How do I deal with you, Hybrid Cloud?
Why would you use Hybrid Cloud?
As sometimes when we hear word ‘cloud’, the first things that come to mind are public cloud giants like Amazon or Azure. However as Forbes research shows, it is hybrid cloud that changes enterprise business. So why do enterprises actually choose a Hybrid Cloud Strategy? The underlying reasons can be different. It could be because of security or internal policies, lock-in considerations or sometimes it’s ‘just’ an investment protection. The reason could also can be as simple as regulations requirements to store the data within specific region or country.
More and more Cisco customers around the world are applying a hybrid cloud strategy to drive their business. Some of them actually went all the way ‘up to the cloud’ and back, once they realized that cost and flexibility of private or hybrid environment cannot be achieved by public cloud provider.
Where to start?
Well, it sounds great, but how do I actually build a Hybrid Cloud? Let’s start with your existing Data Center: Provision infrastructure, automate day 1 operations, provide visibility and simplify maintenance. Congratulations! You just built a foundation for your private cloud. Now, add secure multi-tenancy on top, resource management, a self-service portal and finish up with metering and billing.
Here is the best thing about it: You can do all of that with just one tool: UCS Director.
With UCS Director your private Data Center is covered and you are in prime shape to make a big move towards hybrid!
How do Cisco Customers use UCS Director?
Here’s a good example to give you an idea of automation capabilities of UCSD: One of our biggest Public sector customers in The Netherlands had to provision environment consisting of more than 200 blades, NetApp storage and a VMware layer on top.
The Cisco Partner who was doing implementation created a workflow for provisioning the blades with ESXi. As soon as this workflow was developed, it was used to consistently rollout configuration across hundreds of blades.
So, instead of creating a difficult manual process that is highly vulnerable to human error, the workflow automatically creates:
- A Service Profile Template
- A Boot LUN
- SAN Zoning
- Installs ESXi through Bare Metal Agent
- Connects ESX host with vCenter, Distributed Switch and Hostprofile.
None of these above steps required user input.
This solution is instantly available and shows promise. Just insert new blade, and 30 minutes later you have a new ESX host showing up in a cluster in your vCenter environment.
In conclusion: You Should Start Automating your Processes
Make the crucial first step toward developing a Private Cloud: Automate your Data Centre’s operational processes. Then, you can focus on building service catalogues for your teams and internal users and eventually provide IaaS. With UCSD you have your private cloud needs and requests covered. So now it’s time to move to Hybrid with Cisco CloudCenter.
Learn more about UCS Director here.