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Private Clouds: Tough To Build With Today's Tech

Missing standards, scant automation, and weak management tools make this next step beyond server virtualization a challenge.

Master Disaster Recovery Is Elusive

At first, it surprised us that automated disaster recovery was rated as the third-most-important feature. Currently, only VMware offers a reasonably mature product in this area, through Site Recovery Manager. Even that product, while it does provide an integrated "runbook" that can provide the status of some data center operations that you'd need to know during a disaster, won't fully automate disaster recovery without a serious implementation and integration effort.

Then it hit us: Rising demand for automated disaster recovery speaks volumes about what IT expects from next-generation virtualization. VMware's offering tries to address the big picture of disaster recovery automation by integrating tightly with every component in the DR stack, starting with storage replication. VMware's goal is lofty: to provide fully managed and automated failover to a secondary site. That includes managing the state of replication, the virtualization infrastructure, connectivity, and the myriad other variables involved in a successful failover. VMware hopes to improve the already excellent value proposition of virtualization for disaster recovery and business continuity by increasing automation.

Unfortunately, a big problem is the lack of standardization. While VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft all have APIs for their diverse virtualization portfolios, a lack of standards and protocols means it's difficult to integrate across hardware and software API boundaries.

Worse, there's no clear road map for an automated, pervasively virtualized infrastructure. Who makes your hypervisor? Storage arrays? Servers? All of these vendors inject additional complexity and make supplying reliable cost numbers for automation projects nearly impossible. Setting up true automation becomes a nightmare of unbudgeted expenses, internecine warfare, and unforeseen roadblocks as software development and data center professionals try to integrate diverse hardware platforms, hypervisors, and application stacks into a resilient and, in theory, hands-off infrastructure.

The good news is that vendors are starting to build in software API mechanisms to make automation possible. The bad news is that the cost of developing a fully automated infrastructure remains outside the reach of all but the largest companies, even if you can afford centralized storage, virtualization, load balancing, and high availability. Still, automation is an essential element of the ultimate goal: private clouds.

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Bprince
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Bprince,
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11/1/2011 | 12:27:25 AM
re: Private Clouds: Tough To Build With Today's Tech
Some good information here. Microsoft is holding some webcasts on this issue in November and December (focused on MS products).
http://blogs.technet.com/b/yun...
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Matt Bru,
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10/31/2011 | 10:26:49 PM
re: Private Clouds: Tough To Build With Today's Tech
Always use an authorized Cisco Reseller like http://PCIT.us VOIP GBIC used Proliant servers
parkercloud
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parkercloud,
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10/31/2011 | 9:28:48 PM
re: Private Clouds: Tough To Build With Today's Tech
Current IT practice, tough to manage without today's technology / Private cloud.
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parkercloud,
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10/31/2011 | 3:42:45 PM
re: Private Clouds: Tough To Build With Today's Tech
Its easy to build a Private cloud with today's tech, I have built several Private / Hybrid Clouds
so I know this to be true. Its getting people to change that's hard.
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virtualwon,
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10/31/2011 | 1:29:34 PM
re: Private Clouds: Tough To Build With Today's Tech
ToutVirtual (www.toutvirtual.com) today and for a number of years (since 2005) has been providing Management & Policy-based Automation for physical & virtual environments from a single agnostic web console. This enables organisations to reduce complexity within there datacenter/s and delivers automated management on-demand.

The VirtualIQ Pro solution from ToutVirtual provides a single pane of glass enabling organisations to future-proof there IT investments.

It doesn't matter whether you build a public cloud, a private cloud, whether that be with a single hypervisor or multiple hypervisors or even fully virtualised or both physical and virtual, VirtualIQ Pro is the only solution that delivers.

ToutVirtual have created there own methodology called "Crawl-Walk-Run" providing organisations a simplified approach to Automation. This simplified approach provides datacenter managers/virtualisation administrators the ability to ensure improved application availability which was the top driver within the survey compiled within the above article.

The solution works out of the box, is cost effective and reduces the multiple layers of complexity within any datacenter. Why not visit the ToutVirtual website and download your free trial so you can see for yourself.

www.toutvirtual.com
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