Cloud: Automated life-cycle management: A critical enabler for cloud-ready datacenters

As cloud environments mature, more and more IT organizations will embrace software-defined cloud architectures that depend on standards, automation, and analytics to cost effectively maintain business requirements and service-level agreements (SLAs) even as workload volatility and data volumes increase. Simultaneously, these dynamic, elastic cloud environments must coexist with more traditional and heterogeneous physical and virtual platforms, management tools, and application architectures as enterprises continue to rely on existing mission-critical resources even as newer, self-service cloud architectures are deployed to support emerging applications and business processes. This Technology Spotlight examines the role that standards, automation, orchestration, and advanced analytics will play in optimizing the full datacenter operations life cycle across today's complex and rapidly changing datacenter environments. This paper also looks at IBM's SmartCloud software portfolio as an example of an integrated solution designed to support the end-to-end service management life cycle across heterogeneous physical and virtual platforms as well as hybrid, public cloud, private cloud, and noncloud environments.

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