Cloud to Jumpstart Staging and Collaborative Workflow Testing - Page 2

Jack Fegreus
Furthermore, CloudShare provides IT providers with client marketing options and sales tools that are as powerful as the development tools. With the growing adoption of IT Service Management (ITSM) paradigms, including SLAs, even the most senior IT executives now have to sell the credibility of IT internally to line of business executives. As a result, IT providers with internal, as well as external, constituencies can benefit from the use of CloudShare even if they are not developing VM-based services.

Virtualization of Virtual Environments

Key drivers of the next wave of virtualization projects for mission-critical applications are the growing concerns of line of business executives over business continuity in a competitive 24x7 economic environment. The challenge for IT is to assuage the business continuity fears of corporate executives within budget constraints that exclude costly disaster recovery components, such as fault-tolerant servers, redundant hardware and software, and standby network bandwidth.

The cost-effective solution for business continuity that IT is now embracing is an extended VOE for mission-critical applications. Using a hierarchy of workloads as fundamental building blocks, IT can respond in minutes to changes in business processing via the automatic provisioning and moving of VMs. This is a game changer for the old perception of IT as being a cost center and not a business enabler.

Nonetheless, moving beyond simple, stand-alone VM solutions into the world of complex business workloads increases the complexity of provisioning and prototyping. Using CloudShare, however, IT can focus entirely on the construct of a workload, which has a natural affinity to a CloudShare environment and a business service.

From Workflow Problem to Cloud Prototype

Large, complex workflows are especially problematic for in-house IT groups. The issue for them is the freeing up of sufficient resources to provision a full environment for testing and evaluation. Using the CloudShare environment construct, the only resource needed for testing and development is a desktop PC with a high-speed connection to the Internet.

To test the ability to stage a second-generation proof-of-concept VOE that demonstrates the ability to deploy and collaborate about a business continuity SLA, we used CloudShare to create a prototype cloud platform with five VMs: four servers and one desktop. Three servers ran 32-bit Windows Server 2008, the fourth ran 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2, and the desktop VM ran Windows XP Pro. In addition, we installed Active Directory 2008, DNS, IIS 2008 and Exchange 2010 on the servers. We also installed up.time 5 server resource monitoring to track performance, resource usage and SLA compliance. On the desktop VM, we ran MS Office 2010 and Acrobat X.

To simplify the configuration of VOE prototypes, CloudShare has agreements with various vendors to provide developers with VM templates that include an operating system and important business systems. As a result, developers using CloudShare don't have to purchase and install operating systems and applications.

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Jun 7, 2011 7:06 AM office2010 office2010  says:
As a result, any IT provider can now lay a foundation for rock-solid excellence by delivering over the Web robust, agent-less solutions for pre-production tasks such as development, testing, QA, staging and back-end training sessions. Reply
Feb 16, 2012 1:02 PM Megan Megan  says:
IT specialist is doing a great job,This is a huge project for them :D Reply
Feb 17, 2012 4:02 AM Rose from how to promote your music Rose from how to promote your music  says:
Another good thing is now you can have as many environments as you need, and scale them. Not only that you can bring in your development teams to work in the environments as needed and control access. Reply
Feb 27, 2012 3:02 PM Andrea from Best Hand Truck Andrea from Best Hand Truck  says:
The access is a bit easy compare to the traditional monitoring.Less time and less expense. Reply
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"CloudShare is a cloud computing provider which enables users to create, replicate and share fully functional IT environments in the Cloud. " Reply
Mar 11, 2012 10:03 AM Jen Jones Jen Jones  says:
IT specialists help build and support websites, run computer networks, grant users access to company databases and systems, upgrade computer software and troubleshoot computer system outages. Reply
Mar 17, 2012 10:03 AM Nada Brown Nada Brown  says:
This tool will definitely give a big break for IT users :D Reply

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