The more expansive your server infrastructure, the higher the likelihood you were an early adopter of server virtualization and cloud-based computing. 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 diverse infrastructure — one size rarely fits all.
Despite the fact that most enterprises have already deployed varying degrees of heterogeneous virtual infrastructure, hybrid management solutions are very limited. Hypervisors may be largely commodity in function, but advanced management capabilities have been integrally coupled with specific hypervisors — 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. 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 heterogeneous virtual infrastructure, both on and off-premise, is transformed and natively supported by your existing management infrastructure? This hybrid simplicity is HotLink’s solution.
The HotLink platform was engineered from the ground up for interoperability of disparate virtual infrastructure, both on and off-premise. The pioneering HotLink transformation technology abstracts the underlying hypervisors and workloads from the management layer to enable heterogeneous environments to be treated as unified and native objects inside your existing management infrastructure.
In addition to the patent-pending 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 solution provides the simplicity, flexibility, ease of deployment and cost savings of HotLink.