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Five elements of successful self-service infrastructure with IaaS cloud



Moving from manual infrastructure provisioning processes to self-service IaaS enables IT to deliver infrastructure to the business in minutes for faster response to needs at a lower operating cost.  Enabling self-service aspects for private cloud can remove bottlenecks and errors that not only weigh down your staff and budget but also can push internal teams to look to shadow IT cloud providers that may be riskier for them to use without your guidance and expertise.

Five elements of a successful self-service IaaS cloud

As you look to transition to self-service IaaS for your organization, consider enabling these 5 key elements.  They will help ensure success and prevent gaps in meeting different needs that can prevent you from achieving the boost desired for the business:

  1. Easy-to-use self-service marketplace portal that lets you publish, consume, and manage a full range of infrastructure services. This includes the ability for your users to manage the lifecycle of their services—from provisioning to monitoring and retirement—and may extend to enabling some service customization for certain types of users and infrastructure services.
  2. Service access and operational security that integrates with your existing security investments to make sure different infrastructure services are accessed and managed by the right users and that their ongoing operations are secure and resilient. These capabilities should address the guidelines and recommendations of key security standards such as those from the Cloud Security Alliance. Directory integration with security group, project and role-based management as well as encryption key management are some of the capabilities that should be evaluated and enabled.
  3. Support for both cloud native apps and traditional apps moved to the cloud so both types of apps can have development and deployment accelerated. This may also mean updating your infrastructure itself to include the right mix of compute, storage and networking – such as new composable infrastructurethat can be re-configured and re-used in a private cloud to meet the different app needs, whether virtual or physical, without long build and provisioning cycles.
  4. Support for a wide range of operating systems, tools, hypervisors, new containers and open source technologies to enable you to meet diverse application requirements and developer innovation preferences and needs. This should also ensure you have the flexibility and control you need to deliver your infrastructure services to meet different testing and production needs and utilize existing investments including support for multiple storage, compute, networking, and pubic cloud vendors.
  5. Scalability to support needs today and tomorrow as your business grows and development and use accelerates with self-service processes.


Putting self-service provisioning to work

Customers such as Northern Ireland Civil Service have made the move to self-service provisioning using private cloud solutions like HPE Helion CloudSystem.  They have seen the benefits of reduced costs, IT resources freed for higher-value projects, and the ability to scale up on demand and cope with seasonal peaks that moving to automated infrastructure delivery can bring.  Solutions like Helion CloudSystem can help you quickly transition to self-service IaaS by providing all the needed capabilities in a pre-configured software and hardware solution or appliance-based software to leverage your existing hardware resources. Helion CloudSystem is built on the enterprise-grade OpenStack technology foundation of HPE Helion OpenStack®. Take advantage of the 90-day evaluation software to try out the self-service provisioning capabilities for your needs. The recently announced HPE Helion OpenStack 3.0 has several enhancements that will help customers bring OpenStack technology into production in their environment with a powerful self-service provisioning experience.

Self-service IaaS provisioning boosts key business drivers

The implementation of automated self-service processes enables IaaS cloud technologies to do a lot of the heavy lifting for your team—at a much faster pace. It can boost key business drivers such as accelerating testing and development cycles so you can innovate faster including enabling developers to do more real-world production environment testing themselves. Deployment of new innovative services with a high quality experience to your customers can also be accelerated to as you cut days, weeks and months of wait time out of the operations production process with automated and standardized configurations for each service.  There are also the benefits of reduced IT management burden and development costs as the automation frees staff from low value manual configuration and deployment tasks, such as VM vending and scaling, to focus on higher value service innovation and performance projects.

For more information and resources on enabling IaaS for your organization, explore the rapid infrastructure provisioning use case site and check out the short how to video for other capabilities to consider.


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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