Cloud Computing: How do I keep my options open for the future?

February 8, 2013 by Diana Nolting


Technology changes so fast.   Enterprises need to be able to plan their IT infrastructures with change and innovation in mind so they aren’t locked in to today’s decisions, tomorrow.

Recently Bluelock received this question from a prospective cloud user, “How do I use the services available today but keep my options open for future changes?

Public cloud is a perfect example of how you can use today’s technology and maintain flexibility in your infrastructure.

A perfect example is how Bluelock was able to help a Fortune 500 retail store “buy time” with their infrastructure while achieving the desired flexibility of cloud IaaS, without lock-in. 

They were in the process of building a private cloud, however as many enterprise companies find, it was taking more time and resources than they had anticipated.  They needed somewhere to temporarily place their workloads while they continued to build their own cloud. 

Enter Bluelock’s Virtual Datacenters.  By working with Bluelock to use VDCs based on VMware vCloud technology the retail chain was able to temporarily use a public cloud solution that looked and acted exactly like their private cloud would look when it was finished.  As their temporary needs were fulfilled and their private cloud was completed, they were able to move their workloads to their internal private cloud. 

Virtual Datacenters hosted in the public cloud bought their internal IT team time and flexibility. 

Bluelock Solutions Architect Jake Robinson states that vCloud Director is a key to the portability and flexibility available. “By using vCloud Director you can export VMs and run them in any virtual environment, not necessarily only VMware environments. “

He continues to explain that you are able to use Open Virtualization Format (OVF), which is an open-standard that is administered by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF).  This format allows you to export your entire stack to migrate it easily to another location.  This is key in flexibility and the ability to change your mind down the road.

Beyond the technical specifics, cloud offers your team horizontal and vertical flexibility.  Robinson explains that you have flexibility between different clouds, but you also have flexibility among the resources you consume in the public cloud.

“I may need 100 of something today, but only 50 of that particular resource tomorrow.  With public cloud we can adjust resource allocations to maximize spend based on what you need and use.  This allows us to not worry about the unpredictability of workloads.”

“Cloud is about being flexible,” Robinson explains.  “You’re not locked in to today’s decisions.”