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Breaking down the wall between VMware vSphere and cloud

Utpal Thakrar | June 24, 2014
As infrastructure and operations professionals seek to broker cloud services for the enterprise, they are coming to terms with the need to "cloudify" existing vSphere infrastructure in order to make these environments more developer-friendly and support migration of workloads to AWS or other clouds as their needs evolve.

To introduce some aspects of continuous cost management for vSphere, companies will want to attach costs to vSphere resources and offer cost visibility (showback); cost tracking and analysis; and cost allocations (chargeback) for these resources. Companies should provide standard costs on standardized VM sizes running in their vSphere environments. Cost estimates should be visible to self-service users before they provision workloads, and actual costs should be visible and available for reporting and analysis at any time through the self-service portal.

* Greenfield vs. legacy applications. Cloud-enabling vSphere can help speed greenfield application development and improve efficiency in managing or migrating existing legacy applications that are already deployed in vSphere.

For greenfield requirements, a self-service portal is the critical component to helping developers leverage virtualized infrastructure for development and testing. In addition, new development offers an opportunity to experiment with or advance best practices for cloud portability, configuration management, and DevOps.

For existing legacy applications, organizations can start by leveraging "single pane of glass" management tools to gain visibility and governance across all types of infrastructure, whether cloud or virtualized. They can next identify segments of the application portfolio that will deliver significant benefits through migration to cloud, which may include mobile, social, web-scale, batch, and big data analytics applications. These existing applications can be prioritized for moving to cloud.

The cultural and technical barriers will eventually come down between virtualized and cloud environments. One of the first steps is getting on the same page on what cloud means. Armed with those agreements, everyone can get behind initiatives that move their companies forward.


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