Enterprises that use cloud computing do so today with the mistaken belief that a cloud platform is infinitely elastic. They believe that capacity will be available as and when needed, even in the absence of proper resource management and capacity planning. This kind of resource management calls on the need for heterogeneous support across a broad spectrum of resources, to address workloads that may be unfamiliar to enterprise IT. IT also requires capacity planning in advance to mitigate the costs of over or under provisioning key resources.
In the short run, things may still appear to be manageable for the enterprise, where the initial scope of cloud computing may be small and when it is used for familiar applications. However, things can go awry very quickly when the enterprise starts to scale its cloud computing operations in support of disparate, mission critical applications.
HP Cloud Management intelligent resource utilization offers further resource management, for the multi-hypervisor, multi-vendor support of HP/non-HP products. IT administrators can now create one or multiple resource pools consisting of specific resource providers, with each pool providing an accurate reading of usage. It reports capacity and utilization from all of these resource pools, prior to automatically provisioning services based on resource capacity and utilization levels.
By operating with this same open, extensible architecture HP Cloud Management can now work with multiple third party products. This allows for a best of breed approach to augment specialized partner functionalities and support specific activities. This includes the use of an intelligent policy-based cloud workload management system to help IT administrators better understand performance targets, to proactively (automatically) take actions to comply with service-level agreements (SLAs).
Capacity planning when optimizing workloads
Capacity planning plays a critical part to ensure that enterprises are getting the performance and functionality they need from the consumed resource providers. Now you can sustain day-to-day business operations, within the budget allocated - not more or less. And as the resources available to IT evolve, so does capacity planning. The need to ensure proper workflows are in place to manage these new assets also increases, so does the need for new services to be spun up at an appropriate speed.