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Talking Cloud with BMC

I've been chatting with my buddy Lilac Schoenbeck at BMC recently about various cloud strategies and in particular how BMC is helping its clients on their cloud journeys. Our latest conversation focused on BMC's recently-updated Cloud Lifecycle Management product. Lilac and I will be sharing our conversation here and on the BMC cloud blog. We hope you enjoy it and join in the conversation.

Lilac: Dave, BMC recently announced its 2nd generation of the Cloud Lifecycle Management product. You were briefed on it a couple weeks ago – what remains in your mind as the key differences of their approach?

Dave: A few differences stood out for me. First, I like the overall business-down approach, since there are many resource-up tools emerging from VM management vendors, primarily. You mentioned that managing a cloud is more than managing a collection of provisioned VMs—I couldn’t agree more. Taking the BSM lifecycle approach (a BMC core competency) and applying it to cloud resources should help customers starting the cloud journey to step back and consider the business services they want to optimize via cloud economics first, then they can focus on the resources they allocate to those services. Second, I liked the integrated complete lifecycle approach: start with the design of service blueprints, which essentially establish the language for your cloud (and baseline cost metrics); these then feed into and are exposed to admins and users via the CLM 2.0 self-service portal; lastly, once deployed, services come under the purview of the service governor for on-going operations. Third, I liked hearing that governance includes integrated performance and capacity management.

Lilac: What do you hope to be on the horizon for this product?

Dave: For customers new to BMC as a cloud partner, I’d like to see how you’ve packaged the various components so that early adopters aren’t overwhelmed. How do you simplify the process of blueprint design? How detailed should initial resource cost models be? Are there template blueprint designs (for common resources) and template operational policies (for ongoing governance) to help cloud tire-kickers to get started quickly? I hear from many customers that writing service governance policies in general can be daunting – how does BMC help? Also, I would think auto-discovery of available workloads and dependencies would be high on the list of must-haves for cloud newbies as well – is integration with Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping on the horizon?

Overall, I get a good sense of the process BMC takes its cloud service providers and customers through. I’d like to get a better idea of how you bring your tools together in a representative deployment scenario. And I have to ask: what’s your position on other self-service private-cloud management tools, such as vCloud Director? Where do you see CLM innovating to stay ahead?

Lilac: What customer use cases have you heard that might require these?

Dave: Maybe I’ll turn the question around on you. One of the most common use cases I hear goes something like this: “We have a large VMware virtualized environment, nicely consolidated, but we don’t have great visibility into our underlying ongoing resource costs. Separately, our dev ops team has been spinning up Amazon images for a while now. I’d like to baseline our VMware-based hybrid cloud against what we’re paying for Amazon IaaS and/or PaaS – where should I start?”

Essentially, this is the “I think I have a private cloud, but don’t know what it costs” question. How can BMC help here? Also, I’d like to understand your Amazon and Salesforce partnerships, but maybe we can save that for our next conversation.

-Dave

  • Premiered: 06/27/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Cloud Virtualization IaaS PaaS BMC Cloud Lifecycle Manager

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