Moab Cloud Suite ‘Cures’ Private Cloud Pain Points
Moab Cloud Suite is getting some upgrades (v7.2, shipping November 15), with improved time to cloud deployment, out-of-the-box integration with existing infrastructure, minimizing system upgrades, streamlining tasks with a new dashboard portal and automating budget allocation, said Chad Harrington, VP Market, Adaptive Computing. The company, which bills itself as the largest provider of private cloud management and high-performance computing workload management software, is promoting its automation focus as a competitive advantage as the private cloud market takes off.
“In the year I’ve been with Adaptive Computing, the market has gone from thinking about private cloud technology, kicing the tires, to people saying we have to get private cloud up this year,” he said. “That’s a huge step, going from I’m not sure what a private cloud is, to I’ve got to have one. The wave is starting to reach the crescendo.”
At the end of August 451 Research reported that enterprise spending on cloud should continue to increase in 2012, with plans for private and hybrid cloud deployments starting to take root in large enterprises. Just under a quarter of the respondents, 23%, said their company were using a private cloud and within six months that number would be up to 25%, mirroring the growth trend for public cloud.
“IDC sees demand for private cloud continuing to increase rapidly,” said Mary Johnston Turner, IDC Research Vice President, Enterprise Systems Management Software. “We are forecasting the spending on systems management software for private clouds will total more than $1.6 billion by 2016.”
One of the most important needs is automation and orchestration to help streamline and reduce the cost of resource deployment and workload provisioning and migration, she said. “One of the biggest challenges facing organizations is the need to transform policies and processes to support broader use of self service provisioning, automated approvals and tight integration across technology silos.”
Gartner recommends unifying IT operations management architecture, inclusive of services management, across both legacy data center and cloud environments to provide the key benefits of improved visibility, service analytics, capacity management, process integration and staff and asset efficiencies. “Customers should select a cloud management platform partially based on the degree of heterogeneity they require to unifying existing management software with their cloud management,” said Donna Scott, vice president and distinguished analyst, Gartner Research, in a prepared statement.
At the core of what makes a private cloud a private cloud is self service, said Harrington. “IT doesn’t have to get involved.”
Keeping IT involvement to a minimum is acomplished primarily through policy-based optimization, he said. “Moab allows you to set a policy to optimize utilization”.
Key enhancements include: Out-of-the-Box Infrastructure Integration with virtualization, management and other cloud platforms, such as the new VMware Center connector (Moab Cloud Suite vCenter Connector), and HP Cloud Services Automation Connector (HP CSA); Multi-Group Management enables administrators to create different groups and sub-groups, and define permissions governing access and management; Streamlined Dashboard Portal groups needed data views and management actions together for common tasks so they can be accomplished quicker and easier; and Periodic Budget Reset Capability enables automatic resetting of budgets based on usage and availability.