Cloud on a Vblock: How do you get there?

It’s pretty safe to say that Vblocks rock! I won’t go into detail about the many value-adds of purchasing your Infrastructure from VCE since there are more than enough blog\industry articles about the value that we provide. (Although, if you want a refresher on the VCE value, come to Booth 1109 in the Solutions Exchange 🙂 )

Having the best infrastructure is great, but how do you deploy a useful Cloud for your tenants? It won’t happen automagically: You must consider the business needs of your IT consumers and acquire the right tools to successfully design and deliver your IT services.

The Management & Orchestration pod at the VCE Booth is showing a potential solution that is based on the technologies from VCE’s investor companies (VMware, Cisco, and EMC) to help customers successfully deliver Cloud computing to their tenants.

Here is a rundown of the components that we are using and which need they fill:

Monitoring:

VMware vFabric Hyperic – Application monitoring
VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps) – Infrastructure monitoring

Service Catalog:

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (CIAC) – Business rules processing
VMware vCloud Director (vCD) – Cloud resource provisioning

Orchestration:

VMware vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) – Coordinate the provisioning process

Compliance:

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM) – Ensure adherence to desired security and compliance regulations

Now, you may be thinking, “don’t some of these solutions overlap?” You would be correct, kind of. We are showcasing the solutions in such a way that we do not duplicate the functionalities.

For example, CIAC performs the business rule processing of whether a tenant has sufficient budget to provision new resources, and vCD does the actual provisioning once CIAC approves.

Another aspect we are highlighting is that there are a variety of tools that can get you where you want to go. However, VCE pulls together the expertise to help you architect and deploy your Cloud based on whichever combination of the above solutions that you would like to use.

If you would like to get more details about this solution, or if you’d just like to meet the solution designers, check us out at the VCE Booth.  After you visit our booth, let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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