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Five key capabilities to optimize performance of your hybrid cloud services

DeborahL

cloud_service_performance.jpgHybrid clouds unlock tremendous new potential for an enterprise. Being able to take advantage of the benefits from both private clouds and public clouds is the best of all worlds. Private clouds can deliver a lower cost for applications that run constantly and also are able to meet special requirements for performance, data security, confidentiality and sovereignty. Public clouds can deliver a lower cost for applications that run occasionally as well as offering instant additional capacity and other capabilities that the private cloud might not offer. However, to get the full benefit of a hybrid cloud, performance optimization is critical to ensure cloud services deliver on application needs, promises to the business and to squeeze the most from your public and private cloud resources.

 

The five key capabilities customers should consider adding to their cloud management toolset to help to meet their SLAs and boost performance are:

 

  • Performance reporting to analyze the impact of changing business conditions on infrastructure performance and utilization metrics. You can correlate business metrics with infrastructure performance and utilization metrics to analyze trends.
  • Performance visualization which provides an intuitive, visual way to quickly identify “hot spots,” including performance, resource utilization and capacity problems.
  • Performance triaging to observe utilization and performance trends over time
  • Performance alerting to detect performance anomalies such as bottlenecks and resource saturation, determine symptom causes, and fix problems before performance deteriorates.
  • Real-time drill down so you can dig deeper into performance aspects of the virtual machine for advanced troubleshooting and identify factors affecting system performance and health. For private cloud this should include being able to drill down from the physical to the logical environment.

 

Ensuring cloud service performance is essential with hybrid cloud environments. The consumers of the services expect their applications to respond quickly and to always be available when needed. The dynamic nature of these hybrid environments makes resolving performance problems very complex. Cloud administrators are now faced with fragmented visibility, inconsistent or poor performance, capacity problems due to misallocation of resources, and an inability to align capacity with business needs. Getting a handle on all aspects of the performance of your hybrid cloud is a key step in delivering the SLA’s and application performance the business requires.

 

HPE offers a complete spectrum of cloud service performance optimization tools that deliver these capabilities. The recently announced HPE Helion Cloud Suite combines a complete set of operations management capabilities, cloud orchestration, big data analytics and service based compliance, enabling enterprises to design, deliver and manage IT services across multi-vendor traditional IT, private, public and managed cloud environments.

 

HPE Cloud Optimizer is included to provide unified capacity and performance management for public and private cloud assets. It can help you optimize your hybrid cloud environment, forecast required capacity, and quickly troubleshoot performance issues. Combined with HPE OneView (below) it lets you effectively drill down through the physical server, server enclosure, guest O/S, hypervisor, VM’s and VM processes. For performance reporting, the Business Metric Analyzer within HPE Cloud Optimizer’s Business Grouping capability allows you to customize the operational view of the virtual infrastructure based on your business applications, services, and lines of business or departments. You can correlate business metrics with infrastructure performance and utilization metrics to analyze trends. Based on this predictive analysis, it also provides appropriate resource configuration recommendations for the virtualized entities in the business group.

 

Adding HPE OneView extends your capabilities beyond virtualized machines and networks, allowing improved performance across all the physical infrastructure resources, with a converged infrastructure management capability that helps prevent and respond quicker to issues. In order to optimize performance of your hybrid cloud, you have to be able to monitor and visualize the physical through the logical environment. HPE Cloud Optimizer integrated with HPE OneView delivers cloud management for the physical through logical analysis that’s needed to manage today’s private cloud and hybrid clouds.

 

HPE IT Business Analytics (formerly Executive Scorecard), included in HPE Helion Cloud Suite, automatically gathers metrics from diverse sources across your IT systems to build key performance indicators. It then consolidates the information, links it to a service hierarchy and presents insights in near real time through business-friendly scorecards and dashboards that help you convey the value of your technology.

 

You can also add HPE Intelligent Management Center (IMC)  to handle the network aspect of performance management to monitor business application health and impact on network performance. It consolidates a host of traditionally separate management tools, including those for managing network infrastructure, network services, and network users so you can leverage all the data for better planning, monitoring, and enhancing of network capabilities and performance. It allows the monitoring and analysis of network performance, monitoring of network events, monitoring and troubleshooting of network faults in real time, sampling and analysis of network-performance data, analysis of data collected from managed devices to measure network-service performance and the collection, filtering, and analysis of device syslog messages.

 

There’s no stopping the evolution of enterprise IT and the data center. Adoption of virtual resources and hybrid cloud environments is the new reality, but with it comes new challenges. With HPE performance optimization tools, you’re ready to meet those challenges head-on and deliver the SLA’s and application performance your customers demand from your cloud services. See how these HPE Cloud Optimizer capabilities can work for you.

 

Recommended Resources:

For more information and resources on mastering your cloud operations and commanding better results with the right control and visibility, explore the integrate cloud operations use case site.

 

Experience the benefits of advanced performance optimization in your cloud environment for free. Download the full version of HPE Cloud Optimizer for a 60-day trial.

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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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