Cloud On-Boarding Over Distance for Mission-Critical Applications

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Audience and Purpose
The purpose of this document is to provide IT professionals with an overall understanding of technologies that simplify cloud on-boarding and cloud bursting operations. The paper will discuss migrating business critical applications between private and public clouds to take advantage of elastic compute resources as part of cloud on-boarding. This document will also review considerations for on-boarding securely across cloud environments leveraging Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT).

Executive Summary
As companies look to migrate application workloads between cloud environments or between private and public (Service Provider) clouds, they are looking to simplify the migration or on-boarding process. As server virtualization enabled hardware resources to be pooled into resource groups and dynamically allocated for application workloads, storage has also evolved beyond a point of simple consolidation into virtual storage, which allows storage resources to be aggregated and virtualized to provide a dynamic storage infrastructure to complement the virtual server infrastructure. EMC VPLEX* Metro delivers a virtual storage solution which builds on Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) to address the need for cloud on-boarding through federation—delivering cooperating pools of storage resources. Federation enables IT to quickly and efficiently support the business through pools of resources that can be dynamically allocated. This flexibility elevates the value IT offers within the business, as application and data movement is possible for better support and higher quality of service (QoS). Together, cooperating pools of server applications and storage enable a new model of computing—IT-as–a-Service (IaaS).