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How to manage cloud resources from the data center

Managing workloads that reside in the cloud and the data center poses specific problems. Enterprises are solving these problems and managing their workloads with a combination of strategic planning and tool selection.

A hybrid cloud can cause management complications. Hybrid environments can be unpredictable and unspecifiable because some workloads live in the public cloud, some use on-premises, and some do both. Although the hybrid approach to cloud computing provides scalability and cost-effectiveness, the spread of hardware-based, virtualized and cloud-based workloads makes it hard to get all your workload management information into one interface.

This guide will help data center managers make cloud computing decisions for the enterprise, suss out the costs of a hybrid cloud environment and make smart management tool choices.

Learn to grow in the cloud

1. Cloud computing decisions

With the introduction of a hybrid cloud come more options. Figuring out which hybrid cloud deployment is best for your data center can be stressful, but the right choice will make a big difference.

  • Should data center managers consider cloud computing?

    Experts weigh in on whether data center managers should contemplate cloud computing, and under what circumstances. Learn where to use cloud computing, the risks that may occur, and whether or not it is useful at all.

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  • Considering data center resource options

    New technologies, security threats and compliance requirements place an increased demand on data centers. When building new data centers is out of the question, it is time to contemplate new possibilities, such as consolidation and outsourcing.

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  • Building up hybrid cloud with virtual data center services

    Hosting providers are adding sophisticated management features to their Infrastructure as a Service and managed service offerings, giving users a combination of cloud resource control and support.

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  • How to integrate hybrid cloud into corporate data centers

    Business use of hybrid cloud computing is evolving alongside public and private cloud options. Administrators need to know where workloads should live, how to manage the hybrid cloud and the best ways to change the distribution of workloads.

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  • How private and public clouds get along

    Enterprises should select public cloud options that most closely match their private cloud deployment, to simplify hybrid cloud management. Follow these five guidelines for keeping the mixed clouds in sync and happy.

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  • What deployment model works for your IT shop?

    Hybrid clouds will be in the majority for large-enterprise IT by 2017, Gartner Inc. predicts, so the choice is no longer private or public cloud, but what your hybrid cloud deployment model looks like.

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  • Easing PaaS and SaaS integration with hybrid cloud computing

    Hybrid cloud deployment elevates the integration capabilities for internal IT resources, making it easier to integrate Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) tools.

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  • Virtualization, cloud and SDN modernize data centers

    Trends such as mobile computing have altered how enterprises work. To modernize, data center managers must adopt new technologies. This article examines the technologies that will bring data centers into the modern world of IT.

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How much does that cost?

2. Data center costs in a hybrid cloud model

Data centers rack up major costs; that's no secret. A hybrid cloud might be better for your budget, but that also might mean making sacrifices. Does a hybrid cloud model mean saving more or spending more?

  • Centralized or decentralized? You decide

    Cloud computing options allow enterprises to get away from IT's control -- but will this move be permanent? New challenges and inadequacies facing management may return power to IT teams, and these changes all affect data center costs.

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  • Taking advantage of cost models to get more for your cloud money

    Implementing cloud computing can positively affect your costs and budget, removing capital expenditures. Kris Bliesner, CEO of 2nd Watch, proposed a few tips on getting the most out of the cloud cost model at the Modern Infrastructure Decisions conference in New York.

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  • Myths of on-premises vs. cloud cost savings

    It's no secret that data centers want to save money. With underutilized servers, applications can create unnecessarily higher costs. Where are the actual savings of offloading your data center infrastructure and workloads onto the cloud? Tom Nolle identifies how to raise average use levels and ultimately lower costs.

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Making it all work

3. Cloud management choices for the data center

With the hybrid cloud model in the mix, new concerns arise in the world of data center management. New networking opportunities, choosing between IT infrastructure strategies, and syncing up service-level agreements (SLAs) across cloud platforms keep workloads running efficiently.

  • Networking choices for cloud deployments

    Cloud networking affects network infrastructure management, such as how an enterprise handles Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) decryption. Has your business offloaded resources to a third-party cloud hosting service? This article provides network security, administration and cost choices for cloud adopters.

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  • How to best support as-a-Service operations

    Infrastructure, Platform and other as-a-Service offerings require flexible underlying resources that can scale up as needed. Options range from a fleet of servers to private cloud on a converged infrastructure to public cloud hosting.

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  • Don't dilute SLAs when ramping up hybrid cloud

    Applications often rely on private and public cloud resources. Don't allow the established SLA for your private cloud to fall apart when it meets a cloud service SLA.

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  • No escaping familiar issues like capacity planning

    While hybrid cloud solves some problems for IT shops, others remain the same, with a new platform to consider.

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The right tools for the job

4. Hybrid cloud management tools

You've implemented hybrid cloud; so, what's next? This section covers the tools that data center managers can consider to optimize productivity. The right tools and platforms can help make hybrid cloud management transparent, eliminating frustration and confusion.