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Five cloud ingredients for enterprises to simplify infrastructure service design and management

DeborahL

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It can be hard to keep pace with the rest of your business when you can’t provide the right IT infrastructure quickly enough to meet demand. This is when people in your company start turning to outside vendors and shadow IT. So you’ve decided it’s time to set up a private cloud environment to significantly reduce the time it takes to deploy infrastructure and applications to better meet business expectations. With all the decisions and choices that have to be made, don’t overlook simplifying service design and management processes with your cloud as well. 

 

Simplification pays big in results

Simplification is more than just saving time for IT creating services for their customer base.  It also pays off big with the business results from your private cloud. Cloud management tools that ease service design and management help reduce IT staff time and costs, freeing those resources to focus on more strategic tasks.  Simplifying and automating service design tasks also reduces service configuration errors, which improves production and testing quality while reducing support costs. That standardization and automation also helps maintain security and other enterprise configuration standards.  Simplifying lifecycle service management —for both IT and delegated management of services to the users—further reduces the overall management cost for each service. Resources can be freed up and re-provisioned more quickly, increasing utilization and reducing waste.

 

Five ingredients for simplified cloud service design and management

Simplifying and automating your cloud service design and management requires very specific tools and capabilities, which need to be built-in to the basic infrastructure. Rather than add-on functions, consider evaluating your private cloud management software to include the five basic ingredients below;

  • Drag-and-drop graphical design tool to enable rapid definition and orchestration of sophisticated, portable, multi-tiered cloud services
  • A workflow engine to customize service deployment and configuration, integrate with other systems, and perform lifecycle management operations
  • A modern easy-to-use self-service IT published marketplace portal that consumers can request and manage services through
  • A hybrid cloud management software platform to support public cloud resource providers, in addition to the private cloud that enables enterprise-class service lifecycle management for hybrid cloud services
  • Physical infrastructure service designs and provisioning that can realize a fully functional hybrid infrastructure strategy

 

Putting service design and management to work in your cloud

HPE Helion easy-to-use infrastructure design and deployment tools will get your private cloud started on the right path and have your cloud quickly delivering the service and agility your users are looking for. HPE Helion CloudSystem Enterprise, which includes HPE Cloud Service Automation (CSA), provides both flexibility and control in service design and management. This complete hybrid IT management stack enables you to easily design infrastructure services to support both cloud-native applications and multi-tier architectures for traditional applications. The new topology designer in HPE CSA supports third-party tools like Chef, Puppet, Server Automation and Docker, providing open source, portable, cloud infrastructure services. The HPE CSA graphical service designer simplifies advanced service designs and ensures their portability with TOSCA principles.  It also integrates with the included HPE Operations Orchestration to manage the cloud service lifecycle in heterogeneous environments. HPE Helion CloudSystem Enterprise also integrates with HPE OneView to enable you to easily design and support physical server provisioning.  This hybrid IT management system simplifies managing and designing across complex and changing data center and cloud environments with the flexibility to support multiple hypervisors—including VMware, Red Hat KVM, and Microsoft Hyper-V—as well as manage OpenStack® pools across separate geographies and data centers.

 

HPE Helion CloudSystem Enterprise is based on HPE Helion OpenStack so your IT management foundation is built on portability standards, avoiding vendor lock-in.  The recently announced HPE Helion OpenStack 3.0 includes expanded configurability and deployment options to make infrastructure service and design easier.

 

Bridging the service design and management skills or resources gap

Sometimes implementing a private cloud with simplified service management boils down to the resources you have available and where you want to invest in-house time, energy, and capital. HPE Helion Managed Cloud Services provides you with solutions which are maintained and operated by HPE experts using our standardized best practices, allowing you to focus on running your business versus managing infrastructure services. The HPE Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud platform provides infrastructure services without the cost of owning and managing your own equipment or data center.

 

Simplifying and accelerating in action

COMLINE AG accelerated service delivery times substantially at its data center with HPE Helion CloudSystem and HPE Cloud Service Automation. Productivity at the company has increased by 80 percent due to the self-service portal and high degree of automation from flexible service template management, leading to fewer errors and improved customer service. Their project achieved a return on investment in less than a year. Pretty impressive results.

 

The HPE Helion portfolio can provide a leadership position with your private cloud environment. By accelerating infrastructure deployment by up to 93 percent[1], you can deliver infrastructure in minutes rather than weeks or months, and reduce costs by up to 30 percent[2].

 

For more information and resources on enabling and simplifying IaaS for your organization, explore the rapid infrastructure provisioning use case site and read the use case brief for other capabilities to consider.

 

 

[1] Based on Server Cloud Canada case study

[2] Based on Northern Ireland Civil Service IT, EDF, China Mobile, and HPE IT case studies

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About the Author

DeborahL

Deborah Martin is a cloud enthusiast with over 7 years in creating cloud solutions for multiple industries and business needs. She is part of the HPE Helion team that works to promote and educate on solutions for key business use cases for cloud computing

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