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Designing a management-friendly private cloud


Guest Post: Deborah Martin,  Solutions Marketing, HP Helion


Designing your first private cloud can be difficult enough to ensure you have optimized the hardware and software components to meet your different workload needs and use cases. Add in OpenStack technology requirements to enable innovation flexibility and workload portability, and just getting your cloud deployed and to a production operating state can be daunting.  But what about three to six months after deployment and the ongoing management of that cloud from software to hardware?  How do you ensure that you can optimize not only the efficiencies in provisioning processes but also management processes to keep your staff lean, mean and focused on the innovation you designed the cloud to enable?


As you evaluate your first private cloud solutions, or build your own, here are four key points to consider to ensure they are management-friendly as well as deployment-friendly:


  1. Common integrated hardware platform architecture - look for a hardware stack across compute and storage that provides this to simplify support, administration, updates, and maintenance as it will reduce the time and costs spent on management tasks for a lower TCO. A single tool should be able to update and manage all servers throughout their lifecycle from initial deployment through ongoing management to service alerting with API interfaces to let you easily integrate with your existing management tools to further simplify cloud management and reduce your costs.  
  2. Cloud software that simplifies regular updates, patches and releases - especially in the case of OpenStack clouds, this is essential to ensure you don’t have the added management time and headaches of researching, downloading and testing updates, patches and service releases to keep your cloud at needed performance levels.
  3. Integration between IaaS and PaaS – built-in integration here enables admins to deploy and manage development environments from the same console they use to manage their OpenStack cloud infrastructure. It can also save significant amounts of time by automating common points and tasks between developers and admins. 
  4. Compute and storage workload flexibility with the flexibility to meet the common requirements and performance needs for today’s application development such as high transactions, low-latency, and compute intensity in addition to high-density. This means you also won’t have many of the management headaches, and costs, of trying to make the many tuning adjustments learned over time usually required to get the cloud infrastructure capabilities to support different workload needs. 


Related Links:

  • Learn more about how HP Helion OpenStack can make managing your OpenStack cloud easier in our how to demos
  • Learn how the HP Helion Rack solution can help you deliver a management-friendly OpenStack cloud for cloud-native app development in the technical white paper


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I manage the HPE Helion social media and website teams promoting the enterprise cloud solutions at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds. I was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, I founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow me at @SpectorID

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