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Five capabilities to integrate capacity management for your private/hybrid cloud and boost results



Enterprises who have made the move to cloud—or who are looking to add cloud to their data center operations—need cloud management tools that will enable them to integrate management across all layers of their private or hybrid cloud stacks from the infrastructure to the services. This is critical if enterprise IT is to ensure that cloud lives up to its promises of meeting SLAs, policies and changing demand. Many organizations lack the integrated cloud management maturity to handle these challenges with tools such as SLA monitoring, a unified self-service catalog, dynamic capacity management, usage based cost analysis, or integrated automation and orchestration across the full stack.   Without these integrated management tools, it is nearly an impossible task for IT to be able to optimize and ensure the benefits are delivered to their business consumers from the cloud environment across all the layers of physical, virtual and internal and external service abstraction.


Getting a handle on both capacity management and services cost visibility are key enablers to optimize your private and public cloud resources.  The right cloud management tools allow you the ability to manage down through the hybrid cloud stack layers, from the services to the infrastructure. Five key advanced capabilities you should consider adding to your cloud management toolset include:

  1. Right-sizing of VMs which maximizes utilization by suggesting how VMs can be properly sized to be more capacity efficient based on historical resource usage trends and available capacity. Solutions like HPE Helion Cloud Suite provide this with the included HPE Cloud Optimizer tool— and its integration with HPE Cloud Service Automation—enabling cloud consumers to use these recommendations, releasing unused resources to reduce cost and free capacity.
  2. Optimized VM placement capabilities that provide recommendations for where new VMs can be provisioned in the private or hybrid cloud environment based on dynamic analysis of usage trends and available capacity. Supporting a variety of hypervisors and cloud environments with this capability will be important to support those already in your private or hybrid cloud environment and those you may add as it matures. This capability should also be implemented with APIs that allow the best-fit recommendations to be integrated with the automation and orchestration products in your cloud management toolset to dynamically optimize your environment.
  3. Advanced capacity modeling that enables you to plan for future private or hybrid cloud growth using historical data and prediction functionality for both short and long-term projections of when private or hybrid cloud capacity thresholds will be exceeded. The HPE Cloud Optimizer management tool in HPE Helion Cloud Suite provides this with forecast reports that help identify days to capacity based on historical consumption data. It also provides what-if modeling to simulate planned future workloads to help manage virtual capacity needs.
  4. Network capacity analysis that help you answer the hard questions about who or what is consuming your network bandwidth capacity and where you might be over or undersubscribed. This often overlooked cloud management capability is essential to helping you optimize your network capacity and performance and manage the network configurations to meet current and future needs.  A tool like HPE Intelligent Management Center is essential for this as it provides deeper and more actionable performance analytics with uniform visibility and management of wired, wireless, physical, and virtual networking resources, services, and users. It consolidates a host of traditionally separate management tools, including those for managing network infrastructure, network services, and network users. It supports the management of all HPE Networking equipment as well as over 7,000+ third-party resources from a variety of vendors.
  5. Services cost visibility to provide rich pricing functionality alongside chargeback and showback capabilities for the line of business users. This capability complements capacity management and planning, offering a host of benefits, which include: the enablement of more efficient usage and placement decisions as IT and business consumers can see the full real cost of their cloud services; better right-sizing of over-provisioned services to reduce costs; making de-commissioning services a priority; and allowing the comparison of different cost options.  Integrating these all cloud management services cost capabilities together enables true financial visibility.  An example of this capability is the integration of HPE Cloud Optimizer with HPE IT Business Analytics and HPE Cloud Service Automation, all in the HPE Helion Cloud Suite, so cloud consumers and their organizations can generate resource utilization metering and billing statements needed for better cost—and related capacity—behaviors.


Real-world examples have shown that adding these cloud management capabilities can boost productivity and increase customer satisfaction by delivering faster response to private or hybrid cloud capacity and service demands. Service costs can be reduced by as much 40%, freeing up your budget for investments in new innovations and allowing your enterprise to be more competitive.


Delivering better business outcomes

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has helped customers all over the world boost the benefits from their complex cloud environments with more simplified, integrated operations. Server Cloud Canada (SCC) is a cloud services provider, specializing in turnkey infrastructure solutions that help companies of all sizes effectively and efficiently transition to a private cloud-based infrastructure. HPE helped SCC simply and quickly scale up centralized cloud management that talks to everything from absorbing optimized hardware all the way up to the software and services layer. The centralized management delivered the optimization they needed to improve cloud operations and improve service delivery to their customers.  They now have a cloud infrastructure that is 93% faster and have reduced costs for their customers by up to 40%.  Integrating their cloud operations to get the capacity management and services cost visibility they and their customers required delivered the better business outcomes SCC was looking for.


Recommended Resources:

For more information and resources on harnessing the cloud for your enterprise applications, explore the integrate cloud operations use case site.


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About the Author


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