Heading into the cloud: Managing network performance across a unified fabric

By Pete Cruz, director of product management and marketing, SevOne, Network World |  Networking, Application performance

The latter is particularly critical for enterprises deploying their own private cloud or leveraging cloud
services because the convergence of compute, network and storage streamlines the provisioning and allocation of
resources. For example, when the business specifies the application and class of service they want, IT should be
able to provision the appropriate resources automatically. The ability to plan capacity, monitor resource
consumption in real-time and make adjustments on-the-fly is also critical because IT must dynamically reallocate
resources depending on the level or class of service required by the application and how well the application is
performing.

Enterprise IT needs complete and immediate visibility if they are to meet SLAs with the business. With the
company's revenues and reputation at stake, they must ensure they are meeting business expectations while
optimizing their infrastructure to scale across a multitude of end users and applications.

IT organizations require highly automated and integrated system management software tools to optimize IT
processes and application performance across dynamic hybrid cloud environments
that combine on-premise private clouds and off-premise public clouds with traditional and virtualized IT service
infrastructures. Many are opting for a phased migration using technology partners and starting with less
mission-critical applications and resources, ensuring they have the people, processes and the right tools in
place.

Keeping the lights on during transition

Traditional tools employed for managing performance have typically been point solutions supporting a specific
technology area. Because cloud services are delivered as one offering, the ability to collect data from different
sources, overlay that data in one interface, and view performance metrics as a whole becomes extremely important
for identifying and addressing service impacting issues.

But before organizations can identify what applications can or should be run in the
cloud
, they need to understand how applications perform and the resources they require. By monitoring and
baselining performance, organizations can understand the peak utilization hours across resources in order to
determine the appropriate services or resource categories that must be defined within the cloud to support the
application effectively.

MORE: 8 questions that will
dominate enterprise cloud adoption


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