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There's a lot of buzz about the cloud, primarily around business value. But, what about the care and feeding of that private cloud? This presentation explores some of the critical storage processes to ...

There's a lot of buzz about the cloud, primarily around business value. But, what about the care and feeding of that private cloud? This presentation explores some of the critical storage processes to automate to feed that storage-thirsty cloud.

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    Feeding your Storage-Thirsty Cloud Feeding your Storage-Thirsty Cloud Presentation Transcript

    • Feeding Your Storage-Thirsty Cloud Critical Storage Processes to Automate #thirstycloudCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 1
    • Today’s Agenda Reduce storage delivery and request times using storage automation Deliver storage services that can be consumed by cloud orchestration workflow tools Identify top 4 critical storage automation processes needed to feed the thirsty cloud Add service fulfillment flexibility using intelligent storage policies Demonstrate integrated cloud and storage automation solutionCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 2
    • The Driver: Automated Server Provisioning 45 Minutes 8 Minutes SANS 3-5 days Request Approval Network Server Storage Patching Backup Notify Provisioning & App Config Source: Financial Services CompanyCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 3
    • A Deeper View: Manual, Complex, Sequential Processes Network Server Storage Patching/Application Back-up Source: Public Cloud ProviderCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 4
    • CIO Spotlight is Focused on “Storage” SANS 3-5 days • 74% of companies are using cloud services • 28% of organizations are actively implementing or maintaining a cloud computing service • 5.75 million new Servers are installed every year for new online services • 63% of data center staffs are flat or decreasing • 67% companies are using or planning to use cloud-based storage Source: http://www.slideshare.net/Zenoss/100-best-cloud-data-stats-of-2011so-far #thirstycloudCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 5
    • Reducing Storage Request Times Request Backlog Options Available New Cloud Hire Storage Requests Outsource Automate Delegate Service Provider: 2000 servers over 260 days = 8 new requests per dayCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 6
    • Delivering Automated Storage - 5 W’s  Who: Support range of end users – End users, Dev/QA, Cloud Team, Internal IT, DBAs, Projects  What: Catalog of storage services (use cases) to be consumed by cloud provisioning workflow – Provisioning, Workload, Lifecycle, DR, BU  When: Real-time or within maintenance windows fulfillment of “standard” requests  Where: Within the existing storage environment, formal storage procedures and change processes  Why: Storage is now on the critical path of your private cloudCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 7
    • AND Solution Must “Fit” the Cloud Model Multi-Tenant Self-Service Portal Chargeback Automation/Orchestration Services Service Catalog Automated FulfillmentCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 8
    • The Storage Provisioning Process Find Best •Performance Available •Change Approval Provision •User Notification •Capacity Storage •Scheduling Storage •Chargeback •Compatibility •Maint. Windows •Asset Mgmt •Usage Profile •Resource •Data Protection •Tier/ Service Reservation •Storage Provisioning Level •Fabric Configuration •Storage Array Complete Analyze •Host Configuration •Device Group Request Storage •Application •Device Type Approve & Configuration Request •Data Path Schedule #thirstycloudCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 9
    • Storage Automation Components Analyze Find Best Approve & Provision Complete Storage Available Schedule Storage Request Request Storage Service Catalog, Intelligent Storage Services Service Tracking, Services and API Storage Policy Execution Engine Notification and Selection ChargebackCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 10
    • Storage Automation Options/Limitations Storage Cloud Virtualization Limitations • API – offloads to storage vendor • Lack of physical host support • Lack of formal storage execution process Limitations • No end user support • Workflow-driven (time & $) Limitations • Lack of storage expertise • Single vendor/product • Lack of support for policy- based storage automation Custom Solutions • Array only Limitations • No ITSM process integration • Single vendor/product • Ongoing dev/support costs • MC APIs, scripting & plug-ins • Lack of formal storage • Delivery time/tribal • Cloud process understanding execution process knowledge • No end user support • HW/SW/process expertiseCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 11
    • Ideal Storage Automation Solution  Services API/Portal  Service Abstraction  Heterogeneous  Full Storage Process  Role-based Access  Rule-based Policy Control #thirstycloudCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 12
    • Critical Processes for Feeding a Storage Thirsty Cloud 1. Provision Storage and Create Datastore 2. Provision Storage for Virtual Server (RDM) 3. Extend Existing Datastore or Mapped Drive 4. Remove RDM, Data Store and Supporting Storage (BONUS Points) Provision Storage for a Physical ServerCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 13
    • Where Storage Admins Spend Their Time Find Best Available Provision Storage Storage Complete Analyze Request Storage Approve & Request Schedule Typical storage provisioning processes takes 3 – 25 business days in large organizationsCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 14
    • Adding Storage Automation IntelligenceRule-Based Policy Selection Rules-Based Policies InfrastructureStorage  Application & Host • Tier FulfilledRequest Storage Profiles Request – Performance • Capacity – Protection • Tenants  Application Affinity • Protection  Service Levels • Accessibility  CostCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 15
    • Relationship of Policies & Services to Storage Automation Control #thirstycloudCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 16
    • Delivering a Storage to Your Private Cloud Reduce storage delivery and request times using storage automation Deliver storage services that can be consumed by cloud orchestration workflow tools Identify top 4 critical storage automation process needed to feed a thirsty cloud Add service fulfillment flexibility using intelligent storage policiesCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 17
    • Q&A A recorded version of this presentation will be available at: www.iwavesoftware.com or email us: events@iwavesoftware.comNow available: 5 Keys to Delivering Storage-as-a-Service without Losing Control #thirstycloud
    • Integrated Cloud & Storage Automation Demonstration #thirstycloudCopyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 19
    • Copyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved. iWave Software and its symbol are registered trademarks or trademarks of iWave Software. Other company and product names mentioned herein are property of their respective owners. The contents of this publication are subject to change without notification and are the property of and cannot be reproduced without the written permission of iWave Software. The contents of this publication are not a commitment by iWave Software to provide the features and benefits described.Copyright ©2012 iWave Software. All rights reserved 20