For those of you implementing the infrastructure of a cloud, often called IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service, one of the challenges can be “where to start?”. With the myriad of hw options and variety of software solutions finding a starting point can be daunting.
- What server configurations are optimal?
- How to structure the network?
- What is the optimal storage configuration?
- I really don't want to write this software , therefore, what is the cloud management stack that best suits my needs?
Assuming that cost reduction and/or agility are the reasons you are building a cloud (true for the vast majority of customers), then there is huge benefit from using a largely homogenous architecture: identical server, network, storage, and management configurations across the cloud implementation. This architecture addresses the maintenance aspects of the infrastructure (remove from service if it fails, replace when enough are out of service to justify a visit to the data center) as well as the operational aspect (no special cases). Getting to the point where workloads can be hosted in this environment requires effort but has a fairly quick payback once you complete the transition.
Even with this in mind, you still have to design the hardware infrastructure and then select a set of management tools.
Intel recognizes this need and has formed the Intel Cloud Builder program to help in this ‘getting started’ phase. If you are already well down the road to building a cloud, you will likely find the output from this program useful to understand the options available in the market.
Intel(r) Cloud Builder is a fairly simple program with a powerful output:
- using a defined hardware blueprint,
- using a cloud management software stack,
- run the combination on a Intel hosted cloud test bed, and document the results.
For more information, please go to Intel Cloud Builder Program.
Director, Cloud Strategy
Intel Software and Services