Cloud in a box: Better than a free lunch?

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It’s been said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But imagine a world where you get to reap the benefits of an elastic, cost-effective IT infrastructure like cloud, without having to spend hours on end. The sounds pretty close to a free lunch to me.

Setting up a cloud data center is a humongous ongoing task, and managing one is even tougher—whether you’re integrating disparate systems, monitoring or troubleshooting.

A typical cloud infrastructure set up involves integrating disparate systems networked together. Challenges in setting up a cloud include:

  • Varied skill sets needed to set up the infrastructure
  • Surveying existing infrastructure and making modifications to existing infrastructure
  • Purchasing and installing software (for provisioning and management of resources)
  • Integrating all the components (hardware and software)

Even in a traditional data center, more than 65 percent of IT budgets in the least efficient data centers (traditional) are spent on maintaining existing infrastructure.

(PDF: IBM PureSystems: A family of expert integrated systems)

When you get into the details of cloud infrastructure management, it gets murkier.

Typical challenges of IT infrastructure management include:

  • Incident management
  • System availability
  • Security management
  • Maintaining the level of firmware and software

These get magnified 1000 times in the cloud, with thousands of systems intricately networked, thousands of users utilizing the system, in addition to unpredictable and varying work loads.

A cloud infrastructure management has to also cope with the challenge of provisioning, managing and deploying resources efficiently on demand. And when you host a software as a service (SaaS) based offering, the SLAs for system availability, patch management and the like are highly stringent.

Why does all this matter to you anyway? Should you be bogged down by these details?

You might wonder why this would be a problem, when there are numerous cloud data centers (private, public, hosted private and more) available.  Well,  it is not a problem for those using the available services. But for those providing the cloud data center, it still is a concern. And you would not want every application to be up in public cloud; you might want to set up and maintain your own cloud.

In cases where you want to quickly set up your own cloud and get going, IBM PureSystems offerings can be a boon. IBM PureSystems offerings capture and automate industry best practices and expertise. This reduces the manual effort and  time required to set up an infrastructure. PureSystems offerings have patterns  (a set of pre-integrated and optimized  configurations ) for cloud, that help quick and easy adoption of cloud. It is inherently well suited for the cloud environment, owing to its capability to:

  • Cut life-cycle maintenance time
  • Elastically adapt to work loads
  • High system availability

You can pick and choose various pre-integrated expert system patterns depending on the requirement. For example: If you are looking at developing and/or hosting a mobile application on cloud, you could look at IBM Mobile Application Platform Pattern.

Once you have chosen the solution, the setup is just a few clicks away. You would need to purchase the required solution pattern, log in to the PureSystem offering’s console and install the patterns with a few clicks. Since it is all pre-integrated by design, there are no integration and other set up hassles.

As one customer puts it:

“PureSystems is the most advanced integrated cloud solution in the market. ” — Panos Konstantinidis, Co-Founder and Business Strategy Director, OneTree Solutions

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Looks like there really is “free lunch” after all.

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