Sometimes industry hypes can reciprocally enforce each other and sometimes they even coexist so closely that the question: “Who was first” is verging on the “chicken or the egg causality dilemma”. With “Virtualization” and “Cloud Computing” it’s different. Of course, they do “hype” each other but the concept of cloud computing is not even thinkable without having virtualization technologies in mind. A concept which is defined by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as “a model for enabling convenient, in-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources … that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”
I found this definition whilst going through a brand new EMA White Paper titled “Achieving Virtualization Control with Intelligent Service Automation”. In this study EMA researcher Andi Mann develops the supporting argument that an efficient use and dynamic provisioning of resources depends on service-aware automation technologies.
Workloads don’t care whether they are happening on physical or virtual systems. That’s why – according to Andi Mann – an automated virtual service management is the basis of any serious cloud approach. “It sets the stage for well-managed cloud computing services, with two essential components. Firstly, the virtual infrastructure provides a turnkey approach to flexibility, agility, and scalability, and the essential convenient, on-demand configuration of shared computing resources. This is difficult, and perhaps impossible, with a tightly-coupled physical environment. Secondly, intelligent and sophisticated automation is essential to ensuring minimal management effort or service provider interaction, which would be impossible with a manual management approach.”
And that’s why the UC4 Intelligent Service Automation platform is an important building block for cloud computing: 1) It initiates the dynamic distribution of workloads out of the process. 2) It immediately integrates newly-provisioned systems into your daily recurring housekeeping routines for backup and maintenance. 3) It introduces real-time intelligence to Cloud-Computing by acting on not reacting to events inside the applications. And finally 4) it provides an end-to-end view for predictive process management, integrating real and virtual worlds.