Pushing Apps Uphill

Recently I did a webcast with Intel where we focused on two areas:

  1. Cloud On-Boarding
  2. Cloud Bridging

Let’s focus on On-Boarding for the moment:

Hey Systems Administrators: Does cloud computing keep you awake at night making you wonder how the heck you can leverage Cloud Computing? Are you currently running VMware in your datacenter and wonder, can the cloud support the many vmdks you have? Do you have resources back in the datacenter that applications in the cloud will need access to? In the end, the cloud does not look to promising for you!

Hey CTOs/CIOs: Are you trying to find ways to save money in your infrastructure but need to understand what applications can move to the cloud? Are you afraid of vendor lock-in? What to move to Cloud Computing but need to understand the ROI and CTO?

Recently, I co-authored a whitepaper for the Intel Cloud Builders program talking about this topic! Check it out: http://goo.gl/3UFVu

Moving applications to the cloud can be complex, and depending upon the application the target cloud environment, may require re-architecting the application and network stack.  Many factors must be considered when moving an application to the cloud: application components, network stack, management, security and orchestration.  The solution helps solve all these issues by leveraging technologies around a robust virtual platform, virtual machine migration, open virtualization format (OVF) and key cloud technologies and leading cloud providers. In short, the desire to move application workloads to the cloud should be seamless and with minimal manual effort making cloud computing a reality giving system administrators a solution to move to the cloud with ease.

A proper on-boarding solution will enable:

  • Migration and Virtualization Heterogeneity
  • Enabling Hybrid Cloud Computing
  • Powerful Cloud Partnerships

Put simply, on-boarding can be more than just moving an application to a cloud but rather the whole application stack; or an application workload.

The key areas that will be addressed are:

  1. Applications are on-boarded to the cloud with minimal effort without the need to re-architect the application and/or network stacks.
  2. Applications can be bundled into application workloads that encompass key components such LADP, storage, data access and web that the application may need once on-boarded to the cloud.
  3. There is no dependency on the premise datacenter virtualization platform when moving to the cloud, where various virtual machine formats are supported enabling heterogeneous format support.

Once on-boarded to a target cloud, application workloads will function as if they are still in the premise datacenter coupled with robust management capabilities leveraging Citrix’s OpenCloud Bridge.

Vendors like Citrix and Intel are trying to make moving to the cloud seamless!  The goal is for application workloads to move to the cloud without the need to re-architect the whole application and network stack making cloud migration a reality.