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ThinkAgile CP: Delivering The Simplicity IT Admins Need

In our last post, Get the Cloud Simplicity You Deserve, we talked about how Cloudistics works well to solve the needs of everyone in your organization—IT admins, developers, tenants and users alike. Today we’re going to talk about one of those audiences, IT admins, and explore what Cloudistics (and Lenovo!) do to minimize IT admin complexity and deliver the simplicity IT Admins need.

One of the most challenging barriers to cloud adoption and success is complexity. Overcoming this barrier is very easy, grab a credit card, call a public cloud provider and you are set. They offer unparalleled simplicity, taking over control all aspects of your cloud for you. For most organizations, public cloud is so tempting, so easy, so simple in its delivery of IT services.
But that simplicity comes with a price.

The problem is that while the public cloud eliminates complexity, it also introduces risks to application performance, regulatory compliance, data security, and then there are the unexpected outages and the possibility of charge backs for going over your contracted limits. None of these compromises are acceptable and often drive organizations in another direction.

The obvious, ideal choice to overcome such risks is to adopt a multi-cloud strategy. By using a combination of public and private cloud resources, you can choose what cloud is right to host your applications, data and support the services your developers, tenants and end-users depend on. But that’s a choice that comes with practical complexities too. Most people in the IT industry believe that the implementation, deployment, operation, maintenance and support of a private cloud is too complex. Many of the available options can make an administrators work-life balance painful.

Unfortunately, most private clouds involve coordinating multiple technology silos managed by different IT specialists. Each has disparate management tools, quite possibly different budgets, and different groups of hardware, each with its own quirks, limitations, warranties, and even management interfaces. The open source private cloud options involved extensive do-it-yourself efforts to cobble together a working solution, often leveraging third party toolkits that may or may not have been certified for use with the cloud software, and your organization inevitably has to hire experts to architect, deploy, and maintain the cloud.

And pre-built cloud appliances typically come with their own restrictions and limitations. Most appliances based on an “open” architecture are still comprised of restrictive clustered resources that are managed by automation tools focused on a particular “IT religion” such as VMware. These often require special certification, tribal or community knowledge. The ability to orchestrate secure application resources on-demand and maintain the necessary patches and updates without disrupting application performance and business operations is determined by the restrictions of that particular flavor of “IT religion.”
Either approach is like buying a luxury sports car, you are part of the “special community” where ownership has its privileges and status but only a specially certified high-price mechanic can change the oil and tune the performance while you wait, when all you want to do is drive-fast and avoid paying an excessive price for a simple oil change and tune up.

What administrators need is a private cloud platform that is specifically designed to make implementation, deployment, daily operations easy without the downsides of other approaches. With it, your IT admins could have automated orchestration of secure application resources, patch maintenance, virtual machine security and support that’s easy, elegantly simple and convenient.

The new Lenovo ThinkAgile CP Series, powered by Cloudistics, is a fully-composable, software defined, “customer-inspired” private cloud platform. It’s completely different from any other private cloud on the market today. It was inspired by the cloud journey and customer insights acquired by the Cloudistics founders. They themselves encountered the inefficiencies, risks, complexities and costs of going from legacy IT, to public cloud, to trying the available “open” reference architectures. Knowing that there needed to be a simple, agile, transformative way to enjoy the promise of public cloud benefits privately behind the data center, they invented it, launching the Cloudistics Ignite Cloud Platform launched in 2013. It has been designed to cut out any friction or complexity for IT administrators, and it’s now backed by a strategic partnership with Lenovo, a leader in both enterprise datacenter and personal computing technology, service and support delivery.

Unlike any other private cloud, the ThinkAgile CP Series provides administrators one easy to use management portal for all their needs. Most operations are automated by the Cloudistics Ignite Cloud Controller making “IT religion” specialization a thing of the past. For instance, because the platform includes an application marketplace with pre-validated deployment templates, user self-service eliminates the necessity to submit requests to IT for application resources, deployment is as simple as making a menu-selection and in minutes the resources you need for the application are provisioned, allocated, and the application is off and running, without “slow-time”, down-time or reboots. The intelligence in the software associated with the application marketplace templates recognizes the resources required for each application and dynamically assembles and orchestrate the virtual resources necessary from a globally available pool of migration zones and storage blocks and will return those resources to the pool when they are no longer needed.

This simplicity extends to reporting. If an administrator needs to generate reporting meta-data, the platform management portal makes it easy to access this information without the need for a PhD to locate, audit and extract application and resource usage information or changes to roles or profiles, track maintenance alerts or security settings. The Cloudistics Ignite Cloud Controller delivers a single unified view of consumption and utilization of all physical and virtual resources within the Virtual Data Center (VDC), thus streamlining the cloud application deployment and management experience.

To cut hardware complexity, the ThinkAgile CP Series uses independently scalable, modular overlay network, federated all-flash storage capacity and “open source” KVM-based compute blocks. Unlike conventional IT or hyperconverged architectures, administrators can purchase and upgrade only what they need to, when they need to. Lenovo and Cloudistics have worked very closely together to pre-validate and engineer all the software and hardware to streamline your current and future cloud application and service needs.

Finally, data protection comes built-in for automated simplicity. Included with the platform are integrated back-up, recovery, archiving and high availability capabilities. With it, you can protect your applications, your users, and your datacenter without hidden costs or complexity.

ThinkAgile CP Series, powered by Cloudistics, delivers a premium experience that enables you to declare your independence from the cloud status quo and restores the work-life balance your It department wants with the predictability, reliability, ease of use and cost controls you need to gain immediate time-to-value as soon as the platform is implemented and deployed in your data center.

Learn more about the ThinkAgile CP to discover how it can empower your administrators by simplifying operations, so they can increase innovation and accelerate time-to-value.

For more information and to schedule a demonstration of ThinkAgile CP Series, powered by Cloudistics, contact us at [email protected].

Dan Mroz

VP of Worldwide Marketing

Over the past 20 years, Dan has had the unique opportunity to hold several diverse positions within the IT industry-spread across numerous business verticals. Most recently he was part of an incubation team at Lenovo, launching new hyper-converged products. He developed the overall channel strategy and enablement while contributing to marketing and messaging efforts. Prior to Lenovo, Dan held positions in sales and engineering at Dell-EMC, supporting top revenue accounts and new product development within Texas and Pennsylvania. Dan was engineer of the year in 2012 and 2014.

Before becoming a resident of Texas, Dan was an IT Director and Instructor at the Pennsylvania State University where he led overall technology strategy, instructional design, and numerous strategic projects outside the scope of IT. He taught classes in a number of subject areas to include information sciences and security, risk analysis, and fly fishing.

Dan has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and cofounded a web development, hosting, and consulting company. He has led marketing, recruitment, and IT operations of multiple organizations in the healthcare, technology, and financial segments.

Dan earned his AAS and BS degrees from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and his MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.

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