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  • 1. Virtualization M uch has been said about the role of cloud computing in the future of IT. Public, private, hybrid, and community clouds merge together into a utopian future of seamless, unending capacity and unparalleled customer service. Although such a goal helps focus activity, IT leaders today recognize that this end is easier described than built. Still, in the short term, there are real and tangible cost and flexibility benefits that can be reached with cloud computing. Defining the cloud A brief definition helps frame the challenge: a cloud is a pool of resources from which users can request a service to be automatically and rapidly provisioned for their needs. The abstraction layer of cloud management obscures the location, hardware, and sometimes even size of that resource from end users, Successful liftoff: providing the service without the burden of managing systems. Meanwhile, on the back end, a cloud should be intelligent enough to optimize the use Achieving cloud of the underlying hardware for cost savings, flexible enough to reallocate resources to meet service-level computing in the agreements, and (in some cases) elastic enough to seek resources from third-party clouds when needed. enterprise That’s a lot to ask from an IT environment that, until very recently, sat in one spot and ran a single OS and workload day in and day out. Of course, there are By Lilac Schoenbeck a whole range of IT components that come into play with cloud computing. Dell offers different solutions that facilitate the data center transformation and help IT organizations Deploying BMC®Cloud Lifecycle Management on a build optimized data centers and cloud computing foundation of Dell™ servers, storage, and switches can environments. For mainstream customers, Dell offers help organizations create dynamic cloud computing the Virtual Integrated System, an architecture that enables rapid resource deployment and on-demand environments designed for flexible, on-demand delivery and management of services. And for large service provisioning and simplified management. enterprise customers with more demanding IT challenges, Dell has partnered with BMC to provide dynamic cloud management solutions using BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management deployed on Dell PowerEdge™ servers, Dell EqualLogic™ storage, and Dell PowerConnect™ switches. A discussion of the cloud necessarily begins with the servers: without scalable processing power, there is no cloud. Dell PowerEdge servers provide a scalable, manageable, and flexible foundation to the cloud architecture. 60 2010 Issue 03 | dell.com/powersolutions Reprinted from Dell Power Solutions, 2010 Issue 3. Copyright © 2010 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 2. The servers must in turn be augmented by Controlling the cloud life cycle storage, because the data and virtual machines Cited for its business service management in the cloud must be stored somewhere. leadership,1 BMC Software provides a Storage is often an afterthought of the cloud comprehensive and unified platform designed to architecture, which can be dangerous given that simultaneously optimize IT costs, demonstrate the portability of the workload is often strongly transparency, increase business value, control tied to the portability of the data. Provisioning risk, and ensure quality of service. BMC a cloud service requires provisioning storage brings together the benefits of traditional IT Unified alongside it, and ensuring that this storage is as management—including operational excellence, management well managed as the services it supports. The automation, and service delivery models—and In this video, BMC CIO Mark simplified storage management and seamless merges them with the dynamic potential of Settle discusses why unified expansion features of Dell EqualLogic PS Series cloud architectures. management is critical to securing the benefits of cloud Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network (SAN) BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management knits computing. arrays enable scalable performance and reliability together the various cloud component resources bmc.com/videos/94779114.html as the cloud grows. and provides the foundation for a strong, flexible, Networks are the connective tissue of and valuable cloud infrastructure that supports a cloud. Often a bottleneck, bandwidth to IT operations and delivers exceptional service the cloud and between elements in the quality (see Figure 1). It provides an operational cloud must be allocated and prioritized so model for the life cycle of private cloud resources that it doesn’t become a constraint on the and the utilization of public clouds in a hybrid flexibility and elasticity of the environment. model. Each resource in the environment goes Allocated network resources are often also through a life cycle that, when defined and the location of security measures, so the appropriately automated, provides a seamless and proper translation of isolation requirements predictable model for both IT departments and into the cloud architecture is critical to the organization as a whole. helping ensure that security is maintained or enhanced as workloads move to the cloud. Dell PowerConnect managed switches provide End Service request user a high-performance and secure foundation Self-service for networking the components in the cloud portal infrastructure. On top of that foundation, Service BMC BladeLogic® Network Automation catalog enables dynamic configuration change to Service request management Public VM VM VM meet the changing needs of the cloud. cloud (automated) Configuration Once the physical components have come management Virtual system (CMS) machines together, additional components layer on or CMDB top: hypervisors, operating systems for each Service Orchestration cloud service, and the stack of middleware and retirement and provisioning Network applications that comprise the service most tangible to the customer or internal group. For users of the service, the cloud need only Physical Storage servers display the highest layers of the stack. For IT Applications departments, however, the full complement of pieces must come together to deliver the value of Operations and governance cloud efficiently and economically. Performance Compliance Financial management management management 1 “TheIT Management Software Megavendors,” by Jean-Pierre Garbani and Peter O’Neill, Forrester Research, Inc., August 12, 2009. Figure 1. BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management operational model Reprinted from Dell Power Solutions, 2010 Issue 3. Copyright © 2010 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. dell.com/powersolutions | 2010 Issue 03 61
  • 3. Virtualization Customizable Server instances dashboard for filter events and alerts Figure 2. BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management Existing user self-service portal instances Request for new server instance Customizable “quick pick” list Server instance details The platform comprises six key and the appearance of the organization— administrators to maintain tight control functions: a self-service portal, a service helping dramatically simplify the end over the cloud environment and the catalog, flexible provisioning, closed-loop user’s interaction with the cloud. As users services deployed. compliance, decommissioning, and hybrid become increasingly sophisticated (and Based on the BMC Atrium® cloud operations. service offerings become more complex), configuration management database the self-service portal can continue (CMDB), the service catalog not only Self-service portal to address the needs of research and offers new service instances that users The most visible user-facing part of the development, software development, can select from the portal; it also cloud computing environment is the application deployment, and even internal represents the authoritative record of the self-service portal (see Figure 2). Through business customers. functional components that make up that the intuitive Web browser–based interface service, from servers and storage to OS of BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management, Service catalog and application binaries and licenses to end users can manage the services they Behind the self-service portal lies a service the IT resources needed to maintain the have requested from the cloud, including catalog, which acts as a listing of the service in production. For example, as IT turning them on or off and requesting services and options available to users of staff install new servers and storage and additional time or resources. Built on the cloud. Ranging from resource profiles to publish those resources to the catalog, the BMC Remedy® Action Request operating systems to full listings of available they are automatically factored into the System™ platform, the self-service portal applications, this catalog controls what model of capabilities that may be made is designed to be inherently multi-tenant, appears to each user in the self-service available to users. scalable, and secure. portal. Behind the scenes, the service From this portal, users can also request catalog also captures the intelligence and Flexible provisioning new services through a simple wizard that processes to be followed to implement the To help maximize the flexibility of the exposes specific options that are available operating systems and applications in an service stacks for users, BMC Cloud to that user based on his or her role in the automated fashion. Lifecycle Management supports a versatile organization. Options range from different The service catalog is a major source underlying provisioning capability. resource sizes, service tiers, and operating of flexibility and control in the cloud Traditional virtualization provisioning is systems through application stacks and environment. The many combinations image based, requiring IT staff to either higher-level services, such as compliance available from the service catalog represent restrictively standardize on a very small set and monitoring. a diverse and vast set of configurations to of images or, alternatively, manage a library The portal provides an approachable help meet a user’s specific needs. But the of hundreds of unique images. The BMC front end to the cloud environment, constraints, role-based access, and policies Cloud Lifecycle Management approach is customized for both the functionality reflected in the catalog enable the cloud one of controlled customization, delivering 62 2010 Issue 03 | dell.com/powersolutions Reprinted from Dell Power Solutions, 2010 Issue 3. Copyright © 2010 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 4. flexibility for end users within the constraints the physical to the virtual and even to the are proliferating, offering an array of designed by IT departments. public cloud. It stands to reason, then, that options for enterprises looking to extend Beginning with the physical resources and clouds should be managed through the the scale of their IT operations—whether the OS and climbing up the stack through same rigorous approaches that have grown temporarily or permanently—with external middleware and applications, the provisioning from years of investment and experience resources. Critical to using those resources, capability can even layer compliance rules in IT management. The CMDB should however, is a management model that can and monitoring tools into each service track cloud services just as it tracks other integrate the services seamlessly into the delivered. The physical foundations—Dell items. And perhaps most important, change organization’s environment. PowerEdge servers—can be provisioned management and compliance should be BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management rapidly and securely using BMC BladeLogic applied just as thoroughly in the cloud as on enables IT departments to take advantage of Server Automation integration with the Dell other systems. public cloud resources, like those of Amazon’s Lifecycle Controller. In cloud environments, As dynamic as the cloud environment Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service, from this integration enables the newly provisioned is, change management can be challenging within the same self-service portal as the servers to be inventoried and accounted for IT administrators. Inventories and private cloud resources. Regardless of for in the service catalog before the server lists are difficult to maintain in a world of whether the ultimate destination of their is even powered up. Upcoming integration shifting workloads and newly provisioned cloud service is made clear to end users, with Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager services. Closed-loop compliance— or whether provisioning decisions are (AIM) is expected to provide a unified, logical for both configuration and regulatory automated on the back end, this capability abstraction of the disparate components reasons—helps ensure that a change is enables great flexibility for enterprises in the cloud infrastructure, so they can be identified, a remediation is enacted, and seeking to efficiently meet demand. organized into flexible resource pools to be the result is confirmed. This automation is dynamically allocated, and re-allocated, to accomplished through BMC BladeLogic Building robust, flexible meet the desired availability and capacity Server Automation Suite, which integrates environments metrics of the services offered by the cloud. with the Dell Lifecycle Controller in With comprehensive life cycle automation These resource pools represent the core PowerEdge servers. and customizable components, building blocks of the cloud. BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management BMC BladeLogic Server Automation Decommissioning enables IT organizations to build cloud manages change in the cloud. As new Cloud services are designed to be transient. environments that are robust and flexible. capacity is requested, BMC BladeLogic Easy to request and provision, they can Leveraging underlying resources from Server Automation works with Dell AIM be instantiated for hours or days and then Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell EqualLogic to draw from the resource pools and to retired, freeing the resources for the next iSCSI SAN arrays, and Dell PowerConnect instantiate virtual machines, provision user. The retirement of resources is a critical switches, an enterprise cloud can help to applications, and help ensure that the part of that cycle. significantly lower administrative burdens, appropriate security, compliance, and BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management reduce costs, and ultimately deliver the governance constraints are enforced automates this step on a calendar and helps greatest value to the business: excellent on an ongoing basis within these virtual ensure that cloud services aren’t simply customer satisfaction. machines. Backed by the robust service neglected in the environment, taking up catalog, automation capability, and role- costly resources and delivering no value. Lilac Schoenbeck is senior manager of based access controls, this provisioning Instead, on a schedule, cloud users are product marketing for cloud computing approach helps give users precisely the prompted to decommission or extend their at BMC Software. stack they require while maintaining the services, helping ensure that the life cycle tight controls necessary to manage a continues seamlessly. Learn more complex IT environment. Hybrid cloud operations Dell cloud computing: dell.com/cloud Closed-loop compliance One of the primary values of the cloud Clouds are not islands in the data center. architecture is its elasticity and scalability, Rather, a cloud should be a component even beyond the organization’s data BMC cloud computing: bmc.com/cloud of a broad array of infrastructure, from center. Public cloud service providers Reprinted from Dell Power Solutions, 2010 Issue 3. Copyright © 2010 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. dell.com/powersolutions | 2010 Issue 03 63