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Embotics Cloud Management Blog

Regaining Control Over Self-Service Provisioning: Part 2

A few weeks ago, we shared a blog discussing best practices to regain control over self-service provisioning. As a quick recap, the post highlighted how regaining control over self-service provisioning means administering the environment in a way that makes it easier to manage resource consumption, while also maintaining a high level of situational awareness over how resources are being used.  While there are three important considerations when regaining control over self-service provisioning – user controls, scalability and virtual machine lifecycle management – part one focused on the user controls aspect, and how enterprise IT must implement a strict set of usage policies and permission models.

Topics: Self-Service Provisioning

Embotics & Zerto – Better Together

Enterprises are increasingly hosting their applications and infrastructure across public, private and hybrid clouds and Disaster Recovery (DR) is a very popular use case for these multi-cloud environments. If a business-critical application is unavailable, in today’s digital world an enterprise’s revenue stream may be adversely impacted.

However, having a disaster recovery configuration at a second on premise data center on enough hardware to take over at scale in case of a rare emergency can be both an expensive and complex undertaking. Hence, disaster recovery hosting in the public cloud with its consumption based pricing becomes both a desirable and cost effective model. Moreover, making sure that the DR site is ready to take over in an emergency requires continuous data replication, automation and periodic failover testing.

Topics: Embotics Zerto Integrations Disaster Recovery Cloud Management Platform (CMP)

How “Cloud First” Decisions Mirror R&D Outsourcing

As someone who has the privilege of regularly engaging with IT executives and architects, it’s clear to me that the push to public cloud continues. For your elastic consumption or infinite scale requirements, it just makes good sense. And if I was starting a new company today, I’d likely go all in on public cloud.

Topics: Cloud First Outsourcing Cost Management

Service Delivery Success Factors    (Part 3)

Over the past few months, I’ve posted two blogs discussing what I’ve identified as some of the critical success factors for delivering cloud services. But as any Hollywood executive will tell you, the only thing that’s better than a good sequel is a successful trilogy! What would the original Star Wars have been without Return of the Jedi. With that in mind, I’d like to dive back into the subject for the third installation of the series with a look at some more important success factors for cloud service delivery.

Topics: Service Providers Managed Services

Customer Spotlight: CRM Software Company

With over 3,000 global customers, and dedicated to streamlining business and enhancing customer engagement, this leading CRM software company wanted to make their virtual machine provisioning process more efficient.

Challenge

With up to 100 VMs being provisioned manually each month by a team of five, the IT Operations team were asked to find solutions to help them automate as much of the day-to-day tasks as they could, including implementing a self-service portal solution to both free up IT resources, as well as improve the provisioning times of virtual machines for the end-users, and bring greater efficiencies to the company.

Topics: Case Study VM Sprawl & Rightsizing Self-Service Provisioning

Cloud and Virtualization - A Case of Déjà Vu

You know what they say about history. Those who don’t learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. The flip side to that, though, is that we can learn from the successes of the past, and apply those lessons replicate that success to the benefit of many. That’s the thought that kept bouncing around my head as I read this article from my colleague Scott Davis, featured in Cloud Computing Journal recently.

Topics: Virtualization Cloud Management Platform (CMP)

Customer Spotlight: Serena Software

Serena Software, one of the largest global Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution providers, were looking to streamline the automation and provisioning of systems being used by their developers.

Topics: Cost Management Case Study Self-Service Provisioning

Cloud Automation: A System Administrator’s Best Friend

To better engage with customers, remain continually competitive and ensure long-term scalability, the majority of today’s businesses have turned to the cloud. Cloud-based technology and services are widely acknowledged as vital tools for strategic and tactical IT operations. And between private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructures, there are a variety of options to best meet an organization’s specific industry, size and resource needs.

Topics: Cloud Automation Software System Admins

Customer Spotlight: Leading Global Law Firm

The IT team needed to support business growth

Focused on providing clients with the highest quality advice on their most critical legal and business needs, this law firm needed a solution which would enable the IT team to be more responsive to business needs and support business growth.

Topics: Case Study Use cases Workflow Self-Service Provisioning Reporting