|What is the Cloupia Unified Infrastructure Controller (CUIC)?
The Cloupia Unified Infrastructure Controller (CUIC) is a multi-hypervisor and multi-cloud management solution that provides comprehensive virtual infrastructure control, management and monitoring via unified interface. It provides self-service provisioning, workflow automation, automated policy enforcement and dynamic capacity planning. It reduces VM administration, troubleshooting & provisioning times and improves policy compliance, IT management consistency and resource utilization.
|What are CUIC key capabilities?
- Unified dashboard to control public clouds & data center infrastructure
- Multi-cloud & multi-hypervisor support
- Virtual infrastructure auto discovery
- Self-service provisioning portal
- Provisioning automation
- Virtual machine life cycle management
- Real time operational reporting & executive reports
- Dynamic capacity planning
- Automated policy Enforcement & compliance
- Track usage and chargeback
- Monitoring and Alerts
- 3rd party integrations- LDAP, IT mgmt tools, Service desk & virtualization platforms
|What problems does it solve?
- Vendor lock-in with public cloud providers
- Multiple interfaces to access and control public & private infrastructure
- IT administrative overhead to manage multiple virtual infrastructure
- Long lead times & errors associated with provisioning
- Visibility into multiple infrastructure resources
- Manual & labor-intensive reporting process
- Consistent policy enforcement & compliance across the clouds
- VM sprawl
|What hypervisor technologies are supported?
We support the following hypervisor platforms by the general availability time, but planning to support other platforms as well in the future.
- VMware ESX & ESXi
- Microsoft Hyper-V
|What cloud vendors are supported?
We support Amazon & Rackspace, but other major cloud vendors will be supported in the future.
|What are the system requirements for CUIC?
The CUIC will be provided as a downloadable virtual appliance. The following minimum system requirements are needed. For any other system configurations or custom installation, contact Cloupiafirstname.lastname@example.orgHypervisor: ESX v3.5 or vSphere 4
- Virtual hardware:
- 2 vCPU
- 1 vNetwork
- 3 GB Memory
- 12 GB disk
|What are CUIC key differentiators?
The key differentiators from the similar virtual infrastructure management solutions in the market are:
- Unified controller and dashboard for VM management across private and public clouds
- Multi-hypervisor and multi-cloud solution
- Self service provisioning portal with fully automated policy enforcement
- Advanced analytics for capacity planning, performance management & cost management
- Enables ITIL/ITSM best practices implementation and enforcement
|What is CUIC’s value proposition?
- Reduce operational costs and ensure policy driven compliance through self-service provisioning portal
- Reduce administration costs by offering one solution to manage and control both internal virtual infrastructure and public clouds
- Enables faster time to market by reducing provisioning errors and time
- Seamless integration with public clouds such as Amazon and Rackspace for cloud bursting and hybrid cloud deployments without any vendor lock-in risks
- Optimize infrastructure resources by dynamic allocation of resources and by reducing server sprawls
|How does CUIC help enterprises with cloud computing initiatives?
The CUIC helps enterprises
- to build internal private clouds
- to leverage multiple public clouds without any vendor lock-in risks
- to leverage multiple virtualization technologies
- to avoid administration overhead to integrate with multiple cloud vendors
|How does CUIC help enterprises build internal private clouds?
The adoption of cloud computing should follow a sequence of evolutionary steps rather than an overnight revolution. The best approach is to start with building a private cloud using internal
resources and policies.
- The CUIC provides self-provisioning portal to enable self-service.
- Admins can define group permissions and resource quotas to create multi-tenant shared infrastructure
- The CUIC enables business units to account, monitor and report resource usage and associated costs.
- The CUIC provides capacity-planning insight and automated reclamation policies that increase resource utilization
- Enables IT to automate many of its operations, policies and best practices.
|What extra benefits and cost savings will enterprises realize if they already implemented virtualization?
The biggest barrier to more rapid virtualization is management of the virtual infrastructure. Without appropriate policies and tools, companies slow virtualization to avoid losing control. The CUIC provides the automation, governance, and control that allow companies to deploy virtualization beyond initial plans.
- Automation of IT operations and integration with external cloud vendors to minimize labor overhead and free up resources for strategic initiatives
- Optimize hardware utilization with a robust reservation system, driving more utility from existing resources and reducing the need for additional hardware
- Dynamically allocate and recover virtual and physical resources to eliminate the threat of resource sprawl
- Cost allocation also helps align resource consumption with business objectives and shows consumers the relative costs of service tiers.
How does it reduce server sprawl?
- Reduces over-provisioning and unauthorized resource usage
- Restricts consumption to a group’s pre-allocated resources
- Provides review and approval of workflow automation for new requests
- Automatically reclaims and reuses resources after the end of the lease period
- Automatically reclaims and reuses inactive resources and abandoned resources
- Provides real time visibility into resource consumption for dynamic capacity management.
- Provides historical and trending reports for efficient capacity planning
What is self-service provisioning portal? And how does it help enterprises?
Self-Service portal provides on-demand access to shared infrastructure for non-IT users to create, deploy and reconfigure multi-tier system configurations in seconds without IT involvement. Self-service management reduces administrative burden and infrastructure management costs for IT and empowers the business to execute company strategy, get to market faster and grow top-line revenue. It helps enterprises with the following benefits:
- Reduce IT Service delivery cycle times via policy-driven automation
- Align IT service delivery with business needs
- Empower users to quickly access resources, eliminating wait times and inefficiencies
- The users can rapidly build or tear down the complex development, testing and training environments.