The Journey to the Cloud: Practical Steps and Recommendations for Cloud Adoption


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In this webinar, we discussed the journey to Private Cloud Adoption – from the early stages of virtualization adoption to operating a private cloud and delivering IT as a service. We explored practical steps that can be taken, no matter what phase you’re in, to tackle the top management problems introduced by Virtualization and Private Cloud such as:

• VM Sprawl
• Managing Performance Contention in a shared infrastructure
• Properly planning for Capacity
• Implementing “showback” and Chargeback

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The Journey to the Cloud: Practical Steps and Recommendations for Cloud Adoption

  1. 1. The Journey to the Cloud Practical Steps and Recommendations for Cloud Adoption
  2. 2. Introduction A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds based in Austin, Texas Robbie Wright - Director, Product Marketing Jonathan Reeve - Senior Director of Product Management Today’s topic: The Journey to the Cloud: Practical Steps and Recommendations for Cloud Adoption
  3. 3. Housekeeping Can you hear me now?  If not, use the GoToWebinar chat or Q&A panel to let us know. How do you ask questions? Will this thing be recorded? Ask lots of questions
  4. 4. Agenda Just what is the “Cloud?” Why does Cloud matter for IT? The journey to Private Cloud Managing Cloud is different Level set - reporting Assuring virtual performance The capacity challenge Moving to Private Cloud - Chargeback
  5. 5. Just what is the “Cloud?” Everyone defines Cloud differently Today, we’re primarily talking about “Private Cloud”Private Cloud: A virtualized environment with dedicatedresources for a single organization that serves computingand storage resources to its users as a utility » Different from general virtualization because it offers more functionality (e.g.: automated provisioning, chargeback/showback, etc.) » Can be hosted internally or externally, but resources are dedicated
  6. 6. Why does the Cloud Matter for IT?The business has options – IT is in competition withexternal service providers…. Given IT’s changing role of creating and maintaining infrastructure vs. acting as more of an intermediary, do you plan to invest in the following business skills? (check all that apply) 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% “Marketing” of IT “Product “Financial” roles for “Competitive Other (please specify) Services back to the Management” for IT the Analysis” (vs. external business services pricing/chargeback of service providers) IT services * Results from a recent survey of SolarWinds customers
  7. 7. Private Cloud Adoption Challenges What do you think will be the biggest private cloud management challenge? Managing performance contention 49.2% Automating the end to end process 18.5% Getting business acceptance 18.5% Implementing a self service portal 7.7% Implementing chargeback 6.2% * Results from a recent survey of SolarWinds customers
  8. 8. The Journey to Private Cloud * Results from a recent survey of SolarWinds customers• How many VMs do I have? • When will I run out of resources? • What departments are using what• How many have I added in the last • How many app servers will fit in my virtual resources? 6 months? infrastructure? • How much would it cost to run certain• Do I have rogue or orphan VMs? • How much more do I need to buy? workloads on Amazon EC2®?• What OSes do they run? • “What-if” I add more hosts or VMs? • How can I automate private cloud resource allocation?• Where’s the bottleneck? • Where should I place these new VMs?
  9. 9. Virtualization Changes Virtually EverythingLegacy » 1:1 mapping between user and serverVirtualized » Shared infrastructure obscuring lines of ownership  New variables to track » Ease of deployment and changes  Agility Sprawl
  10. 10. Reporting Symptoms  Running out of storage?  Runaway VM growth?  VMs without a purpose?
  11. 11. Reporting Best PracticesVisibility and Reporting » Dashboards » Configuration Management, reporting and trending best practices » Sprawl I.D. and rightsizing » Ad-hoc reports
  12. 12. Sprawl Signs DISK CPU MEM VMs Powered ON – not being accessed - Zombies VMs OFF or Thin Suspended Provisioning DISK DISK App “Orphaned” Files Licenses DISK DISK Unchecked Snapshots DISK
  13. 13. Performance Symptoms  Application owners complaining about performance?  Need to stop the finger pointing?  Need to show the health of your infrastructure?
  14. 14. Memory and CPU Contention  Memory SwappingVM » ESX forcibly reclaim memory from VM VM VM VM VM  Memory Ballooning » VMs with tools, balloon driver  Encourage guest to use its own swapping algorithms  VM CPU Ready % » VMs are waiting for CPU cycles » Could indicate maxed out host • Bigger Host Needed • Less VMs on the Host • VM CPU limits
  15. 15. Pinpointing Storage Bottlenecks  Latency is a good indicator of a storage issue » Queues can build up at any point in the path » Is the latency “high” from the Host to the array? (i.e. > 20 ms)  Is the bottleneck in the host or the array? » Is most of the delay coming from the host or the array?© SolarWinds Whitepaper: Storage I/O Bottlenecks in a Virtual Environment  Which VMs are generating the most IO? © SolarWinds Inc.
  16. 16. Capacity Symptoms  Application owners complaining about performance?  Need to stop the finger pointing?  Need to show the health of your infrastructure?
  17. 17. Capacity Best PracticesCapacity Planning andBudgeting » Understand when you will run out of resources and when you need to buy more » Understand how many workloads you can fit » Understand if application requests can be supported
  18. 18. The Journey to ChargebackWalk the Path – “Showback” » Measure, Map & Report • Map the VI to the Business – Measure Virtual Environment Usage » Understand what the business is using » Understand internal costs • Provide Transparency to the Business » Reports, Trends, Dashboards, Integration
  19. 19. The Journey to ChargebackWalk the Path - MultipleChargeback Models » Fixed • Flat fee Per VM; Application Aware » Allocated • Size of VM; Application Aware » Used • Consumption » Combination
  20. 20. Private Cloud Operations and Management Private Cloud Analytics Self Engine: Performance & Capacity Intelligence Service Portal Customer Logical Provisioning / Workflow Physical Hardware Provisioning Focus – Providing the required analytics to enable predictable performance and capacity in virtualized and private cloud environments.
  21. 21. Demo
  22. 22. Q&A
  23. 23. Thank You For AttendingTo learn more or to download free 30-daytrials of SolarWinds products