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-by Joe Goldberg, Lead Technical Marketing Consultant, Control-M Solutions Marketing, BMC Software Inc.

 

Dynamic Resource Management enables organizations to:

  1. significantly reduce server resources required to support their workload automation environment
  2. automatically remediate hardware resource shortages that may impact Service Levels

 

In the first case, server capacity is provisioned for average usage. When necessary, additional resources are acquired from virtualization facilities such as VMware or BladeLogic or cloud providers such as Amazon EC2. The need for additional resources is usually known in advance such as at month end or quarter end processing.

 

In the second case, similar techniques are applied but in response to potential SLA breaches or random workload volumes that are unexpected.

BMC Control-M directly integrates with BMC BladeLogic, VMware vCenter and Amazon EC2 via unique job types that provide graphical forms and account management via the Control-M/Configuration Manager.

 

When resources are provisioned, any Service Management considerations such as change approval or any specific configuration that may be required must be performed outside of Control-M.

 

If an organization is implementing BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management (CLM) however, among the capabilities delivered by CLM are:

  • Service Blueprints that define a complete environment stack for provisioned resources
  • Intelligent placement based on cost, sizing and other factors
  • Support for a broad range of virtualization and cloud technologies
  • Inline change management
  • Chargeback

In order to take advantage of this powerful infrastructure, Control-M can now request provisioning of Service Offerings from BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management in addition to the capabilities previously described.

 

As additional resources may be required for workload processing, Control-M requests the provisioning of Service Offerings. When a request is complete, Control-M retrieves the name of the provisioned compute container(s), adds that server(s) to one or more node groups and immediately begins using those resources.

 

Any Service Offering can be requested and the change approval, intelligent placement and all of the required configuration of the OS, network and even application attributes are handled by CLM.

 

Since all interaction between Control-M and CLM is performed via the standard CLM Cloud API, the My Cloud Portal can be used to view the status of provisioning activities as well as the attributes and characteristics of provisioned service offerings. All CLM dashboards also reflect Control-M usage and provisioning activities together with information about interactive requests made by any other tenants.

 

This integration makes Control-M an automated consumer of CLM services that behaves just like any interactive user of the My Cloud Portal.

 

The postings in this blog are my own and do not necessarily represent the opinions or positions of BMC Software

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