2 CliQr Technologies CliQr CloudCenter Private Cloud - Page 2 Executive Summary virtualization. But business users and developers want more, looking to IT to implement some form of cloud computing to give them a more agile and responsive process for access to the infrastructure they depend on to do their jobs. Cloud computing promises to help IT organizations serve end users with access to infrastructure in just a few clicks. As IT is discovering, though, implementing a private cloud takes a long time and simply providing access to infrastructure on demand is not enough. What business users want is access to secure, managed applications. CliQr CloudCenter is a cloud-agnostic application management platform that helps IT cloud-enable their enterprise. CliQr allows applications to be on-boarded from a physical, virtual, or cloud environment to any public, private, or hybrid machine images. Once deployed, CliQr provides complete runtime management and optimization, including cross-cloud policy-based automation, auto-scaling, and integrated governance that includes security, user and rights management, and more.
3 CliQr Technologies CliQr CloudCenter Private Cloud - Page 3 Introduction Traditionally, businesses have hosted applications in their datacenters running on physical infrastructure, including servers, storage, and networks. Most of these datacenters were sized to accommodate and provide a buffer to with most physical datacenter environments operating at 15 to 20 percent utilization. host to multiple virtual machines (VMs) running within the same physical hosts. This strategy allowed applications to demand self-service access to compute resources in order to handle even larger workloads. To deal with this evolution, businesses need nimble infrastructure services that are elastically scalable, meet on-demand application needs, and provide complete management capabilities. Because of important issues such as security, latency, and cost, many public cloud environments are not well party, and hosted internally or externally. Today organizations have many options for creating a private cloud, such as OpenStack, CloudStack, or VMware. is changing very rapidly and it is not easy to predict the long-term viability of any one of these clouds. This rapid change increases the risks incurred when undergoing a long and expensive private cloud implementation, which Further, an organization might choose more than one private cloud. Using an open source alternative to lower costs might be best used for development or test workloads, while paying for a software license from a vendor with 24/7 support for production environments is common. Regardless of how many private clouds are chosen, to administer them and optimize their utility for the business over time requires application-centric governance and runtime management. Capabilities such as monitoring, metering, policy-driven automation, scale-out/scale- This paper addresses all these topics and is organized as follows: The Challenges to Achieving Success with the Private Cloud The CliQr Approach: Simplifying Your Journey to the Cloud Use Cases for a Private Cloud with CliQr º Use Case 1: Benchmarking º Use Case 2: Detailed Usage Metering º Use Case 3: IT as a Service º Use Case 4: Development and Test Environments º Use Case 5: Cloud Bursting º Use Case 6: Disaster Recovery and High Availability º Use Case 7: Integration with Datacenter-Bound Services Conclusion
4 CliQr Technologies CliQr CloudCenter Private Cloud - Page 4 The Challenges To Achieving Success with Private Cloud The typical enterprise IT organization has hundreds of commercial or customized commercial applications in its portfolio, very few of which have ever been run on a cloud by anyone, ever. This newness is why the process is to understand the business case for migrating, identify which applications should be moved and from which Some examples include: Some examples include: Migration from physical/bare-metal environments tasks. Migration from a virtualized infrastructure to a private cloud service capabilities and automation that private clouds provide. Migration from a public cloud larly, compliance and security requirements might make it necessary to bring an application back in house to a private cloud. Migration from one private cloud to another technologies, and might wish to take advantage of an innovative new capability or platform service that is not available on their current private cloud. Performing the Migration a private cloud environment presents a number of challenges, including: Education practices that need to be followed in order to provide applications with an optimal and stable runtime environment. Learning these APIs and best practices is a time-consuming process for IT staff, and the rapid pace of innovation in most private cloud distributions means that APIs might change frequently. Scripting and recoding are unique to each cloud provider, to support provisioning and storage management, or to trigger events such as auto-scaling or VM aging. Certain types of applications might even require changes at the source-code level. VM Image Provisioning tier in the application (e.g., database, or application tiers). Maintaining and updating these images over time becomes a time-consuming and cumbersome task. Ongoing Management readiness will require organizations to provide security and role-based access and user self-service, as well as handle scenarios such as monitoring, auto-scaling, budgeting, and VM aging to control costs and eliminate VM sprawl. Adding this layer of management can quickly add to the overall cost of development and operations.
5 CliQr Technologies CliQr CloudCenter Private Cloud - Page 5 In addition to providing these management capabilities, organizations with co-located or geographically distributed public or private clouds will need to plan for enabling secure communication between sites. A private cloud deployed in a co-located facility, for instance, might need to interact with licensing or printing facilities still running in the local datacenter. This interaction requires a secure connection between these environments. To securely Seeking a Different Approach to Make Migration Easier These challenges weigh heavily on the minds of CIOs as they consider the risks of undergoing an expensive the cloud. Because of these challenges, many companies have decided to sit on the sidelines and let the cloud landscape mature a bit before jumping in. Or they outsource the migration work by securing experienced professional services teams to help. Bringing in outside expertise might streamline the migration effort, but still leaves them on the cloud of choice. What companies need is a different approach that makes migrating to the cloud easier. The CliQr Approach: Simplifying your journey to the cloud cloud environment. By taking an application-aware view of the cloud that effectively decouples the application and its requirements from the cloud s infrastructure, CliQr provides the portability that is crucial to the long-term This decoupling abstracts out the complexity and implementation details of the underlying cloud provider to deliver a consistent framework for cloud application management and governance. With this approach, no cloud- while ensuring that applications take advantage of the best services available on every cloud. CliQr s CloudCenter platform consists of three main components, which work together to orchestrate and manage applications natively, on any cloud. are cloud-agnostic descriptions of an application architecture and its dependencies, which include: Policy descriptions, such as user and cloud access controls, appropriate scale-out behavior, and other runtime management parameters. Physical hardware minimum requirements (including storage, networking, and compute). CliQr CloudCenter is the front-end user interface that provides a single pane of glass for governance and reporting over applications, clouds, and users. Available in both multi-tenant SaaS and dedicated on-premise installations, from this single pane of glass CloudCenter Manager provides: Policy-driven runtime automation (including auto-scaling, teardown, and VM sprawl or aging control). Lifecycle administration (including on-boarding, testing, benchmarking, publishing to the App Store, patching, and decommissioning).
6 CliQr Technologies CliQr CloudCenter Private Cloud - Page 6 User/application and cloud governance, usage metering, and reporting, and enabling departmental chargeback. CliQr CloudCenter Orchestrators way that conforms to an application s runtime requirements and not the other way around. Once deployed, applications run natively and optimally on the desired cloud with no additional overhead incurred by CliQr. Simplifying Migration and Management with CliQr With CloudCenter Manager and CloudCenter Orchestrators used in either a multi-tenant or private installation, the only labor involved in readying an application to be deployed, benchmarked, managed, and governed using provides several out-of-the-box Application (big compute, enterprise, web, and thick client applications), which accelerates the on-boarding process from hours to minutes, in many cases. scratch, most inherit structure from pre-existing templates for common architectures, including: Instead of cloud-enabling your applications, CliQr automatically application-enables each cloud. N-tier plication cluster, load balancer, front-end cache, etc.), where each tier may be provisioned on a different node such as Oracle EBS and SAP ECC. Cluster set up across all of the cluster nodes. Examples of cluster applications include MPI-based high-performance computing applications and Oracle RAC. Batch a cluster that may be elastically auto-scaled based on policies. Examples of batch applications include gene sequencing, batch-processing documents, regressions, simulations, and video transcoding. Parallel broken into multiple, parallel execution paths and run across an elastic cloud cluster. Examples of applications that can run in a parallel mode include gene sequencing and engineering simulations. Cloud-Delivered Thick Client
7 CliQr Technologies CliQr CloudCenter Private Cloud - Page 7 - Examples of thick client applications include design/graphics rendering, modeling suites, and engineering or semiconductor layout editors. Custom Tier Examples of custom tier applications include Seibel with Oracle database and Seibel with SQL Server. frequently used and well-known application types, allowing complicated applications to be include: LAMP Ruby-on-Rails web apps MPI applications Hadoop information needed to orchestrate and manage Provisioning CliQr CloudCenter on your Private Cloud CliQr provides a CloudCenter Orchestrator for most popular private clouds, including OpenStack, CloudStack, and VMware. Available as a small virtual appliance, CloudCenter Orchestrator is easily deployed on supported private clouds and then registered with CloudCenter Manager. Once complete, CloudCenter can then manage private cloud VMs. image mappings, CliQr provides a way to meter and track runtime costs broken down by user, application, or location for purposes of showback or chargeback reporting. In addition to broad out-of-box support for the most popular clouds, CliQr can also create CloudCenter Orchestrators for other private clouds. After an application is deployed, CliQr continues to manage and optimize the application at runtime using cloud- balancing. These capabilities are accomplished using a lightweight CliQr monitoring agent running on deployed By entering in the fully loaded cost of private cloud images, IT can provide the business with granular showback/chargeback reporting by user, application, cloud, and region.
8 CliQr Technologies CliQr CloudCenter Private Cloud - Page 8 cloud resources. CliQr can also integrate with other third-party monitoring solutions to trigger actions based on other metrics as well. Deployment and Orchestration Before an application can be orchestrated on a cloud, essential application binaries using a proprietary, easy-to-use, and highly secured shared cloud storage. CliQr CloudCenter supports most popular private clouds, including those based on CloudStack, OpenStack, and VMware. CliQr also provides a powerful SDK to allow new private clouds to be added to the platform. Use Cases for a Private Cloud with CliQr in the following examples. Use Case One: Benchmarking pricing. Discovering which instance types yield the best price-performance ratio is an important consideration when making cloud selections. applications in an automated, portable, and repeatable way. This ability provides a clear view of key price, performance, and other application-centric metrics to identify the best cloud provider, region, and instance Once benchmarking is complete, CliQr will surface that information at deployment time to help you and your users choose the best provider based on business need. CliQr allows companies to automate benchmarking of applications across instance types, regions, or entire clouds in a programmatic fashion. CliQr provides transparency around every application s best execution venue to make sure business requirements are met.
9 CliQr Technologies CliQr CloudCenter Private Cloud - Page 9 Use Case Two: Detailed Usage Metering for Showback/Chargeback Most cloud environments monitor server-level resource meter the cloud more granularly on a per-application or per-user basis so that an IT department can implement cloud governance and administrative processes such as chargebacks for virtualized datacenters. CliQr provides this needed detailed metering that, when CliQr provides comprehensive licensing, pricing, and metering capabilities application and user. CliQr can also integrate with existing combined with fully burdened per-vm costs, gives IT visibility into the cost of operations to enable departmental billing systems, or take payment via credit card or purchase order. showback/chargeback. Even better, administrators can also set up policies to restrict an application and/or a user s consumption of cloud resources based on budgetary or other restrictions. Use Case Three: IT as a Service - Center bridges the gap between consumers and on-demand infrastructure with a user-friendly App Store that enables a centrally governed IT as a Service (ITaaS) environment. The CliQr CloudCenter App Store provides users with secure, personalized point-and click access to permitted apps and clouds. Users can review, deploy, manage, and retire applications in just a few clicks. CliQr provides a user-friendly, personalized App Store to give users self-service access to allowed applications and clouds. CliQr CloudCenter supports an IT as a Service operating model with: Streamlined, self-service IT capabilities to accelerate application delivery. The ability to promote new or enhanced applications to external customers, internal users, or lines of business. Personalized App Store listings by user, group, and cloud. Use Case Four: Development and Test Environments Managing application development/test (dev/test) workloads has not always been a top priority for IT operations teams, who are primarily concerned about stability and performance of the production environments. In many tion. By enabling a completely governed ITaaS environment, CliQr s private App Store provides developers with nism drastically reduces the amount of time it takes to create and tear down a complete dev/test environment.
10 CliQr Technologies CliQr CloudCenter Private Cloud - Page 10 Use Case Five: Cloud Bursting As businesses focus on data-driven models to optimize decisions and investments, they are increasingly looking at the cloud to run scalable big data/big compute, web, and high-performance computing applications. Unpre- have idle servers most of the time, buy too little and starve the business. benchmarking capabilities of CloudCenter, allows IT to cloud burst applications from one cloud environment to another based on the desired characteristics of the target cloud, such as cost or performance. Use Case Six: Disaster Recovery and High-Availability While datacenter consolidation has reduced the number of required servers, businesses still have to maintain multiple instances of their applications and data in different locations to comply with service-level agreements and to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster. Technically the cloud offers an excellent platform to maintain high availability of applications, but in practical terms, disaster recovery/high availability is a daunting task to achieve on the cloud. With CliQr, organizations can provide cross-cloud disaster recovery for their private cloud by replicating data seamless data syncing between clouds enables one-click-and-switch cold disaster recovery capabilities to private cloud sites were somehow taken down at the same time. Use Case Seven: Integration with Datacenter-Bound Services Real-world enterprise-class application deployments often require connections to other applications, data sources, and services that reside on-premise or on a different cloud. Securely integrating these hybrid cloud to an entire corporate network. CliQr CloudCenter Connect is a secure service proxy that allows businesses to automatically and selectively access applications and private cloud services (including database, Flex/LM, SSO, and printing) securely from services residing in an on-premise private cloud or on a bare-metal environment to be easily accessed from co-located/external private or public clouds.
11 CliQr Technologies CliQr CloudCenter Private Cloud - Page 11 Conclusion By automating routine tasks, Private clouds can be a boon to IT productivity and way IT can move, manage and secure applications from physical or virtual environments onto Private clouds. Using CliQr, these Private cloud deployments are highly manageable and support additional and coordinated Private, Public and hybrid cloud deployments and related business use cases. Unlike other migration tools and approaches, CliQr makes it unnecessary to box with support for a broad range of application types. CliQr provides a powerful runtime-management platform that delivers visibility and control into users, groups, applications, and clouds.
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