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Data Center: Secrets to Creating an Elastic Infrastructure

1 Oct 2015 by Howard M Cohen

Just because your customer has their own data center doesn’t mean they don’t need your cloud services.

Data centers are always in a race with the businesses they serve. As they rise to support operations, requirements expand. In many cases, projects wait while the data center manager orders more servers, storage and other equipment, and deploys it. In all cases, this incurs more cost. In some cases, the equipment serves its purpose and may sit idle for a long time after that. Next year’s budget is often severely impacted because your customers are not making efficient use of the equipment they already have.

Borrowing capacity

You can help your customers avoid this scenario by lending them some capacity.

Whether you use your own infrastructure or that of a major provider (i.e., Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, IBM, etc.), your customer can connect to the service and provision more storage, more servers and more of whatever other resources they need.

Using Active Directory Federation Services, for example, customers can make the cloud servers and storage look like they’re part of the on-premises infrastructure and manage them more easily.

This is an example of hybrid cloud in action. No matter how many host servers your customer manages in their data center, you or they simply provision new enterprise-grade virtual machines in the cloud as needed. With most services, you can bring over existing virtual machines or create new ones. You control DNS, subnets, firewall policies, private Internet Protocol addresses and more.

On most cloud services, you can run Windows or Linux, and enterprise apps such as SAP, Oracle, SQL and Hadoop in their own Virtual Machines (VMs).

Scaling quickly

Back to our original concern: Growing your data center rapidly. Need more VMs? Just provision them. Need more storage, processing power, memory or other resources?  They’re available on demand. No equipment to order, or time to wait for delivery or deployment.  And, of course, you won’t be worried about establishing redundancy to assure business continuity or support disaster recovery. The larger cloud-service players and most of the smaller ones feature redundant servers and storage — even redundant data centers — to assure constant data integrity.

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