Implement your private cloud with IBM SmartCloud Entry

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I was inspired to write this post after attending an IBM Pulse 2014 session presented by Philippe Labussière, cloud director at Sogeti, and Guilhaume Garcia, cloud IT specialist from the IBM Client Center in Montpellier, France.

By demonstrating a live environment managing four different clouds, they showed us how easy cloud usage could be. So on this point, we can say that the marketing message “Deploy your service in four clicks” is exactly the reality. The user experience is explained in the following:

1. Connect to the portal
2. Choose a service in the catalog
3. Customize the deployment accessing the options configured by the administrator
4. Launch the deployment

Think about all that happens under the cover and how it can be different if you deploy on VMware, IBM Power Systems, KVM or HyperV.

From an administrator point of view, the product installation takes a few minutes, and the connection to the different virtualization manager is a very straightforward process. For example, to integrate a VMware managed environment, you just have to give the address of the vSphere server, along with the credentials to access it.

Obviously, the prerequisite for this is to have a virtualization management up and running. Then with IBM SmartCloud Entry, you will be able to create users, projects, accounts and define the default parameters for your clouds and projects. Among parameters you can specify for clouds and projects are the expiration date of services, the approval process and the charging model.

After those demonstrations, I got the following testimony from the speakers:

From Philippe Labussière, Sogeti: “For me, SmartCloud Entry brings industrialization, which allows use of provisioning functionalities in a very easy manner. By quickly deploying environments, we were able to address simple use cases giving a great value for customers. By the way, SmartCloud Entry allows building the foundations of an IaaS cloud, which can be then reintegrated into SmartCloud Orchestrator due OpenStack support. Last but not least, SmartCloud Entry provides well-integrated support for national languages allowing very quick internationalization.”

From IBM IT specialist Guilhaume Garcia: “For me, SmartCloud Entry is the ideal tool for the IT administrators who have to handle multiple users’ requests on a great variety of platforms. The self service portal, which provides the main functionalities to manage a private cloud, allows the administrators to delegate part of their day to day activities while still keeping the control.”

For many years now, Sogeti and IBM have established a strong partnership around the cloud value proposal based on IBM technologies and Sogeti integration and service experience.

After experimentation of various propositions, Sogeti came to the conclusion that IBM PureFlex System was the right platform to support their production environment, as well as their demonstration environment. As demonstrated in another session during Pulse, Sogeti has explained how they moved from virtualization management to cloud management for their own infrastructure.

After the move to SmartCloud Entry, Sogeti has a plan to deploy IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator to address more complex service deployment and automate all its deployment through this technology.

Lesson learned: The technology to start a cloud very quickly exists. As a user, the only thing you have to think about is how you can leverage those capabilities to reduce the gap between business users and IT users. Try SmartCloud Entry now.

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