How to manage cloud workloads and resources from the data center

Last updated:January 2014

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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 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.

1Data 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?

2Cloud workload 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 platforms keep cloud workloads running efficiently.

3Hybrid 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.