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Advanced cloud management systems emerging, supporting architectures remain key

By Max Burkhalter
March 30, 2012
Cloud computing has been changing the data center for a few years now and, at this point, many organizations have put a great deal of effort into implementing the cloud. As the technology has become more popular, managing costs has become an issue. This is rather problematic, since one of the cloud's primary benefits is fiscal efficiency. The problem is that cloud computing also introduces self-provisioning concepts, allowing employees to subscribe to application and infrastructure services based on their needs. When companies are not careful, costs can escalate.

According to a recent CloudTweaks report, the solution to this problem could by hypothermal cloud management. Built on the concept of Hypothermia's effect on the human body, the scheme would control resource distribution to applications and services based on their importance, allowing the cloud to run without going over budget.

Hypothermia is a condition in which the body has dropped below a healthy temperature and the brain responds by altering circulation and heat distribution patterns to maintain a sustainable temperature within vital organs. The result of this measure is frostbite, but it is also life, as the entire body would succomb to freezing if the available heat was not used entirely for vital functions.

Similarly, the news source said data center infrastructure can be established to monitor servers and network systems running the cloud and adjust operating protocols based on how much is being spent to keep everything running. If application or infrastructure subscriptions rise beyond what the budget allows, the solution would cut peripheral programs off from IT resources to allow mission critical systems to remain operational. Theoretically, this can all be fine tuned within service level agreements, ensuring optimal efficiency.

The hypothermic cloud management plan is, currently, entirely theoretical. The report said there is no single solution that can deliver this level of control and efficiency in the data center. However, existing technologies can make this paradigm happen, they just need to be combined in the right way.

Two of the most important things that needs to be replicated to achieve the hypothermic management model are the nervous and circulatory systems. Monitoring devices, sensors and cabling infrastructure need to be used not only to identify operational conditions throughout a configuration, but also to transmit data effectively throughout the system. Fiber-optic cable infrastructure can be used to simulate circulatory functions, quickly transporting resources throughout the data center, while high-performance copper can handle the nerves. Accomplishing this effectively means using fiber-to-Ethernet media conversion to let the two systems work in concert.

Perle’s wide range of 1 to 48 port Perle Console Servers provide data center managers and network administrators with secure remote management of any device with a serial console port. Plus, they are the only truly fault tolerant Console Servers on the market with the advanced security functionality needed to easily perform secure remote data center management and out-of-band management of IT assets from anywhere in the world.


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