Hybrid Cloud Computing Solutions

The Optimal Balance Between Cost & Performance

The Hybrid Cloud has emerged as our world now demands more data, faster transactions, and reliable access.

A hybrid cloud promises to optimize application workloads, so they meet their performance levels without over provisioning infrastructure or throttling users.  The hybrid cloud allows organizations to place their application workloads in locations that provide the best balance between performance and cost.  To gain the most from the hybrid cloud must support application workload mobility.  By providing this mobility, applications can take advantage of cost and performance benefits from centralized data centers, colocation facilities, public clouds, and Edge computing seamlessly as needed.

How to Tame the Hybrid Cloud

While the concept and promise of a Hybrid Cloud is viable and exciting, actually architecting it, building it, and managing it is not that intuitive.  Organizations now potentially have hundreds of thousands of devices, millions of associated attributes, processing hundreds of millions of transactions every day.

How does one capture and tame the Hybrid Cloud?

  • Automate as much as you can, and keep automating
  • Track everything, always
  • Audit, Analyze, and Report

Nlyte’s approach to taming the Hybrid Cloud extends the reach of classic Data Center Infrastructure Management across the entire compute infrastructure.  Nlyte’s Automated DCIM and Machine Learning provide the visibility, management, automation, and advanced analytics needed to achieve application workload optimization across the Hybrid Cloud.

  • Finding and inventorying every networked asset and all associated attributes
  • Mapping dependencies between devices, network connections, and application workloads
  • Tracking asset and environmental changes planned and unplanned
  • Delivering inventory, operating status, change notifications and alarms
  • Automating workflows, managing their progress, and providing an audit trail of all activity
  • Sharing information with and between other critical systems including BMS, ITSM, and Finance

See how Nlyte can provide you the visibility and management of your computing infrastructure from Facilities to Hybrid Cloud and provide a single source of truth for all of your BMS, ITSM, and Financial systems.

Components of the Hybrid Cloud

Centralized Data Centers
Private Clouds
Colocation Providers
Edge Computing
Public Cloud

 

Centralized data centers typically house Tier 1 applications where the specific infrastructure can be controlled, unlike a public cloud.  They also house legacy applications running on systems that cannot be ported to a cloud environment like those running on mainframes.  An organization’s data center is a fixed asset and retains value.  It can be more expensive to move applications out of a data center versus the depreciation of an underutilized data center.

Nlyte’s Data Center Infrastructure Management - DCIM software solution automates the management of all your assets, resources, processes and people throughout the entire lifecycle of your compute infrastructure.  Nlyte helps you understand the cost of a workload and evaluate the optimal placement across your hybrid cloud.

 

Private Clouds can be looked at in two ways.  You can say a Private Cloud is a traditional internal data center with a self-service interface that allows users to manage and provision assets and resources within that “data center infrastructure.” The other way to look at it is as a true cloud with the same characteristics and behaviors as a public cloud, only behind the organization’s firewall.  The nuances are somewhat semantics and somewhat how the private cloud was built, retrofit, or ground up.

Nlyte’s Data Center Infrastructure Management - DCIM software solution automates the management of all your assets, resources, processes, and people throughout the entire lifecycle of your compute infrastructure.  In the highly virtualized Private Cloud, Nlyte connects with all major hypervisors to help:

  • Reduced complexity and cost of managing a virtualized data center. Changes migrate automatically and continuously.
  • Increased control and optimization of both physical and virtual resources, no need to use multiple management systems and manual and time-consuming processes to coordinate the views.
  • Provide clear identification of Guests & Hosts during outages and support to assure that affected applications have contingency plans.
  • Reduces risk during moves, adds, and decommissions by showing the higher-level instances that may be affected by hardware changes.
  • Reduced MTTR by quickly determining the rack location of the physical server, the virtual machine, or its host is running on.

 

The top colocation benefits for an organization are: it addresses the need to expand or build new data centers, provides a greater range of high-bandwidth connectivity options, and can deliver Edge computing benefits by placing workloads closer to the need.  Typically, colocation providers also provide higher reliability and security than an organization’s owned data centers.  And, unlike a public cloud, the colocation facility allows organizations to maintain full control over their equipment.

Nlyte’s DCIM solution for colocation, hosting, or managed cloud providers benefits both the hosting company and its tenants. With real-time monitoring the provider is empowered to discover stranded data center power and space capacity to sell for added revenue, while tenants enjoy transparency into their usage information.

As computing capacity at edge nodes grows, the demand for large, centralized pools of processing resources within data centers shrinks. This is a paradigm shift, much like how the shift from mainframes to distributed client systems had disrupted the market. As high transaction low latency demands from retailers, self-driving vehicles, and other IoT devices drive computing resources, Edge computing is evolving in colocation facilities, server closets, PoPs, and other small remote locations.

Nlyte Edge extends Nlyte DCIM's visualization and reporting capabilities beyond the data center to include edge devices, such as data closets, devices in remote branch locations, energy infrastructure, and office lighting. Nlyte Command Center makes it possible for operators to remotely control IT and facility devices.

 

Typically, an enterprise chooses a public cloud to host and access compute instances, storage resources, or other services, such as big data analytics clusters or serverless compute capabilities, including born-in-the-cloud and SaaS applications.  They provide and create demand for DevOp environments while providing the greatest elasticity for spinning up and down computing resources to support demand.  However, an enterprise has no direct control over the architecture of a public cloud, so, for hybrid cloud deployments, it must architect its private cloud to achieve compatibility with the desired public cloud or clouds. This architecture involves the implementation of suitable hardware within the data center, including servers, storage, a local area network (LAN), and load balancers.

Nlyte provides the ability to assess the owned and leased assets across their entire lifecycle and apply that to a given application workload.  This insight allows an organization to assess performance and cost to place workloads in the most optimal and economic place.  Also, Nlyte’s Asset Explorer can track application instances and user licenses within the Public Cloud to ensure license and entitlements are in check.