If you are an enterprise with a significant virtual infrastructure footprint, there’s a high likelihood you are also an early adopter of cloud-based computing technologies. Chances are you also support diverse applications and end user requirements with a range of technical, service level, regulatory and cost constraints. Diverse needs usually require hybrid IT infrastructure — one size rarely fits all. Despite the fact that most enterprises have already deployed varying degrees of hybrid infrastructure, cross-platform management solutions are limited. Hypervisors may be largely commodity in function, but advanced management capabilities have been integrally coupled with specific hypervisors, whether on-premise or in the cloud — mixing and matching is a big problem. Tackling this traditionally involved one of the following approaches.
Option 1 Multiple Silos. You deploy on-or off-premise virtual infrastructure and related native management toolsets for specific use cases. Examples would be VMware in the datacenter and Amazon in development. With this approach, each vendor’s tools work well together, but you need skills to manage multiple infrastructure types, have limited flexibility, face lock-in problems and cannot readily automate across silos.
Option 2 Overlay Automation. Overlay Automation. You deploy multiple silos and native management toolsets and add specialized overlay capabilities to bridge the silos. Examples would be orchestration software or self-service provisioning portals. The overlay approach provides unifying capability for select functions but increases the integration and management complexity, drives up operational cost and creates compatibility risks as you evolve over time.
What if you had a 3rd option in which the entire hybrid infrastructure, both on- and off-premise, is transformed and natively supported by your existing management infrastructure? This transformation is HotLink’s hybrid IT solution. The award-winning HotLink platform revolutionizes system management of hybrid IT with an open, enterprise-class integration and transformation platform spanning all major hypervisors and public clouds — including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (KVM) and Amazon EC2.
Unlike overlay solutions that provide specialized automation on top of multiple native management toolsets, the HotLink platform abstracts hypervisor and workload metadata so you can natively support other hypervisors and public clouds with your existing virtualization management tools — like VMware vCenter. Only with HotLink can you mix and match disparate virtual infrastructure while fully leveraging existing management solutions and skills.
In addition to patented transformation technology, the HotLink platform provides an open architecture for policy-based automation across all your on- and off-premise virtual infrastructures along with automated conversion of workloads. You can now apply the most cost effective mix of heterogeneous resources without sacrificing the ability to interoperate and seamlessly manage across your environment. No other hybrid IT management solution provides the simplicity, flexibility, ease of deployment and cost savings of HotLink.
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