by: Richard Bourdeau, VP Marketing, DynamicOps
Time to value is a critical success factor in management buy-in and deployment of a private cloud infrastructure. If the cost to deploy and maintain a private cloud manager is too high it could not only delay the breakeven point relative to the cost to deploy the solution, it could also dramatically reduce the overall return on a private cloud investment. Sadly, it could also mean that you never get your cloud off the ground.
Agents add complexity
Know this, initial installation and deployment of the standard configuration should take no more than a few hours if the prerequisites are in place and the deployment is planned correctly. If the solution requires the deployment of agents on physical host or virtual machines this not only complicates the deployment, but also the ongoing maintenance of your deployment.
Making pieces & parts work together
Another factor that contributes to complexity is the number of products required to deploy the solution. Many of today’s offerings are a collection of loosely coupled products acquired over time with different architectures and databases. You know, big company acquires little company making their niche solution part of their big solution that you just cannot deploy without. Making them work together smoothly can be like putting together a child’s toy on Christmas Eve. Some assembly required? More like an all-nighter with the wrong size allen wrench! I’m not saying that you will find one tool that will provide all your private cloud management needs. No one tool can do everything. However the tool you use to automate private cloud service management should be based on a common foundation that allows for the rapid integration of other components regardless if they are offered by your management vendor or not.
Working with what you already have
Deployment simplicity is important for companies that want standard off-the-shelf capabilities, as well as for companies who want custom integration with their existing ecosystem of tools and processes. If armies of people are required to deliver a custom solution, this not only significantly increases the cost, it adds risk and delays the time to value.
In upcoming entries of this series we will discuss how multi-vendor integration and rapid ecosystem integration are essential to allow you to continue to work with your prior investments and will assist in keeping deployment simple.
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