Automated Provisioning & Orchestration Are Critical to Effective Private Clouds

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The modern data center is evolving to become a technological hub hosting new types of virtualization and cloud technologies. There are numerous benefits to working with both virtualization and cloud computing – but this has also introduced new levels of complexity. According to IDC’s research, virtual servers are now the default platform for the majority of new application deployments in enterprise-scale data centers. In many cases, these virtualization technologies are also being deployed as platforms for current or future private cloud environments. When evaluating or moving towards a cloud platform it’s important to understand how this model will fit into your organization’s IT infrastructure. In planning the deployment, many companies are using automated provisioning and orchestration tools to create very effective cloud operation.

This IDC Research white paper sponsored by Cisco explores the impact of virtualization and cloud computing on the data center infrastructure. Furthermore, it explores how rapid provisioning and orchestration technologies are helping to create a more efficient cloud platform. There are numerous reasons to adopt a cloud model – some of those include:

  • Improving end-to-end performance
  • Reducing costs
  • Increasing efficiencies around cooling, power, and space
  • Improve business agility

In realizing these benefits, this white paper explains the benefits of using advanced cloud management technologies. Specifically, automated cloud provisioning and orchestration tools can be a great help to organizations deploying private cloud models. In working with the leading manufacturers, Cisco is highlighted as the platform to use for rapid provisioning and orchestration of private cloud components. This white paper examines how Cisco’s Intelligent Automation for Cloud works to create a more robust management environment for private cloud infrastructure. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Working with an adapter framework which is capable of integrating with a broad range of physical and virtual management APIs.
  • The ability to integrate infrastructure, operating system and application provisioning automation using the Cisco Server Provisioner.
  • Using advanced out-of-box ready templates as provided by the Cisco Automation Packs.
  • Adopting a self-service provisioning interface powered by the Cisco Cloud Portal technology.

Download this white paper today to learn more about how cloud provisioning and automation can help your business become more agile. Automated Provisioning and Orchestration Are Critical to Effective Private Cloud Operations will help explain the powerful Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud solution by describing the benefits, challenges and overall architecture of a private cloud.

About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; Geek.com and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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