Cloud computing provides a variety of benefits including flexibility and control. However, in the case of infrastructure as a service, practically all public cloud service providers offer only a relatively small number of pre-configured virtual machine images. This is somewhat analogous to offering shoes without half-sizes or widths, and then – when the fit isn’t quite right – asking the customer to try on a brand or style that is sized a bit differently. The customer may end up with the right size, or the right brand, or the right style – but not all three. In the case of IaaS, this means settling for a server which does not fit the needs of an application in terms of CPU, memory or storage.
SoftLayer has recently updated its renowned CloudLayer service with a Build Your Own Cloud capability. This new approach allows customers to configure the amount of CPU, memory and storage used by their cloud servers. With this enhanced capability, SoftLayer customers avoid the tradeoffs forced by other IaaS offerings. These tradeoffs typically include over provisioning, which leads to inefficient resource utilization and higher cost, or under provisioning, which leads to lower levels of performance and scalability. Rather than constraining the dimensions of your server, CloudLayer lets you customize your server to meet the specific needs of your application. After all, who knows your application best – you or your IaaS provider? Neovise believes that any organization wishing to run production applications in a public cloud needs to strongly consider SoftLayer.
Social networking and cloud computing have made the Internet an integral part of everyday life, and IT organizations at forward-looking companies everywhere are eager to find new ways to tap the full potential of these technologies. How can they use them to improve the customer experience? Simplify and reduce the cost of business operations? Accelerate application development? The possibilities are tremendous – but so are the challenges.
You can meet the challenges of delivering cloud services successfully and profitably, if you have the right identity management capabilities. This paper outlines the five infrastructure essentials for successfully delivering cloud services to a rapidly growing customer base. You'll learn how these essentials can benefit both you, the cloud services provider, and your customer, the cloud services consumer – to your ultimate economic benefit. Plus, we'll outline why traditional identity management infrastructures fall short, and how a new approach is the key to building the essentials into your business.