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Improve hardware ROI with easier cloud provisioning: Converged infrastructure use case

Posted by Anuj Tuli on Aug 24, 2016 9:20:21 AM

hybrid cloud environmentDid you know that some businesses use cloud seeding – and I do mean actual clouds – to improve business by modifying the weather? It sounds like something out of a comic book, but really it’s much less menacing. Airports, for example, may sometimes do this to reduce fog in the area, and some ski resorts use it occasionally to induce snowfall.

Just like these companies who seed clouds to improve business, we in the IT industry need to seed and feed the Cloud to make it viable for consumption by the business. We do this by adding the underlying hardware infrastructure.

No one wants to save new hardware for a rainy day

When customers consider investing in new hardware, the first question is usually around how they can start utilizing it on day one. Traditionally, hardware expenses are considered a capital expenditure, the value of which depreciates quite rapidly – thanks to constantly evolving technologies!

Simply buying the hardware does not automatically provide added capacity for your existing computing needs. Knowing how to optimize the use of your investment can be as important as the investment itself. With the use of software, such as plug-ins or similar tools, you can easily bridge the gap between existing IT infrastructure and new investments. This can help end-users improve efficiency and provisioning. Here’s one example:

Use Case: Enable a private cloud using converged infrastructure

rack and ready model vRealize automation, running with Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vRealize Automation, enables the cloud admin to easily and repeatedly provision hardware infrastructure components (server, network and storage) into vRealize cloud environments.

Avnet and Lenovo recently engineered a solution which enabled the Cloud for customers that have Lenovo rack servers, Lenovo Flex System converged infrastructure and Lenovo RackSwitch top-of-rack infrastructure deployed. The solution quickly enabled all the bells-and-whistles that come with a private cloud in order to get the best and most optimal usage out of their new investments.

The objective was to create an integrated infrastructure deployment of Lenovo servers, storage, and network into a VMware vRealize managed hybrid cloud environment.

We leveraged VMware vRealize and custom IP – including new service blueprints provided with Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vRealize Automation - because the customers wanted the quickest possible return on their hardware investments.

This software reduced time to respond to requests for IT resources and improved the ongoing management of provisioned resources. It also helped to understand the cost of infrastructure options and the consumption of resources by end-users in order to maximize capital spending.

Lenovo service blueprints for vRealize Automation required little end-user setup, and delivered core functionality which sped up provisioning and management of Lenovo converged hardware from the customer’s vRealize console using programmatic control. This solution improved positioning of the Lenovo hardware with XClarity Administrator in cloud and software-defined data center environments.

By automating infrastructure tasks, resources were available to the end-users more quickly, which increased cloud agility and resiliency.

For a complete list of all that’s included with Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vRealize Automation or for a free trial, visit Lenovo on VMware Solution Exchange and download a free trial of Lenovo XClarity Administrator, or contact your Lenovo or Avnet representative

Tags: Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Automation, Lenovo, Lenovo Xclarity Integrator, VMware, VMware vRealize, VMware vRealize Automation, Converged Infrastructure