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Cloud as a Service: A Powerful New Cloud Management Platform


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Shouldn't your Cloud Management Platform be offered as a service? Cloud as a service (CaaS) from Column IT runs on the flagship BMC solution—BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management. View this presentation to learn how CLM delivered in a SaaS model delivers fast deployment time, cloud simplicity, and cost-effectiveness. You’ll also see how CaaS leverages the power of BMC automation and orchestration to deliver full stack provisioning and multi-tier software deployments with compliance, patching and monitoring—all from a single portal request.

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Cloud as a Service: A Powerful New Cloud Management Platform

  1. 1. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc1 David Savino Column Technologies Cloud as a Service … CLM made simple
  2. 2. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc2 David Savino, CTO Column Technologies 15 October 2014 Cloud as a Service … CLM made simple
  3. 3. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc3 Agenda 1. The Cloud Management Platform and CLM > Powerful capabilities 2. Introducing Cloud as a Service > CaaS Enablers and Solution Architecture 3. Provisioning Up the Stack > Move beyond Virtual Servers with Automation and Orchestration 4. Customer Feedback and Solution Success > Leveraging Rich Content and CLM 4.x Features
  4. 4. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc4 The Cloud Management Platform Harnessing the power of a CMP and tackling the related Operational Challenges
  5. 5. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc5 BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management - Components • BMC’s flagship product, CLM, brings together best in class data center management tools in one powerful suite (since 2010): – BladeLogic for Server Automation • Provisioning, configuration, patching and compliance, audit, software installation – BladeLogic for Network Automation • IPAM, VLAN management, virtual Load Balancers and Firewalls, NAT, ACLs – Atrium Orchestrator • Integration with server management tools, DNS, AD – Remedy SRM and CMDB • Unified user portal, request tracking, approvals, CI relationships, service model – Platform Manager (unique to CLM) ties everything together
  6. 6. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc6 BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management - Up the Stack CLM provides more than simple OS provisioning. Our focus is on “up the stack” operations, as they bring the most value after virtualization. OS centric Operations… • Provision a server • Start / Stop / Quiesce • Change RAM / CPU • Add / Expand disk • RPD / telnet / ssh • Snapshot / Revert • Decommission “Up the Stack” Operations… • Audit, compliance and remediation • Install / Remove software • Patch and verify • Join domain / AD / DNS / DHCP • Install and Register anti-virus, Backup, Discovery, Monitoring • Security policies and profiles
  7. 7. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc7 BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management - Multi-Cloud Ready CLM can provision locally (private cloud) … or to popular public cloud providers … or to any public or private cloud using the vCloud API
  8. 8. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc8 This allows you, the customer, to act as your own cloud broker
  9. 9. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc9 BMC CLM 4.x – Other Features We’re Excited About CLM 4.x delivers powerful new capabilities that our customers have been asking for … • Auto-scaling of individual VM resources, based on distinct policies • Improved tenant management, including user quotas • Service Health History and Monitoring • Enhanced Blueprints • Easy On-Boarding of any cloud provider using vCloud Director API • Open Stack integration enhancements • AWS enhancements – more supported services • Single Cloud Database architecture (skinny version of CMDB)
  10. 10. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc10 Introducing Cloud as a Service CaaS enablers and solution archticture
  11. 11. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc11 Introducing Cloud as a Service – Built on CLM 4 Cloud as a Service (CaaS) allows customers to leverage all the power of CLM without having to install or manage the CLM application stack. CaaS uses the customer’s own resources (hypervisor, storage, network), but the “command and control” lives in our secure data center.
  12. 12. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc12 Cloud as a Service – How it works Provider Site Site-to-Site VPN Web ITSM Platform Manager Cloud Database Network Automation Server Automation Workflow Automation https portal Provider Site: Full CLM capability, Managed by Column Technologies Our Mediation Device Is secure and easy to monitor Mediation Device Hypervisor Virtual Machines DNS DHCPAD Secure VPN: A single connection to the customer environment Public Cloud Enabled: Manage private AND public cloud Resources in one portal CaaS is the only feasible way to deliver CLM “as a Service” Client Site: Access to CLM portal, all VMs and software deployed to the customer data center.
  13. 13. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc13 Provisioning Up the Stack Move beyond simple OS provisioning with powerful Automation and Orchestration
  14. 14. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc14 CaaS and “Up the Stack” Provisioning IT: “We can provision a complete server in 30 minutes.” Business: “Our request process alone takes 48 hours” Security: “Server hardening and compliance takes 24 hours” App Group: “Software installs take 3 to 5 days” End User: “I can’t get a Dev/Test software instance deployed in less than 2 weeks” Self Service Request & Change Basic Server and OS setup Up the stack Application & Content Integrations, post provisioning actions Hypervisor sweet spot CaaS Process Automation To do this with VMWare, you’ll need… • vCAC (was vCloud Director) • vCloud App Director • vCloud Orchestrator • vCenter Configuraton Manager …with lots of time and skills Perception is reality…
  15. 15. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc15 Automate / Orchestrate With pre-built automation and orchestration, CaaS customers can eliminate manual execution and coordination of tasks… • Increase accuracy • Decrease manual effort • Compress delivery time
  16. 16. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc16 • Service Catalog of offerings • Unique offerings per customer • Custom approval process + Audit • Visible request lifecycle • Relevant (proactive) notifications Request – Self Service governed by a process • Third major update of the CLM Portal • New HTML 5 Portal coming soon!
  17. 17. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc17 Deploy – Smart Provisioning with flexibility • Admin view of tasks / work orders • BNA handles complex network deployment options – pick a VLAN, virtual load balancers, firewall rules, IPAM, DNS, DHCP • Compliance is a BladeLogic strength • Software pre-requisites are installed and validated using BSA • Software (and OS) images are stored locally for quick installs
  18. 18. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc18 Jump Start Application Deployment with our Catalog
  19. 19. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc19 Configure – Rapid Integration and Validation • Each customer can have unique compliance rules • The Integrations Framework allows customers to connect to their own internal server management systems • Column has created many security profiles and enforcement rules • Remediation is directly linked to BladeLogic compliance Put an end to template sprawl
  20. 20. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc20 Closure – Verify completeness and deployment success • Immediately transition to operational management • Subsequent requests for existing VMs are also handled in the portal • Informative notifications • Email Requester “Your server named MadMax with IP address is ready”. • Email Server and Network Admins • Update CMDB • Update server configuration doc • Update tenant capacity profile • Create transaction record • Update billing info
  21. 21. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc21 Just some fancy CLM development? In addition to the ability to deploy directly to your local data center with rich content, CaaS contains two game changing frameworks… Data Framework - centralizes all key data elements for ease of access and reporting: • Requester and Approver • Service Request • Service Catalog Item • Service Offering instance • Servers and Server details • Networking details • Transaction details Integrations Framework – leverages the data framework and prebuilt orchestration: • Connects the VM to backend server management systems • Registers the VM • Updates AD, DNS, firewalls, load balancers • Notifies appropriate personnel • Ready for use …
  22. 22. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc22 A system of indentical platforms, operating in a common model • Global Platform, operated 24x7, will ALL instances having the same structural configuration. • Upgrades, additional content, new capabilities, are tested and added to all platforms at the same time. • Meaning ONE conceptual platform to support
  23. 23. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc23 Why Customers Love it …  pay as you go  12 month plan  per concurrent server Cloud as a Service Regular on-premise CLM solution Platform Clone SMART POC Clone / upgrade small large POC with CaaS up and running in one week including advanced content WYSIWYG, fixed price, fixed time, with content Rapid migration Tested, integrated, with additional functionality, ready to use from day 1 with use-cases from POC and/or CaaS
  24. 24. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc24 Why Customers Love it … • Customers looking at private/hybrid cloud solutions typically want: – Try before you buy (See-Try-Buy) – Up and running quickly with rich content – Nothing to install, maintain, operate (true SaaS) – NO CUSTOMIZATIONS – Intuitive, easy to use, simple to operate – “All included” pricing, based on consumption – Limited commitment; flexibility (get in, get out) – Additional options as adoption matures FastSimple Cost Effective
  25. 25. © Copyright 2/24/2015 BMC Software, Inc25 Thank You.