Business applications and data can be expensive to power and store, a reality coming to the forefront for companies globally as “E”verything becomes data center-centric. Virtualization has become the savior for companies getting crushed by the data and applications. It not only saves costs, but also increases the efficiency of the various business processes, especially when application fluent—assuring the wide area network and communications inside the data center—are optimized to produce the best performance possible.
However, to achieve optimal performance is a challenge. And, with data centers becoming the hub of mission critical processes, overcoming the obstacles legacy data center and networking architectures present has reached a level of urgency. The reason is that companies are finding that virtualization is not possible without the right networking infrastructure and tools.
How to break down the silos that prevent optimal data center performance is the subject of two new resources on the TMCnet site from Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert):
They respectively explore how with application fluency enterprises can better network their data centers and support virtual machine mobility, which assists in bringing the visibility needed to run a more efficient system.
Application fluency products such as those created at VMware make virtual environments easier to manage. For example, in some cases a single administrator can control literally hundreds of workloads. In the case of the OmniVista VMM used with vCenter, it can provide users an application fluency solution that requires no extra software.In an increasing dynamic and unpredictable world, corporate networks require adaptability.
Adopting an application fluent architecture enables enterprises to obtain better connections and communications reliability. In addition, they get a user-centric network management platform that is role-based. This gives network managers the visibility they need to see all the activity they need to see, down to an extremely granular level and in real time.
The Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniVista 2500 Network Management System is the digital dashboard and control center for monitoring and optimizing an application fluent network. Network managers are provided with a wide range of tools where from a single platform they can automate several previous manual, costly and time-consuming tasks making configuration of servers, apps and services much more efficient and effective.
As Alcatel-Lucent explains, the OmniVista 2500 is easy to use and intuitive. It has scalable architecture that makes it perfect for large deployments and provides a streamlined virtual machine life cycle for the data center network.” They also like to tout its user-friendliness with third-party applications, and the fact that as part of its set of capabilities are comprehensive tools and analytics for infrastructure configuration monitoring, troubleshooting, downtime resolution, security and device configuration.
Managers need a quick and comprehensive view of what’s running on their network, and the 2500 offers a topology map that gives them that view. The color-coded pinpoints offer a dynamic view that’s easy to read and quick to act upon. It also offers a virtual machine manager that helps resolve operation issues that come up with the management of virtual network elements and the infrastructure behind it.
As the business of business, as well as service providers increasingly is run out of data centers, which raises the bar for IT departments to make sure they and the networks they rely on are optimized fo perform at the highest levels in an increasingly dynamic and unpredicatible (in terms of demand for resources) world, have not just the right architecture in place but the right tools to monitor it and be proactive as well as reactive is now a paramount concern. Using tools like the Alcatel-Lucent OmniVIsta 2500 and levarging the company's collaboration with VMware is something to consider as you plan for a data center-centric future and begin or push forward with your infrastructure transformation.
Edited by Peter Bernstein