Why you should manage cloud resources as an integral part of your business workflow
Looking at the last 2017 State of the Cloud Report from RightScale, two survey’ outcomes capture the reader’s attention:
Customers choose to move their application to the cloud to focus on the business optimization rather than on managing the infrastructure, and they expect to save costs with this shift. But the real savings can happen only if the management of business logic is combined with the management of the resources that support the business logic.
“Is it better to over-provision cloud resources with the risk
of wasting them, or under-provision with the risk of degrading
performance and delay the business process?"
For sure, saving money is one of the main reasons why customers are willing to adopt cloud solutions. But once in the cloud, their applications will rely on systems provisioned and dimensioned to run defined business flows, not unpredictable workloads volumes. Then, there are two possible risks:
This leads to new questions: Is it better to over-provision cloud resources with the risk of wasting them, or under-provision with the risk of degrading performance and delay the business process? How about provisioning just the right amount of resources for only the time-period you need them?
Why don’t you choose to pay for what you use? Exactly what you need, when you need it, and rather than incur extra costs and waste, de-provision when you’re done. And better if you have a proactive provisioning and deprovisioning of the resources implementing an elastic scaling based on some policies.
To succeed in this challenge, a new approach is required, that strictly ties your business workflow with the cloud resource management. While managing a business application, IT organizations need to be able to orchestrate provisioning and deprovisioning of the infrastructure needed by the business application in the cloud… not an easy task!
Workload Automation* can make the management of your cloud resources more agile, responsive and, best-of-all, cost effective by providing a solution that fits multi-cloud environments (where cloud services come from different providers) and hybrid cloud environments (where a mix of on-premises and cloud services are used).
A new solution pack is available on top of Workload Automation, provided by HCL Products and Platforms. It includes a set of new plug-ins to manage the provisioning and deprovisioning of virtual machines in the cloud, on as-needed basis. By orchestrating the application workflow and the workflow that manages the entire life-cycle of the virtual machines needed by the applications (including the actions: start, stop, snapshot, etc …), Workload Automation can increase both business and infrastructure agility.
The solution pack contains:
Using the solution pack is very easy:
Also, with the solution pack, changing provider is very easy. For example, you can pass from Amazon to Microsoft or vice versa. It is just a matter of replacing a few jobs in the workflow that maps your business process, and that’s it!
Watch this video to see the solution pack in action.
Do you want to know more about managing cloud resources with Workload Automation and HCL innovative solutions? Don’t miss our next blogs to get additional details on how to take advantage of the solution pack in different customer scenarios.
And explore with us further opportunities such as exploiting elastic scaling for a proactive management of the provisioning and deprovisioning of the resources. We are designing an intuitive user interface where you can define your policy for cloud elastic scaling allowing your application to be always responsive while keeping costs aligned with the workload demand. Policy options, approval process management,… we are interested to present you our solutions and discuss your ideas and needs.
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*Workload Automation is available as IBM Workload Scheduler and Automation offerings, and HCL Workload Automation.
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