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WorkloadIQ: Start Anywhere

A Phased Approach to Intelligent Workload Management

Written by Eric Harper

It’s a little over one month into the new year, so it’s time to ask the notorious question: “How are your New Year’s resolutions coming?” If you’re like most people, those resolutions probably had something to do with working out more, eating less or getting better organized. And, if you’re like most people, you probably shot too high and by this time you’ve already scaled back your expectations or scrapped them altogether.

So, what went wrong? It’s hard to say, but according to experts, most people try to make changes that were too drastic. People can change their behavior and habits, but usually not too quickly and not all at once.

What does this have to do with Novell and WorkloadIQ? I’ll get to that in a second, but first let’s define what a workload is and what intelligent workload management means.

Intelligent workload management addresses the need for a more effective model of computing that allows organizations to manage and optimize computing resources in a policy-driven, secure and compliant manner across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

What is Intelligent Workload Management?

I don’t have to tell you the IT world is changing. New technologies and business models have led to new principles of computing. In the not too distant past, IT dealt in single-purpose physical environments where single applications were tied to single processors. It was a one-to-one relationship, and it was that way just about everywhere. In many ways, we’re still using this system.

However, IT has been evolving that one-to-one system into virtualization, where pooling resources became an efficient way to handle increasing computing demands. Now, we’re taking that virtualization model to the cloud, both public and private.

When there was one application for one server, no one thought much about what a workload was. But now we look at workloads as the modern IT building block. For our purposes here, I’ll define workloads as integrated stacks of applications, middleware and operating systems to optimize the use of resources. Intelligent workload management addresses the need for a more effective model of computing that allows organizations to manage and optimize computing resources in a policy-driven, secure and compliant manner across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

So, if you’re one of the millions of people who have given up on the annual goals you set back in January, then maybe the problem wasn’t the goal, just the timing. For example, If you’re a couch potato and your goal is to exercise more, it wouldn’t make sense to go out on January 1 and try to run six miles. That would be dumb. If you didn’t hurt yourself, you’d at least be convinced that running wasn’t for you and come January 2, you’d be punching that snooze button like a shark nose at the beach.

The same goes for intelligent workload management. We all know it’s a good idea. We all know we need to get there, that it’s the best way to balance the flexibility virtualization and cloud computing provide with the control required by security and regulation concerns. But when looking at all the steps involved with implementing a full-featured intelligent workload management solution, it can seem pretty daunting.

But don’t despair. WorkloadIQ from Novell is built for you. You can get started with just one or two WorkloadIQ offerings while Novell and its partners help you leverage your existing technology assets. That’s the equivalent of starting with a ten minute walk to get those legs moving again while you build up to that 10K race. Over time, you can move toward the complete WorkloadIQ vision at a pace that makes sense for your IT organization. That’s why the Novell team working on WorkloadIQ products and solutions constantly reiterates the mantra: start anywhere; grow everywhere.

Take a look at these three examples of organizations and partners that leverage WorkloadIQ at differing levels of adoption to get their IT departments moving toward intelligent workload management so they can take advantage of the flexibility of virtual and cloud environments while maintaining the control required to do so.

WorkloadIQ from Novell is built for you. You can get started with just one or two WorkloadIQ offerings while Novell and its partners help you leverage your existing technology assets.

Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that changed television forever with the legendary Sesame Street program. Sesame Workshop hosts nearly 50 consumer Web sites, many with large volumes of media content, thousands of concurrent users and more than one million unique visitors per month. Facing increasing hardware and software licensing costs with Sun Solaris and Microsoft Windows, the company evaluated a move to Linux.

Working with ITAM Services, Sesame Workshop selected Novell ZENworks Asset Management, a WorkloadIQ product, to streamline its inventory processes and selected SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the open platform for its Web architecture. "Novell ZENworks Asset Management is a good fit for us because it works across our multiple platforms including UNIX, Windows, Linux and Macintosh," said Noah Broadwater, Vice President of Information Services at Sesame Workshop. "We tested several solutions and found that Novell ZENworks Asset Management doesn’t place a big burden on our network like other solutions. We are getting great performance."

By implementing Novell ZENworks Asset Management, Sesame Workshop reduced inventory administration time by 70 percent and can better comply with auditing requests and leasing contracts. "Without Novell solutions, we would need to increase our IT budget every year by at least $1 million," said Broadwater. "Just as Sesame Workshop innovates in media and entertainment, we try to innovate in IT. Novell gives us the tools to compete with our bigger competitors, but without the huge price tag."

Vodacom Business

Vodacom Business offers a total communications service portfolio to corporate customers. Their services include next-generation IP voice, managed networks and infrastructure, internet access, hosting and storage. And they’re using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell as well as virtualization and workload management solutions including PlateSpin Recon, PlateSpin Migrate and PlateSpin Protect (all WorkloadIQ products and solutions) to respond to growing business demands, improve server workload performance, reduce energy consumption and lower costs.

"Cloud computing will change the way companies do business. The service delivery model is vastly scalable and less resource and energy intensive, enabling organizations to purchase robust and reliable infrastructure and application services for a reduced cost," says Richard Vester, Executive Head of Hosted Services, Vodacom Business. "However, security concerns are inhibiting the adoption of cloud computing. Our partnership with Novell enables us to deliver infrastructure and application services that can support our customers' specific security policies and regulatory compliance requirements."

SAP

Novell CMDB, a WorkloadIQ solution, is the first configuration management data base (CMDB) to be certified for SAP IT Service Management by SAP AG. Novell myCMDB and Novell CMDB360 combine to deliver a Web-based application, CMDB repository and configuration management that gives organizations insight into the relationships and dependencies between business services, workloads and the IT environment. This visibility removes the risk that change brings.

"Our cooperation goes beyond Linux to leverage industry-leading technologies from each company to give customers high-value, low-complexity solutions to pressing challenges such as regulatory requirements and optimizing applications in virtualized environments," said Narina Sippy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, GRC Solutions, SAP Business Objects Division.

Novell is the only vendor who can deliver solutions that let you take a phased approach to intelligent workload management.

Conclusion

Novell is the only vendor who can deliver solutions that let you take a phased approach to intelligent workload management. WorkloadIQ enables you to securely manage the entire workload lifecycle while ensuring all of your computing environments are policy-driven, performance-optimized, identity-aware and integrated across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

If intelligent workload management is on your resolution list for this year but seems like too much to handle, don’t scrap the whole idea. Let Novell’s broad portfolio of WorkloadIQ products, solutions and partners deliver the end result you need: a flexible IT infrastructure with complete control.

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