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So you have decided it’s time to build your private cloud. All you need to do now is sign the check, right?  Not so fast. You start doing your cloud due-diligence and find that deploying a cloud solution is going to take more than just installing software to realize the value your organization demands.  It is imperative to look at people, process and the supporting technologies based on your cloud model. It’s now time to start thinking about integrating your cloud into your current IT organization. You decide on starting small and adding services over time.


In building your strategy you come across an interesting twist.  You have defined both the reference architecture and cloud strategy, but in building your strategy have uncovered some concerns. You’ve identified that you have three ways to install & integrate your cloud.  In looking at your options you can:


A) Install your private cloud as a standalone point solution

B) Implement cloud and integrate with your current systems

C)Transform how you do business and install a brand new platform


You now have some architecture decisions to make.  What are the right choices for your organization?  Associated with each decision are costs and benefits. Solution A is a point solution.  Installing a point solution means just that, it is limited to where you installed the cloud.  The downside is that you don’t have any connective tissue to the existing systems. With a point solution it could increase your administration costs if the cloud platform doesn't integrate into your existing service management infrastructure.


The second choice is a cloud integrated with your current systems.   Integrating your cloud with your current systems gives you the connective tissue with the existing environment. A request for resources will be handled with the current process and procedure you have defined. When you integrate with your existing process and procedures you will have the ability to tie into the current state.  If your current state is not optimized then you could be limiting your longer term benefit, but might get a short term gain by being able to realize the benefits while having the ability to upgrade your systems to the future architecture state.


The third option is transformative in nature, but will likely prove to be disruptive in the short term.  This solution will have a longer payoff period, but can ultimately provide greater benefit than the point solution or the solution integrated with your current architecture, assuming the current state is sub -optimal.


Many organizations are faced with similar questions and decisions when building their cloud strategy. During the discovery phase, the implementation and integration process has a potentially large impact throughout your organization. The reality is that there isn’t just a one size fits all solution for designing your cloud architecture.  Coming up with the right strategy requires a sound understanding of the IT and business drivers for cloud.   It is critical to understand your architecture options, and what the implications are when it comes time to integrating, upgrading and supporting your systems. We recommend having a cloud assessment to give you the information you need to make an informed decision.


Choosing the right architectural solution for integrating your cloud platform can provide a lot of benefits such as easier upgrade paths, better long term business value, quicker mean time to repair, and lower TCO. The biggest value is the peace of mind in knowing that you got the facts before making complex decisions that will impact the business for years to come.


You don’t have to make the decision on your own.  BMC Consulting Services can help provide the information you need to make an informed decision.


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John M. Hawkins is the Chief Services Architect for Cloud Strategy & Planning at BMC.  He helps clients create the future state Vision/Strategies and Roadmaps to help them realize that vision

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Posting from Alan Chhabra, Senior Director Cloud Consulting Practice:


Many people ask me why BMC cloud is different than our competitors. Here is my typical response:



  • CLM is all about Heterogeneous Systems Management
    • We support managing/provisioning more than just VMWARE or a VM. We are a manager of managers à VMWARE, Xen, Physical Bare Metal, AIX, Networks, Firewalls, Load Balancers, Storage, Amazon, Savvis, vCD, vBlock, VCE, Flexpod  Applications and Data Bases etc..


  • CLM product has matured at light speed
    • BMC is already on its 3rd major release of CLM (1.0, 2.0, 2.1, and 3.0) in the last 2 years constantly adding in our customers’ request for enhancements


  • CLM has introduced Blue Printing to Cloud
    • Our competitors have gone with a Template approach (microwave dinners). We build recipes with fresh ingredients that are added on the fly to build a complete home cooked dinner.


  • CLM has introduced Security Properly to the Cloud
    • Bladelogic Continuous Compliance, Patching is part of a CLM blue print


  • CLM brings ITIL experience to Cloud
    • Change, Incident, and Asset Management + CMDB through our ITSM integration (Remedy is part of the CLM product stack)


  • CLM and Cisco have partnered and spent 3 years in R&D to go to market with the VMDC architecture (Virtual Multi Data Center Architecture)
    • Truly integrated solution vBlock, Nexus, VMWARE, and BMC CLà Gold, Silver, and Bronze Containers
    • Joint Public Cloud customers include QTS, America Movil, Telstra, Telefonica, NBN


  • BMC has mastered Day 2 Monitoring, Discovery, Capacity Management, and Showback for Cloud
    • Pre-Built CLM integrations with BMC’s BCO, BPPM, and ADDM products


  • BMC has over 30+ references who can speak to analysts and customers today


  • BMC Global Services has standardized on Cloud Rapid Results services offerings including Rapid Deployment Stack and Solution Planning Workshops
    • BMC can and has deployed Private Cloud for customers in less than 30 calendar days
    • BMC has introduced IT Transformation to Cloud with a 2 day and 3 week strategy workshop


To learn more, go to for detailed information on BMC Cloud Services.

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With seismic changes taking place in the world of IT, a tried and true technology is providing significant value to customers across all sectors.  It’s the mainframe.  Yes, you read correctly, and if you’re working in an IT department right now this is likely something you already know.


The question is how do you incorporate mainframe solutions into today’s cutting edge technology such as cloud computing.  The following podcast provides insight into key issues affecting today’s mainframe users such as outsourcing, automation, and the availability of skilled workers. 



Play Podcast

from Dean Inman, AVP, Mainframe Consulting Services, to learn more about the future of the mainframe and how BMC Consulting can provide value to your organization.


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From John Hawkins, Chief Services Architect, Cloud Computing


Make no mistake that cloud computing is one of the most frequently used terms to describe the future state of IT. Cloud is marketed to consumers, to IT departments, to business and government – all as a way of reducing costs and improving productivity. The challenge IT has is debunking myths and misconceptions about cloud, and building a solution that provides real value to the organization. The bottom line is that cloud solutions, whether public, private, or hybrid, can provide real value to any organization.  The question is where do you start?


Consumers and industry alike know they can benefit from a cloud solution, providing greater pressure on IT departments to develop immediate solutions that are cloud-centric.  Failure to take action creates increasing fear that competitors are moving ahead, potentially costing companies valued customers and ultimately losing revenue or market share. CIO’s today are facing significant hurdles to develop a cloud strategy that meets the needs of the business including:


  • Formulating a strategy with clear goals and measurable metrics to track success
  • Evaluating and examining the capacity requirements, costs and benefits of a long-term cloud solution
  • Clearly defining the needs of the customers within the context of the business


Creating a clearly defined cloud strategy is a way to demonstrate to your customers that you have put time and effort into understanding this new archetype. By creating a sound strategy you will be perceived as a thought leader for cloud, something your customer is looking for.  The cloud strategy is essentially a plan that defines the vision for aligning IT and business requirements in this new paradigm.  If you are providing a private cloud it will be important to be able to articulate the qualitative and quantitative reasons for investing in a cloud strategy. To back the business case you will need to have technical reference architectures that showcase to the core stakeholders how you plan on supporting their vision for the business.


Cloud is not just about infrastructure but about the applications that are deployed, so you should include a plan for supporting these applications as part of an overall strategy. The final element is a Cloud Solution Adoption Plan.  With a comprehensive plan in place you can clearly show how you can help achieve measureable business goals. 


Building a cloud strategy is important for any organization, but the work does not stop there. A cloud strategy is dynamic.  As the technology and use cases change, it is imperative to show value to your customers and position your organization as a thought leader in the cloud. The first step to building your strategy is awareness. You are aware that cloud is a factor for the near term.  You are aware that your customers are looking for cloud solutions to improve the user experience, and you are aware that if you do not have a position on cloud you run the risk of falling behind the competition.


The time to start your Vision for cloud is now!  Learn more by reading the Cloud Solution Planning Workshop Datasheet.


John M. Hawkins is the Chief Services Architect for Cloud Strategy & Planning at BMC; he helps clients create the future state Vision/Strategies and Roadmaps to help them realize that vision.

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Tune in for the latest Global Services podcast focusing on ITSM upgrade paths. Subjects covered include:


  1. Motivations for upgrading
  2. Benefits to upgrading
  3. Possible upgrade paths
  4. Best practices for planning a smooth upgrade


“The Solution Planning Workshop lays the foundation for a successful upgrade”

Roger Hirsch, ITSM Practice Manager


Listen to the podcast now.

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