Leveraging Cloud                                                    Computing Flexibility                                 ...
Our World         Lots to Manage        •      2 Data Centers        •      100s of Circuits        •      1,000s of Serve...
Critical Systems         Variety of Needs         •       Administration                                                  ...
Our Private Cloud          • 23 Physical Servers                                               • OT Private Cloud         ...
Leveraging Our Cloud         Gaining Value         • Pace                   • We increased the pace of development        ...
Pace         Saving Time         • “Copy and Paste”         • Pre-release                   •      Test new versions on ex...
Total Cost of Ownership         It’s about saving Money         •       Old TCO                   •      26 Physical Dell ...
Uptime Improved         Our Life Blood         • Server Failure                   • N+1 Hosts mean…                   • Ev...
Performance         “I need more power Scotty”         • Old Days                                                         ...
Green         Saving the Planet & Money         • Power Consumption                   •      300 watts/server             ...
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Leveraging Cloud Computing – A Consolidation Case Study

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Yan Ness of Online Tech presents a slide show on leveraging cloud computing as part of the seminar speaker series, 2 Cloud or Not 2 Cloud: The Business Case for Cloud Computing.

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Leveraging Cloud Computing – A Consolidation Case Study

  1. 1. Leveraging Cloud Computing Flexibility A Real-World Example Yan Ness CEO, Online Tech Colocation Dedicated Servers Private CloudsCopyright © 2011 Online Tech. All rights reserved www.onlinetech.com 734.213.2020
  2. 2. Our World Lots to Manage • 2 Data Centers • 100s of Circuits • 1,000s of Servers • 100s of Network Devices • 100s of racks, cages and private suites • 1,000s of support tickets • Certified and audited processes (SAS70, SSAE16, SOC2 and SOC3) • Employees in 5 locations and 2 countries • All 7x24 mission critical Colocation Dedicated Servers Private CloudsCopyright © 2011 Online Tech. All rights reserved www.onlinetech.com 734.213.2020
  3. 3. Critical Systems Variety of Needs • Administration • Operations • Exchange, Sharepoint, Fileserver, • Bandwidth Management and Billing Domain Controller • Custom centos programs that take data from our routers and populate a MySQL database • Marketing • 5 million records/month • Production and Development website • Patch Management • Load balanced Website • 1,000s of patches a month • Firewall and IDS Management • OTPortal consoles • Client and Intranet Portal • Antivirus Management • Microsoft .net Applications • Server and Cloud Backup Managers • 500 MB database on MS SQL 2008 • SAN and NAS Management Database • Uptime and Performance Monitoring • OTMobile • Lab • Mobile access for our engineers • Sandbox for testing • PHP application Colocation Dedicated Servers Private CloudsCopyright © 2011 Online Tech. All rights reserved www.onlinetech.com 734.213.2020
  4. 4. Our Private Cloud • 23 Physical Servers • OT Private Cloud • 18 Windows, 5 CentOS – 2 Hardware Servers (N+1) • 2xQuad Core CPUs, 48GB RAM servers – 8TB SAN (SATA – RAID 10, 3TB usable) • 4 database servers – HA Configuration • Each ~10% utilized • Automatic Load Balancing Across Hosts • Automatic Failover to Single Server – Continuous Offsite Backup – Warm Site D/R in Ann Arbor • 4 Hour Recovery Time – Fully Tested Colocation Dedicated Servers Private Clouds 4Copyright © 2011 Online Tech. All rights reserved www.onlinetech.com 734.213.2020
  5. 5. Leveraging Our Cloud Gaining Value • Pace • We increased the pace of development • Total Cost of Ownership • We reduced the management costs for our infrastructure • Uptime • Every “server” is redundant • Performance • We improved our ability to respond to performance issues • Green • We dramatically reduced our carbon footprint Colocation Dedicated Servers Private CloudsCopyright © 2011 Online Tech. All rights reserved www.onlinetech.com 734.213.2020
  6. 6. Pace Saving Time • “Copy and Paste” • Pre-release • Test new versions on exact production duplicate • 2 week project done in 1 hour • We now do OTPortal releases every 2 weeks • New time-saving features sooner • Design Feasibility • Create new servers and test concepts using production data • New Technology Used with less risk Colocation Dedicated Servers Private CloudsCopyright © 2011 Online Tech. All rights reserved www.onlinetech.com 734.213.2020
  7. 7. Total Cost of Ownership It’s about saving Money • Old TCO • 26 Physical Dell Servers, variety of specifications, versions, bios, CPU, memory configurations, need lots of different spares • 52 power supplies • 26 Backups, 26 Anti-virus, 26 machines to network and patch • 4 Cisco network switches • 2 racks in the data center • 100+ network cables • Half a dozen power strips • Hours and hours to upgrade disks • Downtime to upgrade memory • Cloud TCO • 2 servers + SAN+2 network switches • 2 power strips • Quarter of a Rack • Obvious • If you Manage IT Equipment you can “Feel the Savings” by seeing this list • Save 50% on Hardware, 90% on Management Colocation Dedicated Servers Private CloudsCopyright © 2011 Online Tech. All rights reserved www.onlinetech.com 734.213.2020
  8. 8. Uptime Improved Our Life Blood • Server Failure • N+1 Hosts mean… • Every virtual server we create is protected from a failed hardware server • Would have required an additional 26 servers! • Upgrades • Memory – upgrade 1 server at a time • Disks – 2 mouse clicks and a reboot • Backup and DR • Single backup process for each host • Backups for every virtual server on all hosts • <4 hour RTO for all 26 servers (75% is for Exchange alone) Colocation Dedicated Servers Private CloudsCopyright © 2011 Online Tech. All rights reserved www.onlinetech.com 734.213.2020
  9. 9. Performance “I need more power Scotty” • Old Days • Cloud Days • Get the right RAM/Disk/CPU (few days?) • Schedule downtime • Schedule downtime (2 day to • Click to add more 1 week notice) RAM/Disk/CPU • Shut down the server • Remove it from the rack • Reboot server • Open server install additional • Test performance resources • 5 minute downtime • Boot server • Test performance – hope we added enough • Entire Cloud • Turn the server back off so we can re-rack it • Upgrade hardware one • Restart the server host at a time • 2 hour downtime • Practically 0 Downtime Colocation Dedicated Servers Private CloudsCopyright © 2011 Online Tech. All rights reserved www.onlinetech.com 734.213.2020
  10. 10. Green Saving the Planet & Money • Power Consumption • 300 watts/server • 100% uptime (365 days * 24 hours) • PUE 1.8 • 1.58 lbs co2/kwhr (Michigan) • 26 Physical servers + network • ~210,269 lbs of co2 per year • ~420,539 lbs of co2 per year for redundancy • Cloud - 2 physical servers + network + SAN • 35 server capacity • ~27,903 lbs co2 per year • ~356,942 miles at 21 mpg / year Colocation Dedicated Servers Private CloudsCopyright © 2011 Online Tech. All rights reserved www.onlinetech.com 734.213.2020

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