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4 Steps to Selecting a Hybrid Cloud Management System

zz4 Steps to Selecting a Hybrid Cloud Management SystemDifferent management needs can and will surface at different phases in your hybrid cloud journey, and it can be easy to attempt to satisfy these requirements through the purchase of individual “tools.” But because there is a large amount of interaction and inter-dependency between them, starting with any standalone tool is not recommended. What’s needed is an integrated management system. One that's extensible so you can simplify your cloud journey.

Doing this allows your users to still use the tools they require to do their job, but by integrating them together into a management framework helps not only your speed and agility as you scale your environment, but provides you with the over-arching governance and reporting that you require. 

WHY IS THE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THE FIRST STEP?

Not all management features have to be implemented at once; it makes more sense to implement them as you need depending on where you are with your hybrid cloud adoption.

  <-- Low                Virtualization Adoption / Cloud Readiness             High -->
         

Typical issues
to be addressed

  • Consolidation Planning
  • Inventory Mgmt
  • Virtual sprawl
  • Optimization
  • Change & Configuration Mgmt
  • Virtual Stall
  • Service Request Mgmt
  • Cost Modeling Process
  • Standardization
  • Collaboration Auditability
  • Hybrid Environments
  • Cloud Modeling

Management Features needed to address them

  • VM Discovery
  • Inventory Mgmt and
    Monitoring System
  • Capacity and performance Mgmt
  • Configuration and Change Mgmt
  • Lifecycle Mgmt
  • Lifecycle Automation
  • IT Costing
  • Self Service
  • Automated Workflow


But using standalone tools to address the needs is not recommended, they have to be part of an integrated solution. This helps your speed and agility as you scale your environment by limiting additional complexity of integrating tools on your own.

Automation is especially critical when it comes to cloud infrastructures. Unfortunately, it is frequently viewed as requiring significant resources, both in terms of costs and also in the efforts needed to customize, implement, and maintain, with larger organizations having become wary of these types of initiatives, and midsize organizations tending to avoid them completely.

But it’s important to note that not all virtualization automation systems need this heavy lifting. Some, like Embotics vCommander, implement in an afternoon without the need for implementation teams, and can implement layers of automation through simple point and click methodology. Don’t allow the reputation of long and painful implementations prevent you from taking advantage of this crucial capability.

Implementing an integrated management system will enable you to:

  • See all the various dimensions of the infrastructure from a single pane of glass
  • Automate routine tasks
  • Implement and standardize repeatable processes
  • Identify roadblocks and inconsistencies
  • Understand growth patterns and their impact on the business
  • And most importantly—prioritize your next step, and the step after that.

Selecting a Hybrid Cloud Management System

Now that you know what you need to get to a hybrid cloud infrastructure, it’s important to select the right management vendor for your journey. Some best practices to follow when selecting a vendor include:
  1. A complete and fully integrated product

    The virtual data center is complex, but by selecting a management system that has all of the core management functionality you need, integrated within a single architecture and managed through a single pane of glass, you will be better positioned to deal with this complexity. An integrated system not only eliminates the need to learn, operate, and integrate disparate products and point tools, but it also allows you to build momentum quickly by identifying and prioritizing problem areas, and then using the appropriate capability or feature, eliminate them.

  2. Intuitive user management interface

    Frequently, the number one issue identified when IT professionals are surveyed about cloud infrastructure challenges is the ability to scale with limited IT staff and resources. IT administration teams are universally overloaded, and have limited cycles available. In addition, more and more stakeholders are getting involved in the virtual environments, and as the path to the private cloud continues, different classes of individuals (e.g. support staff, managers, developers, business teams) will need to interface with the cloud management system.

    For these reasons, look for vendors that provide easy-to-use and highly intuitive user interfaces. The faster your team members can get up and running on the new management system, the more momentum you will be able to generate in your private cloud initiative.

  3. Integrated best practices, workflow and automation

    Process change, best practice implementation, automation, and standardization are going to be key elements in this journey. In addition to the standard management disciplines, look for a management vendor that provides integrated, policy-based automation, as well as built-in best practices. This doesn’t have to be a significant implementation and customization project. Look for products that provide workflow and automation in an easy-to-use format—you’ll be glad you did.

  4. Open and Extensible Architecture

    A final but essential element to look for in a management system vendor is the ability to integrate the virtualization management system with other enterprise frameworks and management systems. As you prioritize your challenges and start solving them, it is inevitable that some of the process and procedural changes you will want to implement will involve integration with other enterprise systems. The easier the integration, the quicker the implementation, and thus the greater the levels of control.

Summary

Getting to the cloud takes an acknowledgement of the complexities involved, a willingness to proceed, some upfront planning, adherence to best practices, and a fully integrated management system to ensure you get there. To see if vCommander meets all your needs for a hybrid cloud management system, and how easy it is to implement and start realizing value from your cloud, schedule a demo now.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud Cloud Management