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Embotics Cloud Management Blog

The Hybrid Cloud Secret Square

Top business and cloud pundits have written about how IT is moving to a hybrid world. The move is fueled by unabated growth in public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) consumption and the reality that many organizations also consume their own significant data center assets.

Topics: AWS Application / Service Delivery Multi-hypervisor Cloud Management Platform (CMP)

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) Cost Management Best Practices

Avoid Vendor Lock-in (and Bananas)

There’s a story about an experiment where a group of monkeys had a ladder, at the top of which were some tasty bananas. Whenever a monkey climbed up to get them, sprinklers soaked the whole group with ice-cold water, who understandably became quickly hostile to anyone approaching the ladder. Next, a monkey would be replaced.

Topics: ITaaS Multi-hypervisor Cloud Management Platform (CMP) vCommander

Embotics Leaps Ahead in Hybrid Cloud Management | Cloud Management Software

This year VMworld was held in San Francisco, California, at the Moscone Center from August 25 through August 29. This event was attended by over 20,000 attendees and hundreds of partners and vendors from around the world. It is a special event where we all get to see the latest advancements in virtualization and cloud computing technologies. This year there was a clear focus on Hybrid Cloud management, and on enabling the choice of running your workloads and platforms to make them easier to manage.

During VMworld, there are several awards handed out from various organizations that give recognition for the solutions vendors have brought to market. This year, Embotics® vCommander™ won the Best of VMworld 2013 Gold Award in the Public/Hybrid Cloud Computing Technologies Category. This award is significant as it is based on the event’s focus, as well as on the talks and demonstrations showing workloads moving, using VMware and vCloud Hybrid Services (vCHS). Being recognized at this event as the Best of VMworld 2013 Gold Award winner, is a great honor and continues to show how Embotics vCommander is leading the Hybrid Cloud management space.

The key to our win is how we enable economic visibility day one in your data center. We accomplish this by first reviewing historical trends and applying our IP to assign costs. Once we have the historical data, we then make recommendations on Rightsizing of the VM. The Rightsizing information is based on multiple vectors that includes data from the manager (either vCenter or System Center Virtual Machine Manager [SCVMM]), as well as the operating System (OS). The combined information gives clear visibility into the actual performance of the systems. The resizing can be fully automated with vCommander, including all approvals and updates to other systems as needed.

Combine this with our strong provisioning, orchestration and self-service portal—all backed by a very strong automation engine, so what you have is a single pane of glass that enables visibility and confidence among all teams across your IT organization. The end goal of Embotics vCommander is to enable IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) on premise with economic control that enables you to extend and govern to public or shared resources when you are ready.

Smart enterprises are using multiple cloud computing providers and services to avoid vendor lock-in and stay diverse. But there is a flip side to all these clouds: Public and private cloud services are hard to coordinate, and CIOs are finding that business divisions are using services outside those offered within their companies. The adoption of technology is being driven in an ad-hoc fashion by individual employees, departments, or functional organizations within the enterprise that are signing up for various cloud computing services on their own without IT involvement.

Embotics vCommander solves most of these problems through an easy-to-use storefront that manages the use, performance and delivery of your cloud services, internal or external. You can view a list of your services and select an option such as moving an instance from your private cloud to the public cloud. Once you select your options, and are charged accordingly, you are notified that your instance is running and given a link to the reporting metrics for your service. You can also shop for services based on service-level guarantees, price points or performance. All this is done via your selection in the vCommander portal with the hard work automated in the background.

For Value-Added Resellers (VARs) and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) the stakes have never been higher. Embotics vCommander will allow enterprises to unify cloud services management to speed up innovation, collaborate globally, reduce operational costs, and grow the bottom line. Embotics vCommander will also allow service providers to operate private-branded Cloud Marketplaces that unify cloud services delivery, and help differentiate their networks as true cloud computing platforms. For technology providers, it is an opportunity to provide value-added service ecosystems that help differentiate core offerings to gain market share, increase customer lifetime profitability, and enable new distribution channels.

Topics: Hybrid Cloud VM Sprawl & Rightsizing Multi-hypervisor Cloud Management Platform (CMP)

Avoiding the Multi-Hypervisor Eruption

In the past few years, the virtualization market has slowly evolved from a flat landscape to a mountain peak many enterprises successfully scaled. Recently, that mountain has emitted the rumbles of a productive volcano, as players in the hypervisor market try to shift each other out of the way.

Topics: Hybrid Cloud Multi-hypervisor Cloud Management Platform (CMP)

How Clear is Your View into Economics of the Cloud?

The talk of cloud is continuous. What first began as a private cloud discussion has morphed into a focus on public clouds and most recently on the hybrid cloud model.  As clouds continue to evolve, IT must pay close attention to how end-users are using these platforms through effective and cost efficient management solutions.

Topics: Multi-hypervisor Cost Management Chargeback & Showback

Multi-Hypervisors Bring Additional Cost Savings

The rush toward cloud computing was fueled in large part by cost-conscious IT departments that saw the cloud as the natural next step for virtualization and a way to stretch tight budgets. However, that doesn’t mean its time for IT to take its eyes off the bottom line. As cloud computing models proliferate and evolve, it is just as important as ever that technology leaders make informed decisions about which products, services and payment models deliver the best results.

Topics: Multi-hypervisor Cost Management

Building Community: OpenStack, Embotics And The Open Source Cloud

The minds behind OpenStack – pros from Rackspace Hosting, NASA and others – say that the open source cloud-computing platform they’re creating is a bazaar, not a cathedral. The mission is to build a massively scalable open source, open design, open development community for all public and private cloud providers. Last month, Embotics joined that expansive community, and we’ve pledged to leverage OpenStack technology in future versions of vCommander.

Topics: OpenStack Application / Service Delivery Multi-hypervisor

To Get ROI, Multi-hypervisor Data Centers Need Cloud Automation

The days of single-hypervisor environments are over. Today, data center managers can grow their virtualized environments with multiple hypervisors at multiple price points to manage multiple workloads. There are many advantages to the multi-hypervisor scenario, but there has also been a significant drawback: a lack of cost visibility.

That issue is no longer a barrier. At Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas this week, we’ll be demonstrating Embotics vCommander for Microsoft Hyper-V, a unified cloud management platform that gives multi-hypervisor environments economic visibility, automation and control. The new multi-tenant cost model capability in vCommander helps users deliver IT-as-a-service (ITaaS) and get a cost breakdown that supports decisions about which virtual machines (VM) and services should be hosted on which platform. This feature is unmatched by any other solution, and it fulfills the economic justification for adopting multiple hypervisors.

When Embotics announced vCommander for Hyper-V earlier this week, The Virtualization Practice Analyst Bernd Harzog said, “Multi-hypervisor environments are proliferating because they promise cost advantages without degrading performance, but accomplishing that goal requires a management and automation platform that reveals cost breakdowns to inform decision-making. The multi-tenant cost model lets enterprises take economic control of their data centers.”

That’s what multi-hypervisor choices should be about – economic control of the data center. That must include:

Topics: Events Microsoft Summit Multi-hypervisor Cost Management Cloud Automation Software