Counting down four top uses for VDCs: Part 1

July 20, 2012 by Diana Nolting

Virtual Datacenters (VDCs) hosted in the public cloud refer to a pool of cloud infrastructure resources designed specifically for enterprise business needs.  That pool of resources consists of compute, memory, storage and bandwidth.

When you’re working with Bluelock VDCs, you are able to pull from that pool of resources and adjust your needs based on your application’s needs at any given time.  Bluelock VDCs also allow you to adjust the resource allocations by turning “down” resources that have too much allocation and “turning up” resources that need to be increased.

Every application is unique in its use of resources.  Resource use grows and shrinks throughout the lifecycle of an application at varying rates.

Let’s take a look at pre-production workloads and their behavior in the cloud.

Pre-production workloads can be some of the most challenging and varied.  Throughout an application’s lifecycle, VDC resources need to be used for upgrade testing, development, functional testing and other test environments.  The resource drain during these tests vary and may not be predictable, as you’re testing to try and ascertain how they will behave later when they move to production.

This type of workload fits like a glove in Bluelock VDCs because you can adjust resources so quickly with our self-service tools.  Test the application’s upgrades, and then when the test is over, turn off those resources and reallocate to where you need them in the production environment.

What’s interesting about pre-production test environments in Bluelock VDCs is that you can create the environment to mimic the real environment, so when you’re ready to move it you can know exactly how it will behave.

This blog is the first in a series of four counting down popular uses for Virtual Datacenters. Watch the Bluelock Blog next week for a feature on new production workloads in Virtual Datacenters.



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