In the Cloud computing era, computing is a service and no longer discrete components of physical inventory. Resources, software and information are shared. To drive increased agility, lower cost, and higher service levels enterprises are transforming IT infrastructure into dynamic and virtual pool of resources and offer them as a utility – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). IaaS is the infrastructure layer of a cloud, private and public, see figure 1. This new and shared infrastructure resources include virtualization, resource pooling, dynamic and logical workload allocation, reconfigurations and relocations, which introduces significant complexities to resource management and planning.
Traditional IT management tools and approaches were never designed for these new environments. There are tools and techniques available that allow you to capture utilization data in a virtual and cloud infrastructure, but that alone is not sufficient for sophisticated resource management and capacity planning. To manage and control virtual environments and deal with real-time changes you need a new approach.
In this perspective I will discuss the following:
- Optimizing infrastructure utilization
- Controlling cost
- Capacity planning for future
- Managing the sprawl
How to optimize cloud and virtual infrastructure resource utilization, manage the sprawl, troubleshoot and control cost. IT administrators and managers need a comprehensive strategy to optimize and manage their infrastructure as a service (IaaS).