Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud: What does it do for me out of the box?

EHC FoundationThe Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC for short) is an engineered solution.  As I discussed HERE, you get value from the fact that this solution is engineered to provide functionality right out of the box, in a short amount of time.  Now, let’s talk about what you get out the box…and where you can go from there.

Building on a Foundation

The basic 28 day installation from EMC is called the Foundation.  This is the basic Infrastructure as a Service implementation that lets you start to deploy your Windows and Linux workloads right away, and to start to build out a portal.

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The solution starts with a short service engagement to tailor the initial implementation to your environment and give you a couple of prototype blueprints to test with and deploy on your cloud.

Out of the box, your users get the ability to start to deploy single and multi-tier applications to your internal cloud from a self-service portal.  If you have Avamar and the EMC Data Protection Advisor running in your environment, you’ll also get the ability to perform on-demand backup and restore operations along with some self-service backup reports.

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Storage Provisioning Made Easy

Cloud administrators will also be able to deploy new cloud storage to the business groups consuming resources in the cloud.

Through a simple wizard, storage that’s been presented to the cloud through the ViPR controller.

It’s as simple as filling out a form to request the type of storage you want (pulled from the list of ViPR pools) and how much of it you want.  After that, you allocate that new storage to the group reservations in the portal and you’ve extended the storage for your cloud.

You don’t need to be a storage admin to do that.  You don’t need to know a thing about datastores, luns, masking, zoning, or vCenter…the automation in the solution takes care of that for your.  Want to take it a step further, you can easily apply an approval policy to the request to add some governance and control to the process.

Data Protection integration is pretty cool, too

Backup Machine ActionsEMC also goes a step further in bringing the application owner closer to the infrastructure with self-service data protection.  At the time of provisioning, application owners can select the backup policy from a list of pre-defined policies.  See more on that process HERE.

Once the user provisions a workload with a backup policy attached, these options for self-service data protection show up in the machine actions menu.  Now the users can fire off a backup job whenever they want, or even perform a restore from the list of previous successful backup jobs.  How cool is that?

Add in the ability to run a couple of different backup reports, and life is easier for the app owner and the backup admin.

Integrated Monitoring

 

 

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ViPR Analytics in the vRealize Operations custom dashboard

 

The cloud needs to be managed.  The Foundation solution ships with the vRealize Operations engine from VMware, but adds in additional capabilities to manage the storage pools presented by ViPR as well as the ability to monitor directly into the storage arrays themselves.

By running these management tools in a single console, you get the benefit of a consolidated view of the virtualization environment and the storage infrastructure…right down to the disk!

Great post on ViPR Monitoring and ViPR Analytics HERE

Great post on EMC Storage Analytics HERE

Financial Transparency

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Business Management Dashboard

While every organization might not be ready for a full-on chargeback environment, I can assure you that they all want to know what the cloud is costing them, and who is consuming those resources.

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Example of a cloud cost breakdown

At the same time, with the ability now to easily broker services to both private and public data centers, cloud teams need tools to be able to make good decisions on where to run new applications.

The solution comes with the tools to help cloud teams achieve some financial transparency into these areas.  This isn’t a full-fledged chargeback tool.  That’s something that is generally much broader in scope that just the hybrid cloud, but can certainly be added.

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Business Management Cloud Cost Comparison

The solution also brings the capability to compare different cloud scenarios between the private cloud costs that you’ve entered into the tool and public cloud costs that are updated for you to keep your analyses current.  You can create new application profiles, or point to existing workloads in your cloud enviroment and then compare across multiple clouds at the same time.  Helping to make

 

Elasticity in the Cloud

End users can easily add resources to their workloads in the portal, with the boundaries that the cloud and business group admins enable.  Need more storage, CPU, or RAM?  All of those are easy to add or remove from your workloads as you see fit. Self-Service rules.

Adding more physical resources to your cloud is easy with the operational procedures and guidance that you get with the solution.  We’ve already covered how easy it is to add more storage to the solution.  Adding servers is easy, by increasing the size of your vSphere clusters, or creating new ones all together.

More cool stuff out of the box as part of the infrastructure…watch for the next post on “What’s IN the solution?”

Want to learn more about the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and all the other cool things EMC is doing with cloud, check out http://www.emc.com/cloud.

This blog is part of a series on the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud.

-jim (@thesanzone)

 

Full Disclosure:  I work for EMC and am part of the Cloud Solutions Technical Marketing team.  Just trying to spread the word.