Managing the Private Cloud

Michael Vizard

As private cloud computing evolves, IT organizations are going to be faced with making some interesting choices related to how they decide to manage these environments.

At the moment, it seems that most IT organizations are evolving into the cloud via their virtual machine software. As a result, most of them are cobbling together various management tools and virtual infrastructure components with the expectation of building a management framework for the cloud.

The folks at Eucalyptus Systems, however, are pretty sure that IT organizations are going to get tired of this approach fairly quickly.

Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos says that builders of private clouds will soon discover what the people running public cloud infrastructure already know: It's a whole lot easier to build and manage cloud computing platforms using a set of integrated management tools that were specifically designed for that purpose.

Of course, Eucalyptus is not the only vendor to discover this. There are a handful of startup companies competing in this space already, and it's only a matter of time before larger, traditional, enterprise systems management vendors enter the space via either acquisition or internal product development.

Mickos figures that open source developers will keep the Eucalyptus platform out in front of any rival management platforms that exist today or might show up tomorrow.

In the meantime, Eucalyptus is counting on having a significant head start thanks to the experience of a management team and the fact that its open source software can support multiple virtual machine environments. As cloud computing evolves, Mickos notes, a lot of customers are going to find themselves locked into proprietary virtual machine stacks when, ultimately, they will require a heterogeneous management platform that can span multiple virtual machine platforms running on private and public cloud infrastructure.

It's obviously still early when it comes to cloud computing, but Mickos warns that decisions made today can have a long range of repercussions tomorrow that can't be easily undone.
 



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Feb 8, 2011 6:02 PM David M Lynch David M Lynch  says:
It looks like the link was truncated in my previous comment. If you are interested it should be: http://www.embotics.com/?q=knowledge-center/white-papers Reply
Feb 8, 2011 6:02 PM David M Lynch David M Lynch  says:
Couldn�t agree more here on the need for integrated management systems for virtual environments. There is too much interaction between needed management functions to permit stand alone tools to offer more than very transitory value. The path to an effective private cloud is not a simple one, in addition to integrated management it also needs new policies and procedures; and easy to use policy-based automation to implement and control them. Embotics has just condensed the learning�s from over 4 years of customer VM management experience to outline a pragmatic path to Private Cloud Management; applicable to anyone who wants to build an effective private cloud. You can find it at: http://www.embotics.com/?q=knowledge-center/white-papers - Well worth a read Reply
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Aug 16, 2012 8:03 AM staboo staboo  says:
To control Eucalyptus and other clouds in a hybrid cloud environment (public AND private) there is a useful mobile app called Cloud Manager. It enables you to monitor and manage heterogenous cloud environments in one lightweight app. http://2kit.de/en/cloud-manager/ Reply

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