Hybrid Infrastructure Management
The cloud presents enormous opportunities for businesses, from flexible cost models to on-demand performance. Many companies are enriching or replacing their own IT infrastructure with cloud, colo and hosting services. The cloud is an attractive alternative even for critical systems.
Hybrid IT makes infrastructure management more complex
Hybrid infrastructures offer companies more possibilities than traditional infrastructures. They also increase the complexity considerably because they involve different technologies, storage locations, service providers, billing models, and dependencies between the individual infrastructure elements.
Hybrid infrastructures bring together information from multiple sources into one environment so it can be recorded, documented, mapped uniformly, and controlled centrally. This information can come from own data centres, private and public clouds, multi-cloud constellations, edge data centres and IoT devices.
While cloud providers offer tools, management consoles and portals, these are not capable of accurately managing the thousands of virtual machines in use. They also cannot identify which processes are being executed and which IT and business services are supported by them.
The solution: Hybrid Infrastructure Management
Existing documentation tools, spreadsheets, operations dashboards and visualizations can answer individual questions about IT infrastructure. Leased infrastructure or SaaS can only be mapped in traditional tools in a roundabout way. None of these options deliver a transparent view of the entire infrastructure. This transparency is precisely what is required to manage a modern hybrid digital infrastructure.
What’s needed is a management tool for hybrid (digital) infrastructure management. Such tools are uniquely capable of keeping track of these complex environments and their costs.
Advantages of FNT’s solution for (Hybrid) Infrastructure Management
FNT’s solution is based on the FNT Command Platform. It maps all assets relevant to IT and network infrastructure and their connectivity. This includes:
- Building infrastructure (power, cooling, floor space)
- IT/network infrastructure (networks, servers, storage - virtual and physical, on-premises and in the cloud)
- Connectivity (physical wiring infrastructure and logical circuits/bandwidth)
- Services based on this (software, applications)
This detailed overview serves multiple purposes. It facilitates daily operations by making sure accurate information is accessible. It enhances planning changes by making it possible to assess the impact in advance. And it improves execution of plans by providing insights to control and monitor their progress.
FNT’s solution delivers all the requirements needed to maintain a high-performing hybrid infrastructure. It no longer matters where the data and resources reside on-premises, in the cloud, or at the edge.
- It enables comprehensive resource management based on a uniform and integrated data model.
- Its data model contains all physical and virtual assets and their dependencies - regardless of manufacturer and technology.
- This single information database automatically updates when changes occur.
- Data from other relevant systems can be incorporated via a variety of interfaces.
- Physical, logical and virtual resources at different locations can be connected to create fully redundant paths.
IT infrastructure is evolving from a control entity into a springboard for business development. It is becoming diverse, interconnected, fast, and complex. New ways are needed to manage it. Hybrid digital infrastructure management (HDIM) is all about tidying up the loose ends and creating a uniform management platform. According to Gartner, HDIM is one of the ten most important trends in IT operations. In this white paper, we explain what HDIM means for IT organizations and how managers can position themselves for the future.
A Data Center´s Guide for Managing Hybrid Resources
The pandemic has heightened the need for digital transformation and is accelerating its mainstream adoption to support remote workforces, increased bandwidth, IoT, and virtualization. To ensure success in the aftermath of COVID-19 and remain competitive in a digital world, businesses must also understand how infrastructure management is evolving. In this white paper, we’ll discuss why today’s modern data centers need hybrid digital infrastructure management for greater visibility into digital infrastructure and to support increased mobility.