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Embotics Cloud Management Blog

Getting Those Tech Execs to Sleep


One of the great things about working at Embotics is how often I find myself thinking “we can solve that problem”. I just finished reading Barb Darrow’s 5 things that keep tech execs up at night, and again, I just see a list of problems that are quickly and easily put to rest by vCommander.

Here’s how each concern is resolved using vCommander.

It’s about security, stupid.
vCommander’s security model is best thought of as concentric rings. The goal is to provide the fewest number of people access to each ring. As you approach the center, the ability to negatively impact other users and the environment increases, so greater expertise is required to avoid bad situations.

So, direct access to managed systems like VMware or AWS is reserved for senior administrators, because almost all day-to-day activity can be performed from within vCommander, where role-based access control makes sure users can only do what you want them to, where you want them to do it.

Non-administrative access is granted via the Service Portal where an ownership model exposes VMs users are entitled to access. Granular permissions allow for custom roles with a wide variety of capabilities, including some limited management rights to organizations and requests.

And, no matter who is taking an action, vCommander’s powerful events log and search capabilities make a deep security audit a matter of a few simple clicks.

Vendor lock-in.
Okay, we’ll admit it. We want to lock you in to vCommander. But we do this by providing world-class software and service, so it’s kind of a soft-lock. vCommander works alongside your existing infrastructure in a totally non-disruptive manner, and so can be shut down with no impact to the integrated hypervisors and public clouds.

In fact, vCommander supports vendor agnosticism by continually growing our support for hypervisors and public clouds. The best part? You can mix and match the back-end hypervisors and public clouds however you see fit. You decide when and if workloads get deployed to each vendor, and your users are trained to think of you as the provider, not VMware or AWS.

The data deluge.

Veeam, Splunk, Chef, BlueCat, Active Directory. The list goes on, and this isn’t even counting the ones it can manage. vCommander does talk to many different systems, so yes, there’s an enormous amount of data available to you. That’s why we’ve designed in multiple user-appropriate means to access the data.

Solution dashboards provide a wealth of metrics concerned with things like Capacity, Lifecycle Management and Performance at-a-glance for administrators.

Scheduled reports and spreadsheets of data can be tuned to provide only relevant information and delivered automatically to anyone, even if they don’t have an account in vCommander or the Service Portal. Or, if you prefer, give someone an Auditor role so they can get into the system to view all the information you choose to expose with read-only permissions.

Service Portal users are provided with the summary information for VMs they own, and their own event audit trails.

It’s very easy to make sure appropriate data is shared with everyone, according to their needs.

Proving the value of tech rollouts.
It’s hard not to mention the self-evident value of a vCommander implementation. From install and basic implementation in around an hour, to very sophisticated orchestration and management a few weeks later, vCommander outclasses all competition when you consider the ratio of implementation time to power.

Add to this that many of vCommander’s all-star reports are designed specifically to rationalize and justify economic decision making about your workloads, where they are run, and how efficiently they are used.cmprtv.png

Use the VM Comparative Economics report to assess the benefit of moving VMs, applying right-sizing recommendations, or both. Doing so lets you model costs going forward based on your actual usage patterns, and demonstrate potential or actual savings.

Customize the Service Fulfilment report by providing a time definition of what constitutes optimal, marginal, and poor service turnaround times. Then, schedule this report to email stakeholders regularly to keep fresh in their minds that vCommander automation delivers services quickly and efficiently.

Inflexible partners.
You can have a relationship with Embotics that simply is not available with the vendors of the vCommander managed systems themselves. Everyone on our team is committed to making the best product possible, and we keep very open dialogs with our customers. And this isn’t limited to our support team and customer advocates, communication is open and accessible at all levels of our organization.

vCommander’s development is very much informed by user submitted enhancement requests, and we carefully weigh all options and run active release candidate and beta programs to make sure we’re delivering exactly what we’ve been asked to.

So, goodnight, little Tech Execs. Embotics has you covered.


Topics: Public Cloud Cloud Management Platform (CMP) vCommander