I have heard this time and time again, “Many enterprises want to take advantage of cloud computing but do not want to give up their own datacenters.” I have also heard the term “hybrid cloud” grossly over-utilized and defined over and over again. I would make a bet that if you stood in a room of IT folks and asked each person to define “What is hybrid cloud,” you would get a different answer and viewpoint with each person you talk to. Let’s just keep the logic of cloud simple…
Enterprise administrators want to leverage low-cost compute in the cloud, while keeping things like databases, data storage and directory services in a secure, on-premise location. The faster we can come to grips that not every application workload is cloud worthy, the more NetScaler CloudBridge will make sense. Example: I want to migrate the web tier of an application to the cloud but leave the database securely back in my datacenter. How do you reckon I do that? Or I want to run Windows 7 desktops in a cloud provider but leave Microsoft Active Directory and storage back in my datacenter. Feasible?
The core fundamental goal of NetScaler CloudBridge is to make cloud-hosted applications appear to administrators, tools and even the applications themselves as though they are running on the enterprise network. NetScaler CloudBridge is an open foundation for building a transparent, cloud-extended datacenter. I mean, let’s face it; networking is CORE to cloud computing!
- Makes the cloud provider network look like a natural extension of your enterprise datacenter network
- Helps to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of moving applications to the cloud
- Reduces the risk of application failures, particularly those stemming from application migration
- Enables broader, more-advanced use of cloud computing
Come check out my session:
Title: SYN209: Pushing the boundaries of your enterprise datacenter with Citrix CloudBridge
When: Wednesday October 26, 2011
Where: CCIB – Room 113
Now… this session will contain 3 cool things….
#1: Softlayer will be co-present in my session!
I have the distinct privilege of co-presenting with Nathan Day, the Chief Scientist of Softlayer. Recently I sat down with Nathan and asked him a few questions.
Pete: What is cloud to Softlayer?
Nathan: We think that cloud is on-demand deployment of compute infrastructure charged using consumption-based billing.
Pete: What are some hurdles to moving to the cloud?
Nathan: For enterprises with existing infrastructure, making use of the cloud can be challenging because of the inability to extend an on-premise network to an off-premise environment. Most legacy apps just weren’t written with this use case in mind.
Pete: How can Citrix NetScaler CloudBridge help?
Nathan: CloudBridge can help by providing that essential link between on-premise environment and a cloud-based environment. With the link in place that CloudBridge provides, existing management tools and policies can be used by IT staff to deliver the apps to their end users.
Pete: What is your favorite thing about Citrix NetScaler CloudBridge?
Nathan: One of the best things about CloudBridge is the ability to use virtual NetScaler appliances to make the connection. This degree of versatility allows CloudBridge to be on-demand matching the value proposition of moving to the cloud.
Pete If I am a VMWare administrator, will Citrix NetScaler CloudBridge help me in moving to your cloud?
Nathan: Since NetScaler VPX can run as a VMware virtual machine, there is a great deal of flexibility in setting up the endpoints. For example, there could be a NetScaler VPX running in a VMware VM on-premise connected to a NetScaler VPX running in SoftLayer’s cloud connecting the two environments.
For those who are not familiar with Softlayer, they are a leading on-demand provider of hosting, managed, and cloud services, delivering control to the customer through automation and innovation in world class datacenters around the globe.
Great news… Softlayer plans to open a datacenter in Amsterdam sometime in November! If you want more details than that, you will have to come to my session!
#2: Birthday Assistance Needed!
This time last year, I was eagerly awaiting the birth of my daughter and did not attend Synergy 2010 in Berlin. Coincidently, I am presenting on my daughter’s 1st birthday, which is October 26th! With the help of a Flip Camera and you, I want to record a special birthday wish for her! Come on, how can you say no to this:
Be prepared to help me capture a cool memory and say “Happy Birthday” in your native language!
You will just have to come to SYN209 to see what else is in store for this great session!
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