloud computing technologies. Some of the topmost issues include: • “Getting started” cost issues for transforming physical infrastructure to Cloud and virtualized environments Page 2Page 2 ©2011 Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. | www.enterprisemanagement.com
  • 5. Gale Technologies: Optimizing Cloud Computingthrough Cross-Domain Provisioning • Concerns surrounding security and governance • Immature technologies still insufficient to support the provisioning and management of Cloud services Technologies for Provisioning Cloud Services In Operationalizing Cloud, EMA assessed twelve core technologies associated with the lifecycle management of Cloud services. These ranged from performance management and service management analytics to configuration and change management capabilities. When mapped to “achieved benefits” many of the results were striking. Three of the technology correlations most relevant to provisioning include: Visibility into infrastructure and service interdependencies: • 1.4 times more likely to reduce complexity of management via Cloud • 1.4 times more likely to improve service resilience via Cloud • 1.6 times more likely to accelerate deployment of existing services via Cloud • 1.6 times more likely to accelerate the creation of new services via Cloud • 1.5 times more likely to increase infrastructure flexibility via Cloud Automation to support or trigger cross-domain provisioning and configuration control: • 1.5 times more likely to reduce management complexity • 1.3 times more likely to reduce capital costs via Cloud • 1.5 times more likely to free up resources for strategic projects • 1.4 times more likely to improve service resilience via Cloud • 1.7 times more likely to accelerate deployment of existing services via Cloud • 1.4 times more likely to accelerate the deployment of new services via Cloud Service catalog capabilities: • 1.4 times more likely to reduce management complexity • 1.4 times more likely to reduce capital costs via Cloud • 1.5 times more likely to improve service resilience via Cloud • 1.5 times more likely to accelerate deployment of existing services via Cloud • 1.6 times more likely to accelerate creation of new services via Cloud • 2.2 times more likely to expand revenue channels via Cloud Cloud has become a catalyst Unfortunately, many of the solutions employed to support these to stimulate new entrants requirements are very expensive, complex and unwieldy to deploy, with more dynamic and often administer and keep current. In a part as a result, Cloud has complementary approaches become a catalyst to stimulate new entrants with more dynamic to more established service and often complementary approaches to more established service management, configuration management, configuration and provisioning capabilities. and provisioning capabilities. Page 3Page 3 ©2011 Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. | www.enterprisemanagement.com
  • 6. Gale Technologies: Optimizing Cloud Computingthrough Cross-Domain Provisioning Gale Technologies Gale Technologies is a recent entrant with a track record of delivering impressive levels of efficiency in provisioning cross-domain software/hardware infrastructure for Cloud services. Not surprisingly then, Gale Technologies has also been fast growing, with an aggressive percentage (70%) of new customers including some Fortune 500 companies. Currently, many customers are top-tier technology and equipment vendors (e.g., network/systems/storage) and global service providers, along with a number of government and military customers. Enterprise customers are also on the rise. Gale Technologies’ solutions are supporting applications such as test and development, proof-of-concept, sales demo, training, data center staging and QA, and IT operations. Gale Technologies’ products are directed at provisioning IaaS across Cloud and hybrid environments, primarily for private and community Cloud services. GaleForce GaleForce is Gale Technologies’ flagship product for dynamic infrastructure optimization and provisioning. Its outstanding strengths in cross-domain support and ease of deployment are highlighted by its current GaleForce Turnkey Cloud offering and its Build a Cloud in 2 Steps and 2 Weeks campaign. This solution offers a turnkey product bundle that can be downloaded in an Open Virtualization Format (OVF) file onto a VMware hypervisor for rapid deployment. The Turnkey Cloud supports existing and legacy environments that include virtualization, physical servers, networking, storage, and software repositories for OS and ESXi images. A screenshot of the main client and Web portal interfaces is shown in Figure 2. GaleForce Control Center provides resource management, template authoring, and automated end-to-end provisioning for physical and virtual resources across application, computing, networking, and storage tiers. The GaleForce Web Portal enables self-service and on-demand fulfillment of infrastructure service requests, based on templates published by the system admin. Figure 2: GaleForce Control Center and Web Portal Client Interfaces Page 4Page 4 ©2011 Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. | www.enterprisemanagement.com
  • 7. Gale Technologies: Optimizing Cloud Computingthrough Cross-Domain Provisioning Architecture and Functionality At the heart of Gale Technologies’ architectural and functional strengths is the GaleForce Server, which provides support for inventory and resource allocation; template design and visualization; resource scheduling and reservation, together with capacity allocation and management, and the highly flexible automation workflow engine that enables the cross-domain end-to-end provisioning that GaleForce is known for. The GaleForce Control Center client is used by administrators and architects for managing resources and resource pools, and for designing and modeling infrastructure and service templates that can be published to the end-user communities. Such templates represent pre-built designs for workloads that can range from individual physical or virtual resources, such as servers or virtual machines, to full, top-to-bottom software stacks, to complete end-to-end multi-tier architectures. The GaleForce Web Portal is a self-service catalog-like interface through which users can browse, select, schedule and have resources automatically provisioning based on the wide range of predefined templates. The Web Portal includes support for custom-branding to an organization’s own look and feel, and is designed for one-click access to enable the levels of efficiency and scalability needed for already existing global deployments. The GaleForce Resource Adapter Framework is what enables the GaleForce server to control, automate and orchestrate a wide range The GaleForce Resource of physical and resource types, through the plug-in Resource Adapters. Adapter Framework enables To date, over 130 Resource Adapters have been built and deployed the GaleForce server to by Gale and its customers using the Resource Adapter SDK. control, automate and The Resource Adapter Framework is an extensible and modular orchestrate a wide range of layer in the GaleForce architecture that supports adapters or drivers physical and resource types. to a wide range of products and technologies, including: servers and computing resources; switches, routers, and networking equipment; storage arrays and storage area networking products; firewall, security, and access equipment; hypervisors and virtualization management software; file servers and version control repositories; public Cloud APIs; plus element managers and other software applications Figure 3 shows a diagram of the GaleForce architecture. Page 5Page 5 ©2011 Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. | www.enterprisemanagement.com
  • 8. Gale Technologies: Optimizing Cloud Computingthrough Cross-Domain Provisioning Figure 3: GaleForce Architecture Some Deployment Highlights One large, global and multi-site community Cloud deployment to support partner development and compatibility testing across a wide range of network and data center devices has saved dramatically in hardware (capex) costs, but even more dramatically in opex-related travel and installation time. HW and SW images are provisioned within the main sites and remotely to partner locations via a VPN, with payback achieved well within One large, global and the first year. This particular type of hybrid Cloud spanning both multi-site community Cloud vendor and partner sites is enabling an efficient developer ecosystem deployment has saved and speeding time to market for all the participants. dramatically in hardware A similar environment – this time targeted at channels and resellers (capex) costs, but even more – required working models of critical tier-1 applications such as dramatically in opex-related Oracle, Exchange and SAP to be scheduled with guaranteed travel and installation time. availability within specific timeslots, to effectively replicate customer environments for demos and Proofs of Concept (PoCs). This community Cloud capability has grown from a hundred to three thousand registered channel users within the last twelve months across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Initial setup took less than six months. The savings in opex and capex costs have been so obvious that plans for continued aggressive expansion remain in place today. Page 6Page 6 ©2011 Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. | www.enterprisemanagement.com
  • 9. Gale Technologies: Optimizing Cloud Computingthrough Cross-Domain Provisioning A third case, currently under way, involves an enterprise that provides specialized software and services to a particular business community, and who wants to essentially become a service provider to its customer base. Here, GaleForce is being used to dynamically provision infrastructure and services from shared pools of resources that include both new and legacy equipment, and which are made available to the user base through a custom Web portal. These case scenarios, provided directly from Gale Technologies with permission from its client base, clearly serve to reinforce the efficiencies and values of GaleForce in actual deployments. EMA Perspective Gale Technologies’ GaleForce shows such obvious promise that it is already becoming a disruptive and catalytic force in the market. GaleForce shows such obvious Its breadth of support across domains, including storage, unique promise that it is already virtualization requirements, and even power efficiencies, as well as becoming a disruptive and systems and network devices and software image libraries, make it catalytic force in the market. distinctive. And when this is all contained in a package optimized for easy scalability and administration, it becomes unique. GaleForce is, on the other hand, new and although its integration and customization capabilities are rich, it has yet to have fully defined integrations for broader service management systems. In the future, these linkages should provide support for performance and service-level management, as well as ties to CMDBs and Configuration Management Systems focused on capturing application-to-infrastructure interdependencies. However, Gale Technologies is well aware of these requirements. Even more importantly, GaleForce is already proven and mature enough today to offer strong advantages to a wide range of use case environments. EMA expects to see GaleForce grow dramatically in the enterprise space in the coming years and looks forward to the positive effects upon the industry as its efficiencies become more apparent as both an advantage to its customers and a challenge to its potential vendor competitors. About Gale Technologies With over 100 live deployments powered by its products, Gale Technologies is a trusted provider of advanced software solutions that automate and orchestrate IT resources – allowing organizations to accelerate and streamline the delivery of infrastructure as a service and migrate to Cloud computing environments. As a pioneer of innovative solutions for fine-grained resource provisioning, and workflow scheduling and automation across networking, server, storage, and virtualization technologies, Gale allows thousands of users to reserve, schedule and execute workloads on shared, heterogeneous, dynamic environments with unprecedented flexibility. Gale’s customers report CAPEX and OPEX savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars per site from converting legacy silos of IT environments into fully automated and shared dynamic environments that can be securely accessed 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Gale serves a global customer base with offices in North America and Asia. For more information, visit www.galetechnologies.com. Page 7Page 7 ©2011 Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. | www.enterprisemanagement.com
  • 10. About Enterprise Management Associates, Inc.Founded in 1996, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of ITand data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depthknowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help its clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting servicesfor enterprise IT professionals, lines of business users, and IT vendors at www.enterprisemanagement.com or follow EMA on Twitter.This report in whole or in part may not be duplicated, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or retransmitted without prior written permission ofEnterprise Management Associates, Inc. All opinions and estimates herein constitute our judgement as of this date and are subject to change without notice.Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. “EMA” and “Enterprise ManagementAssociates” are trademarks of Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. in the United States and other countries.©2011 Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. EMA™, ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES®, and the mobius symbolare registered trademarks or common-law trademarks of Enterprise Management Associates, Inc.Corporate Headquarters:5777 Central Avenue, Suite 105Boulder, CO 80301Phone: +1 303.543.9500Fax: +1 303.543.7687www.enterprisemanagement.com 2247.040511

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