Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Carmen Gonzalez, Liz McMillan

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Java IoT, Microservices Expo, Containers Expo Blog, Agile Computing

@CloudExpo: Article

Overcoming the Hurdles to Create a Dynamic Cloud Environment

The ideal cloud system will suit an organization’s current needs while also providing flexibility for changing circumstances

Some people might think of cloud adoption as a marathon: a set distance to a clear goal, where keeping focus and maintaining a steady pace will ensure a winning outcome. While there is an element of truth to that, I consider the implementation process more of an obstacle course, with traps and pitfalls that can easily deter a careless competitor. I have seen all too many businesses jump into the trend of cloud computing without taking the time to make a plan outlining what they want to achieve in the short term while also keeping an eye on the future. The ideal cloud computing system will suit an organization's current needs while also providing flexibility for changing circumstances.

It's no secret that the cloud offers a tremendous variety of benefits to businesses of all sizes. It changes the static, inefficient data center into a dynamic service provider while providing high availability, scalability and better compliance with regulations. With constantly changing business requirements, and the rapid evolution of technology, that makes the cloud an ideal technology.

Whether you are just beginning to consider cloud implementation or are currently taking advantage of the benefits it has to offer, you should always take the opportunity to plan your cloud deployment intelligently in order to improve your service delivery and create a dynamic IT environment.

Planning for Agility
One challenge organizations face is the delivery of services, particularly new services for customers. Traditionally, IT services can take weeks, if not months, to deliver, which can be too late when responding to current market conditions. In order to quickly address the needs of employees and customers by delivering services automatically, you need to develop an agile service delivery environment to provide needed resources to users as quickly as possible. To successfully achieve this foundational step in a cloud implementation, you should strive to meet these goals:

  • User self-service: One of the most important, measurable benefits of the cloud is the speed the self-service catalog portal offers in creating new services.
  • Adherence to best practices for provisioning: Virtual machines need enough resources allocated to ensure availability without creating inefficiencies.
  • Optimized service placement: Lower capital costs are a key cloud objective, requiring intelligent policy-based placement of services to optimize resource utilization and available capacity.
  • Automated provisioning: Automating repetitive IT tasks minimizes human error to ensure consistent performance while speeding service delivery.
  • Administration dashboard: Employing central controls and reporting across the cloud lifecycle makes it easier for IT to address issues as they arise and simplify reporting tasks.
  • Automated showback or chargeback: Tracking and showing the value of or even charging back for service usage supports better decision-making and capacity keeping pace with needs.

Efficiency Through Automation
With the infrastructure foundation laid, the next step is to refine the system. Inefficiencies in the environment can arise, causing difficulties in keeping up with service requests. Automating repetitive tasks reduces operating expenses while improving service delivery. Creating and maintaining the policies and templates used to automate ongoing service and resource management is the next step to an efficient cloud. You should keep the following benefits in mind when implementing this automation:

  • Automated workload consolidation migrations: Continual evaluation and automatic migration of hypervisor VM workloads through policies maximizes resource utilization based on actual usage and demand, eliminating VM sprawl.
  • Power management: Policies can be created that allow the system to automatically shift workloads to minimize power usage.
  • Automated incident response: With the right policies in place, the cloud system can set custom actions based on specific events, improving response time and reducing operational costs.
  • Auto cloud resource reservations: To onboard new groups to the cloud, support critical service SLAs, and avoid service disruption for maintenance, you need a future reservations capability to guarantee resources and auto place or migrate other services away from them at specific times.

Adaptability for the Future
With an automated and intelligent cloud initiative deployed, the final step is to improve adaptability. Today's cloud will not necessarily meet tomorrow's needs, and you don't want your system to become a liability as business needs continue to evolve and change. While a static cloud environment might be easier to implement, service levels and high utilization will need to be maintained despite fluctuating requirements. In making the final transition to a mature, effective cloud deployment, you should look to implement these capabilities:

  • Automated workload-balancing migrations: Ongoing monitoring of service performance and policy-based auto migration of hypervisor VM workloads ensures SLAs are met as usage and demand changes for services.
  • Resource flexing: As service demands change, it's important to increase and decrease resource allocations, to continue meeting SLAs.
  • Cloudbursting elasticity: If resource demands exceed current capacity, an overflow needs to be available to handle additional requests, whether through additional internal cloud resources or outside services. As the demand drops, the system should automatically migrate workloads back to local cloud resources.
  • Self-healing ability: In the event of a service failure, cloud policies need to be able to respond by auto-migrating workloads before the disruption becomes severe enough to impact SLAs and even auto re-provisioning or rebooting the resources to repair them.

To create an efficient, robust cloud implementation, your organization needs to ensure that it can quickly provision resources as needed, efficiently handle tasks while minimizing the need for manual interference, and retain the ability to adjust resource allocation as needed. Take a logical approach in setting up the system, and create intelligent policies that allow the system to automatically respond to events. You should ensure you have end-to-end cloud management platform that provides a range of workload optimization policies, a self-service catalog, automated provisioning, usage show back or chargeback, service resources monitoring, a cloud operations database, and reporting. This will speed time-to-value and enable the cloud to not only streamline operations, but actually improve ongoing efficiency while reducing costs and preparing for future needs.

More Stories By Robert A. Clyde

Robert A. Clyde is CEO of Adaptive Computing. A recognized industry leader, he has over 25 years’ experience as an enterprise software executive with demonstrated leadership success at startup companies to large companies, including Symantec and Axent Technologies. An internet security pioneer and innovator, he is credited with the creation of the first commercial intrusion detection system and led the business unit that developed and brought to market the first security compliance product. As CTO at Symantec, Rob defined Symantec’s technology strategy and was a key part of the management team that drove the company to grow from slightly under $1B in revenue to over $5B in five years. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for Telligent and PasswordBank.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
SYS-CON Events announced today that A&I Solutions has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 1999, A&I Solutions is a leading information technology (IT) software and services provider focusing on best-in-class enterprise solutions. By partnering with industry leaders in technology, A&I assures customers high performance levels across all IT environments including: mai...
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
Five years ago development was seen as a dead-end career, now it’s anything but – with an explosion in mobile and IoT initiatives increasing the demand for skilled engineers. But apart from having a ready supply of great coders, what constitutes true ‘DevOps Royalty’? It’ll be the ability to craft resilient architectures, supportability, security everywhere across the software lifecycle. In his keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Jeffrey Scheaffer, GM and SVP, Continuous Delivery Busine...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Progress, a global leader in application development, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Enterprises today are rapidly adopting the cloud, while continuing to retain business-critical/sensitive data inside the firewall. This is creating two separate data silos – one inside the firewall and the other outside the firewall. Cloud ISVs ofte...
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real r...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Systena America will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Systena Group has been in business for various software development and verification in Japan, US, ASEAN, and China by utilizing the knowledge we gained from all types of device development for various industries including smartphones (Android/iOS), wireless communication, security technology and IoT serv...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CollabNet, a global leader in enterprise software development, release automation and DevOps solutions, will be a Bronze Sponsor of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, taking place from June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CollabNet offers a broad range of solutions with the mission of helping modern organizations deliver quality software at speed. The company’s latest innovation, the DevOps Lifecycle Manager (DLM), supports Value S...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Peak 10, Inc., a national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus intern...
The 21st International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding busin...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Enzu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Enzu’s mission is to be the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions worldwide. Enzu enables online businesses to use its IT infrastructure to their competitive ad...
Everywhere we turn in our industry we can find strong opinions about the direction, type and nature of cloud’s impact on computing and business. Another word that is used in every context in our industry is “hybrid.” In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Alvaro Gonzalez, Director of Technical, Partner and Field Marketing at Peak 10, will use a combination of a few conceptual props and some research recently commissioned by Peak 10 to offer a real-world consideration of how the various categories of...
In his opening keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Michael Maximilien, Research Scientist, Architect, and Engineer at IBM, will motivate why realizing the full potential of the cloud and social data requires artificial intelligence. By mixing Cloud Foundry and the rich set of Watson services, IBM's Bluemix is the best cloud operating system for enterprises today, providing rapid development and deployment of applications that can take advantage of the rich catalog of Watson services to help drive insigh...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
Multiple data types are pouring into IoT deployments. Data is coming in small packages as well as enormous files and data streams of many sizes. Widespread use of mobile devices adds to the total. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the tools and environments that are being put to use in IoT deployments, as well as the team skills a modern enterprise IT shop needs to keep things running, get a handle on all this data, and deli...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm.