Virtualization management and cloud applications

Por: Pedro César Tebaldi Gomes em 08.10.2013

How to manage the infrastructure allocated outside your company?

The virtualization of infrastructure and / or services has been a current agenda within organizations for a long time. The optimization of IT resources with cost reduction of hardware acquisition and maintenance, is one of the factors that drive their choice.

The virtualization of infrastructure and / or services has been a current agenda within organizations for a long time. The optimization of IT resources with cost reduction of hardware acquisition and maintenance, is one of the factors that drive their choice. Besides the financial factor, ease of access, integration of different environments and the ability to maintain uninterrupted service in case of fall promote the adoption.

 
Virtualization management

 
Virtualization is the creation of a virtual environment that simulates a real environment, enabling the use of multiple systems and applications without the need for physical access to the machine on which they are hosted. Most of the time, a product. Software such as Vmware ESX, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V are some examples for virtualized solutions.

 

Cloud Virtualization management and cloud applications

As for Cloud Computing it is nothing else besides put the IT resources of your company accessible via Internet. It is a form of technical drawing that provides access to IT resources from anywhere on the planet. Cloud Computing is usually designed as a standardized service to assist companies according to their use. All drawings of Cloud Computing use virtualization solutions to run, although not all virtualization solutions generate Cloud.

 

And how to manage all this?

Now that you know what cloud computing and virtualization are and their differences, it is important to realize that maintaining structures in virtual environments require a lot of control, both in terms of security and in terms of performance and availability of resources.

Cloud services such as the Amazon Web Services provide infrastructure resources on demand. For small and medium enterprises it is an alternative to achieve cost reduction by means of scale, which was unthinkable in the past. As for the major ones, it is an option to facilitate access to IT, which streamlines the operation, and to not generate large legacy of hardware.

 

On paper everything is very beautiful, but will this contracted service meet the agreed SLA?

Therefore, the management of virtual environments is so important, be it to monitor the availability of a site, measure the performance of the database that is hosted in Malaysia, for example, or to generate reports which say at what time the contracted services slow down.

Another concern of IT decision makers is the issue of redundancy. Usually what happens is that when the system is unavailable and redundancy does not meet what is expected this information is discovered only when you need it. And then it is too late.

 

Ten years of experience in managing complex infrastructures

OpServices, by means of the OpMon platform, was always concerned with the challenges faced by CIOs in their day-to-day. The high availability and easy access to infrastructure information that impact the business have always been decisive for our clients. In addition to the unique challenges that virtualization demands, some features contribute significantly to good management, with the goal of always identifying the root cause of the problems:

  • Analysis of advanced performance;
  • Availability reports with charts of future projection;
  • Alarms of incidents;
  • Baseline that enables the identification of trends;
  • Dashboards that show the centralized view of the virtualized environment.

 
With ten years of development on the platform, today we have great experience to contribute to the challenges presented in the Go-To-Cloud or in the administration of complex virtualized environments. OpMon, our IT management software, already has templates for monitoring CPU, for example, by means of the Amazon API.

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