Cloud Adoption? Network Orchestration Tools Are Here!

Last week, Gartner published its “top 10″ list of the most significant emerging trends that will impact data centers and IT from now into the next five years Gartner: 10 key IT trends for 2012. A very interesting list which again largely stressed the impact of Cloud and SDN, a model we understand well at Lyatiss.

One comment caught my eye. According to Gartner’s analyst Dave Cappuccio “businesses still haven’t gotten the maximum performance benefits they can get in workload management”. I cannot resist by adding… “and in Cloud adoption”!

More IT Complexity?

CIOs are now convinced that Cloud is on their agenda. This is great! However, getting the real benefit of Cloud requires some caution.

For understanding why and how, I recommend you read the excellent post of Sasha Gilenson, Forget Tool Improvements! Today’s Systems Management Needs A New Generation Of Tools, To be brief, in the Cloud many components are changing continuously and dynamically: application code, internal workload, external interactions, race conditions for resources, need for quality and even infrastructure costs. This very dynamic IT environment creates a demand for a radically new generation of monitoring and automation tools.

Understand before deploying

Whether you are moving to private Cloud or you have already deployed commodity application in public Cloud; whether you are exploring hybrid Cloud solutions or you are setting up a service-centric delivery of IT services to your organization, you surely feel the need for a clear vision of what is going on, you want to understand the real impact of virtualization and cloudification on the infrastructure, on the application behavior and on cost.

As Dave Cappuccio puts it, “self-service culture for users and mobility is going to have a cascading effect on how internal physical infrastructure is built in the future”. That’s the reason why more and more analysts advocate for an immediate investment in a new generation of tools for infrastructure management – high-level and simple command-and-control systems adapted to the dynamic nature of the Cloud and able to bring to light instantly unexpected effects. In short, a network-centric Cloud monitoring and automation system.

Which system can help me?

At Lyatiss, we had to face the coming issues in the deployment of large scale infrastructure in many environments such as medical imaging, rich media, numerical simulation or high energy physics, all sort of applications which were the precursors of Big Data. Very early on, this forced us to design a system solving provisioning problems of these highly demanding applications in an on-demand, large scale and shared infrastructure environment. To offer the degree of freedom and simplification, essential to an increasingly dynamic and complex IT we articulated our unique abstraction model in three joints and based it on a two-sided user/provider approach. The result is our CloudWeaver solution: intelligent Cloud Network Orchestration.

CloudWeaver stands at the intersection of trends

CloudWeaver helps in “building these kinds of resource pools that can be managed and configured“ mentioned by Gartner’s researcher. CloudWeaver helps in designing, instantiating and troubleshooting dynamic networks of virtual resources, relying on software-defined networks virtualizing the data center and leveraging networking technology. CloudWeaver commands and controls interconnected resources and fluidifies their interactions. CloudWeaver automates workflow and insures application delivery meets user goals.

Next-gen Cloud Network Orchestration tools are here!
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Posted by Pascale Vicat-Blanc on June 19, 2012