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Best practices for hybrid cloud - build a cloud you're proud of

Headshot 100X100.jpgBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vexpert 2012 logo.gif


Late last week, I got to sit in on a review of our HP Super Session at VMworld.  I gotta say, I'm really excited about this presentation - it will be a great session, guaranteed! 


In the past, I've been critical that the presentations have been a bit too "marketing" and knowing the VMworld audience, they were disappointing.  That won't be the case with this session! 


So I want to encourage you to consider session #SS1012: Best practices for hybrid cloud - build a cloud you're proud of, without making million dollar mistakes.  It's happening Wednesday at 9:30 AM. And just to give you more of a teaser, here's a brief snippet from the session.



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The session is being led by Scott Wood and Malcolm Ferguson.  Scott manages the solution architects in the U.S. while Malcolm is a senior solution architect - guys with real world experience working with customers.  This should be a great session!




nate | ‎08-21-2012 11:42 PM

Myself I find that most people don't need "cloud". Most folks are just fine with "Utility computing", or consolidation. Many people want cloud(until they figure out what cloud really entails), but at the end of the day, most often they don't need it.


Giving every Tom + **bleep** + Harry the ability to provision their own VMs often leads to massive amounts of waste because they don't know what they need.  Stuff gets provisioned then forgotten about etc. Sure you can impliment things like chargeback and everything but then it really gets complicated (and/or expensive with complex software products). I mean there aren't even any PUBLIC cloud companies that have large development teams working on their products that offer real billing based on utilization, it's all based on provisioning, which totally defeats the purpose of consolidation and over subscription.


It's a nice theory, but for the most part it seems we're many years away from having "cloud" be a good reality (given the pace that things seem to be going at now anyways).



nate | ‎08-22-2012 01:10 AM

case in point - just came across a pair of VMs in an amazon cloud account people forgot about last year, nobody has used them since October and they've been racking up $500/mo in charges ever since.


Malcolm Ferguson | ‎08-22-2012 03:18 PM

Nate, thank you for your comments.  I agree the term “Cloud” gets confusing with all the different sub-definitions (Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, etc…).  However, many of our large customers are asking for a way to take back their control of IT in the enterprise.  They have rogue departments provisioning into Amazon, Terremmark, etc…with no proper security or compliance being in place to ensure they are not at risk.  And as you stated, these resources are often not tracked which can create a financial problem as well.

In our session next week, we will show our customers the following:

  1.  We will show how to use HP’s Deployment and Operational SW (CloudSystem Stack) to ensure all provisioned IT resources go through one group/portal.  And then weather the resources are part of an internal ESX cluster, an Amazon purchase, an Azure, purchase, etc…they will be tracked and de-commissioned when they need to expire.
  2. We will show how best to architect the internal Enterprise Private Cloud, covering the best practices for the Servers/Blades, Security, Network, SAN, VMware Integration, etc…

In short, we feel it is critical to know where everything is and if it is compliant and secure and we feel that the primary IT resources (moving more to VMs) need a Mission Critical base platform (in-house our hosted) that is designed for virtualization, maximum performance and uptime.



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