Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud: Changing the face of IT

passing-the-torch_542961Developers have always been inhibited by IT.  The layers of management, manual processes, and then those pesky security and compliance teams make life miserable if you’re just trying to get your application out the door. It’s time for IT to pass the torch.

It’s no secret that business wants to move faster.  Developers are moving faster, and if you haven’t gotten the memo yet:  Developers and the application teams are taking over the world.  Want to know more about that, check out this book:  The New Kingmakers:  How Developers Conquered The World

newkingmakersSo what have developers been doing?  They don’t try to get their apps out the door…they have been building them out there…in the cloud.  Why would they put their applications outside of the sacred datacenter?  Because it’s easy.  Developers don’t care about infrastructure.  They care about the applications they are developing.  In the public cloud, they can consume all the resources that their credit cards will handle.

Sounds good for the business, right?  Developers working as fast as they can to build and update applications that often have a direct impact on the bottom line of the business.

Not so fast.  That might not always be the right choice for your business.  Some applications cost less to run in your datacenter, but not all of them.  Some applications need the extra levels of protection and availability that your datacenter can offer, but not all of them.  Some applications need to be able to scale out pretty quickly without needing to maintain unused capacity in your datacenter, but not all of them.

new-face-of-itHow can your business leverage both the public and the private cloud at the same time?  That’s the Hybrid Cloud.  What if IT could provide the same level of flexibility and agility that the public cloud offers, but leverage resources from the local datacenter, service providers, and the public cloud all from one portal?  That’s the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud.

From this portal, your developers and application owners get to control their own IT resources, while IT can manage costs, security, and compliance at the same time. This is the win-win that we’ve been looking for.

Here’s a quick demo of the user experience you can get from the service catalog.  See how a single portal can serve the needs of developers, application owners, and even empower the cloud admin to manage element of the cloud infrastructure right from the self-service portal.

The EHC also opens other doors beyond just application agility.  The solution takes tasks and capabilities that used to be only for the IT teams to manage, and extends them out to the portal.  Like what?  How about the ability to select the storage that you want your new application to live on?  How about the ability to choose whether or not your application needs to be replicated to another datacenter, or to be continuously available?  Making those choices in a simple way at the time of provisioning is something that end users have never been exposed to.

Here’s an example of an application analyst who needs a new backup policy for a new application that’s being rolled out.  Watch this video to see how the solution cuts out all of the middle-men and lets our end user build a new backup policy:

This is the new functionality that end users are craving.  They want more control.  They want more choices.  They want to manage their own IT consumption.  This solution let’s them do that by extending the capabilities to the datacenter to the people who really need it.

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.

-jim (@thesanzone)

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

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