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Embotics Cloud Management Blog

Maximizing Profits and Optimizing Infrastructure for Managed Service Providers


Companies are always looking for new streams of revenue, especially those that are already offering online services, IT services or have excess capacity in their virtual datacenter that they want to monetize.

Topics: Managed Services Service Providers Best Practices Application / Service Delivery Outsourcing

Top 5 Mistakes New vCommander™ Admins Make

I’m a lists guy.

Getting to pore through all kinds of interesting lists means New Year’s provides some of my favorite reading of the year. From grim looks back (The 7 Biggest Cloud Outages From 2015) to predictions for the year to come (3 Key Cloud Trends for 2016), I’m fascinated by all of it. So, I thought I’d try putting one together myself, based on our view from the support desk.

Without further ado, here are the top 5 mistakes new vCommander admins make:

Topics: Administration Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Best Practices

The Days of Architecting the Perfect VM are Gone

If you could choose between a database that required a consultative process in which admins architected and approved the design and took four weeks to deliver, and a standard MySQL VM that you’d get in 15 minutes, which would you pick?

Topics: Application / Service Delivery Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Best Practices

Choosing Your vCommander™ Database Platform

One of the most important choices new vCommander administrators must make is which database platform to use: PostgreSQL or Microsoft SQL. There are some advantages and disadvantages to each, which are discussed below. However, the most important thing to understand is that it’s not possible to migrate between platforms. If you do need to switch platforms, Embotics Support can assist you with keeping some of the VM metadata, but other important data may be lost, and it will take some time to recreate various configuration choices.

Let’s look at the options.

Topics: Administration Best Practices vCommander Cloud Management Platform (CMP)

Delivering Cloud Automation: Why Pour Your Own Cement?

On my summer vacation I was building a boat rack for my cottage. Then a strange thought occurred to me: This is completely analogous to building out cloud automation.

Yes, I know some might think that’s a bit of a stretch, but follow my story and you’ll see why.

Topics: Service Catalog Application / Service Delivery Best Practices

Enabling Your Users to Rightsize Their VMs

How do you ensure that all VMs in your virtualized infrastructure are allocated the correct resources for their workload? Allowing your users to rightsize their VMs is a great way to minimize cost and maximize performance.

Topics: VM Sprawl & Rightsizing Best Practices vCommander Administration How-to

Five Ws for Five Nines

If you’re a vCommander admin, what’s the best way to report issues to Embotics® Support effectively?

Topics: Administration Best Practices vCommander

How Public Cloud Consumption Impacts Private Cloud Cost Visibility

Two years ago, when I talked to enterprise customers about their cloud management platform (CMP) needs, many of the business drivers were the same as today. These included the desire to move to an ITaaS (IT as a Service) model, to embrace automation, and especially to increase business agility. But in that same time frame, I have noticed a significant shift in one aspect of private cloud adoption: how enterprises think about cost visibility and chargeback.

Topics: Public Cloud AWS Azure Multi-hypervisor Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Best Practices Cost Management

Three Approaches to Cost Modeling for the Enterprise

It doesn’t matter if you’re doing chargeback, showback or cost accountability, there are three methodologies that I see being used. The most important factor when choosing a cost model is your motivation for doing so. So much so that when working with customers, this is the first question I ask:

Topics: Chargeback & Showback Best Practices Cost Management vCommander

Generation Now!

With every year that passes, it seems like we expect things faster, cheaper and better. The same is true of IT. As an end user, if I’m not satisfied with the level of service I’m getting from my IT department, I can go around them, throw down my Visa card and fire up an instance of Ubuntu at Amazon EC2 in minutes. I’m probably breaking a ton of security and compliance policies, but doing this is possible, and I get instant gratification for making progress on the tasks I’m trying to accomplish for the business.

Topics: Administration Best Practices vCommander