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Five Technologies That Will Improve Your Cloud

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You’re a large organization, using cloud computing to your advantage. You’ve enjoyed your cloud experience and see how this model is helping you evolve. Still, you wish you could make your cloud infrastructure run a little bit better. You’d love to experience better performance and utilize your cloud resources a bit more efficiently. But how can you upgrade your cloud experience without recreating your entire architecture?

Many shops have now migrated to some type of cloud model for many different reasons. There are lots of use cases emerging which make cloud a powerful platform to utilize.

Still, like everything in technology, solutions right out of the box have the potential to be optimized. So let’s take a look at five technologies which have helped organizations of all sizes utilize their cloud infrastructure more intelligently.

Cloud Automation

This is a pretty big one because you’re effectively creating powerful cloud intelligence. It’s not quite a “set it and forget it” system. But it can get pretty close. Technologies like CloudPlatform, OpenStack and Eucalyptus all create powerful management extensions for your cloud environment. Dynamic resource provisioning and de-provisioning, workload and application control, and a very powerful distributed cloud management portal can help organizations gain new insights into their infrastructure.

At this logical layer, you can connect a myriad of cloud models into one automation and orchestration module to really create a proactively dynamic cloud infrastructure. Remember, you can automatically control everything from storage resources, to VM provisioning here. If you’re a growing organization utilizing various cloud technologies, cloud automation can make your life a lot easier.

Agnostic Cloud Control

Private, public, hybrid, distributed, community – does it really matter? The cloud model continues to evolve, and soon it’ll just be “How can I manage all of my cloud instances agnostically?” The agnostic cloud concept arises from the fact that almost all cloud environments are pulling resources from outside of themselves. Whether it’s an application that lives as a SaaS instance or there is a connection into a public cloud provider for DR, the idea is to manage the whole thing intelligently.

Technologies like BMC begin to explore the concept of agnostic cloud control. By connecting with major control plains and interfacing with solid APIs, the cloud computing concept and everything beneath it can be better abstracted.

Software-Defined Technology (SDx)

There are very real technologies behind many of these terminologies. Cloud computing relies on the virtual layer for it to run optimally. Now, virtualization and the logical layer have helped abstract on physical-only platforms. We have software-defined: Storage, Security, Networking and even Data Center. Each of those four examples already have technologies there to back up the conversation:

  • Storage: Atlantis USX and VMware vSAN.
  • Networking: Cisco NX-OS and VMware NSX.
  • Security: Palo Alto PAN-OS and Juniper Firefly.
  • Data center: VMware SDDC and IO.OS.

These are solid platforms which help control many new aspects of cloud computing. Furthermore, many of these SDx technologies directly integrate into the agnostic cloud model.

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About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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