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Top 6 Cloud Changes Demanding a New Generation of Management Tools


Top 6 Cloud Changes Demanding a New Generation of Management Tools


In the cloud, many more events take place dynamically. The new conditions of running systems in cloud creates a demand for a new generation of monitoring and automation tools. Recently we explored the conditions changing the nature of tools that IT operatoins needs, in our post, Forget Tool Improvements! Today's Systems Management Needs A New Generation Of Tools. So here’s a list of some of the top changes happening with cloud that demands new tools for management.

1. Overwhelming Amount of Activity

There are too many events, inundating the management console with information, drowning the operators in data, both critical and non-essential. The use of virtualization creates a dynamic capacity pool of resources that needs to be monitored and managed in a completely new way.

2. Automatic Provisioning/Deprovisioning

The cloud automatically adds and removes machines available in the system, dynamically reconfiguring a Cloud. Automated provisioning and deprovisioning uses various methods to deploy and set up required configurations (virtual images, scripts, templates, desired configuration policies etc.), relying on complicated scripts to automatically and simultaneously set up virtual machines.

3. Cloud Elasticity

Virtual machines can be spun off on one server or another, and even on different brands of hypervisors. Resource management is elastic, automatically scaling up and down computing resources.

4. Abstraction

With server virtualization obscuring the relationship between hardware and workloads, administrators just can't see their computing resources as before. Instead of having servers, software, applications and storage dedicated to certain tasks, all of these elements are abstracted to both the users and even IT managers.

5. Administration

Both the growth in systems transitioned to the cloud and the high rate of changes following a these transition demands that IT operations spend more and more time on the administration of changes distribution.

6. Lack Business Service Perspective

Currently, cloud resource management systems focus on the control of the infrastructure, where resources are allocated on a real-time basis according to a predefined set of rules. This happens without any understanding of the business services using the allocated resources.

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What are some of the challenges that you see demanding a new toolset for managing change in the modern data center?
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Martin Perlin