The hybrid cloud has been heralded as a promising IT operational model enabling enterprises to maintain security and control over the infrastructure on which their applications run. At the same time, it promises to maximize ROI from their local data center and leverage public cloud infrastructure for an occasional demand spike. However, these benefits don’t come without challenges.
In this whitepaper you will learn:• The challenges in implementing an effective hybrid cloud• How key vendors are addressing their challenges• How to answer what, when and where to burst
A recent IDC survey of small and medium-sized business (SMB) users revealed that 67% have a recovery time requirement of less than four hours, and 31% have a recovery time requirement of less than two hours. Additionally, IDC estimates that as many as half of all organizations have insufficient business continuity and disaster recovery plans to meet business requirements, or to even survive a disaster.
Although business continuity is perhaps the top use case for cloud computing, simply focusing on this one use limits the broad potential of cloud, especially in a hybrid cloud context.
Zerto Offsite Backup in the Cloud
What is Offsite Backup?
Backup is a new paradigm in data protection that combines
hypervisor-based replication with longer retention. This greatly
simplifies data protection for IT organizations. The ability to leverage
the data at the disaster recovery target site or in the cloud for VM
backup eliminates the impact on production workloads.
Why Cloud Backup?
Can mission-critical apps really be protected in the cloud?
Introducing: Cloud Disaster Recovery
enterprises of all sizes are virtualizing their mission-critical
applications, either within their own data center, or with an external
cloud vendor. One key driver is to leverage the flexibility and agility
virtualization offers to increase availability, business continuity and
the cloud becoming more of an option, enterprises of all sizes are
looking for the cloud, be it public, hybrid or private, to become part
of their BC/DR solution. However, these options do not always exist.
Virtualization has created the opportunity, but there is still a
significant technology gap. Mission-critical applications can be
effectively virtualized and managed; however, the corresponding data
cannot be effectively protected in a cloud environment.
Additional Challenges for Enterprises with the Cloud:
Solutions with Zerto Virtual Replication:
SIOS iQ is the first solution designed from the ground up to automate the intelligence of IT operations and simplify the optimization of critical application operations in VMware environments. SIOS iQ is an advanced analytics platform that applies patented machine learning technology actionable analysis, insights and problem-solving recommendations. Learn how SIOS iQ can help you identify wasted VMware resources (idle VMs, unneeded snapshot); find and resolve root causes of performance issues, and make informed decisions about implementing and configuring storage acceleration (host based caching with SSDs, all-flash arrays, and hybrid storage).
ESG Lab used a simulated enterprise IT infrastructure to validate how organizations can use the SIOS iQ analytics platform to identify applications that could be accelerated with host-based caching software, recommend an optimal cache configuration, and predict the resulting storage performance if caching were configured as recommended.
Vembu has grown its revenue 35% annually over the past two years and is on track to meet that mark in 2014. Key product additions this year include a suite of CRM applications and the introduction of onpremises virtual appliances (with physical appliances to come in the near future). The latter move puts Vembu in more direct competition with relatively well known players in the hybrid cloud backup battle.
Vembu is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by exceeding the 60,000 customer milestone, sold mainly through its 4,400 channel partners. That compares with 55,000 customers and 4,000 resellers in February 2014. The company has added 400 resellers so far this year, and has begun to emphasize VARs in addition to its traditional target market of MSPs. Notable serviceprovider partners include Verizon's Terremark subsidiary, mindSHIFT Technologies, HostPapa and Hitachi Data Systems. The profitable Vembu claims to have exceeded 35% revenue growth in each of the past two years, and is on track for similar gains this year.
The company expects to have 200 employees by the end of 2014 (up from 160 in February), and 300 by the end of 2015. Most of its employees are near its headquarters in Chennai, India (with 65% engaged in R&D), but Vembu has been steadily expanding internationally. It opened an office in London this year, and relocated its US headquarters to Addison, Texas, where it expects to grow its workforce from 15 employees this year to 50 next year Vembu's worldwide distribution of partners roughly equates to its worldwide revenue distribution: 70% North America, 20% Europe and 10% AsiaPacific – a distribution that has remained fairly steady over the past year. However, although about 30% of its revenue comes from outside North America today, Vembu hopes to increase that to 50% in 2015. Key target markets for 2015 include the EU5 countries, Scandinavia, Brazil and China
So you’ve invested in virtualization - now what does it take to make
that virtual environment hum? Before, during and after deploying, you
need a modern monitoring solution to ensure you’re getting the most of
your investment. We’ve compiled the 5 keys for conquering downtime and
achieving virtualization bliss.
Zenoss makes managing virtualized environments and virtualization
monitoring easy and less expensive. The Zenoss hybrid IT monitoring
platform allows you to comprehensively monitor resource performance and
availability across the entire stack, including network, storage,
applications and more, regardless of physical or virtual location.
The private cloud offers most of the advantages of the public cloud: Self-service and scalability, multi-tenancy, the ability to provision machines, and change computing resources on-demand. Private cloud also improves on security by limiting access to key IT people. Complexities are emerging for DevOps teams around their "infrastructure as code" practices as larger companies consider moving their most business-critical applications off the public cloud and onto private/hybrid clouds.
Complexity issues include:
Private clouds are specialized cloud computing implementations that are purpose-built to address some limitation or shortcoming around the use of public clouds. Core factors that drive private cloud adoption are compliance, security, and even the sense of control that many in enterprise IT require. Or, think they require.
As DevOps organizations are built within enterprises, private clouds as the deployment platforms mesh well with existing DevOps automation approaches and tool sets. Those within enterprises can tell you that private clouds are a sound architectural option, and they require “some time.” Just as public clouds require “some time.” Most enterprises will end up with both, using hybrid or multi-cloud implementations. In this paper, we’ll focus on private clouds, and the steps to successfully implement private clouds.
Security, control and application requirements are the driving forces behind the interest in a private cloud. As per the values listed above, enterprises are turning to the private cloud model to gain the value of cloud, but maintain security and control.
Cloud provider, Rackspace, surveyed 400 organizations in the United States and the U.K. Of those organizations, 294 were hybrid cloud users. According to the survey, 52% of respondents who've moved applications or workloads from public cloud services to private or hybrid clouds said they were motivated by improved security. Another 42% said hybrid and private environments offer better control, and 37% cited superior performance and reliability.
While the value is understood holistically, we need paths to define the value of a private cloud within enterprises that prove the return on investment to the stakeholders. Below are suggestions for both a process and metrics that you can leverage to prove the ROI within your organization. That said, each business is different, and thus there needs to be some adaptation of the process and metrics for your own problem domains.
Oracle database sprawl comes with significant costs and complexity for businesses. It results from the proliferation of database copies whether they are created for disaster recovery, development and testing infrastructure provisioning, quality assurance (QA), or DevOps in private or hybrid clouds, to name a few.
Catalogic Software’s ECX Copy Data Management platform deployed in conjunction with the Pure Storage FlashArray, allows businesses to manage, orchestrate and analyze Copy Data. The solution provides full lifecycle management of your Copy Data through automated workflows that allow you to streamline the creation, management and use of Oracle database copies to keep the overall cost and complexity under control.
The virtualization of physical computers has become the backbone of public and private cloud computing from desktops to data centers, enabling organizations to optimize hardware utilization, enhance security, support multi-tenancy and more. These environments are complex and ephemeral, creating requirements and challenges beyond the capability of traditional monitoring tools that were originally designed for static physical environments. But modern solutions exist, and can bring your virtual environment to new levels of efficiency, performance and scale.
This guide explains the pervasiveness of virtualized environments in modern data centers, the demand these environments create for more robust monitoring and analytics solutions, and the keys to getting the most out of virtualization deployments.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
· History and Expansion of Virtualized Environments
· Monitoring Virtual Environments
· Approaches to Monitoring
· Why Effective Virtualization Monitoring Matters
· A Unified Approach to Monitoring Virtualized Environments
· 5 Key Capabilities for Virtualization Monitoring
o Real-Time Awareness
o Rapid Root-Cause Analytics
o End-to-End Visibility
o Complete Flexibility
o Hypervisor Agnosticism
· Evaluating a Monitoring Solution
o Unified View
o CMDB Support
o Converged Infrastructure
· Zenoss for Virtualization Monitoring