Package Includes Powerful Virtual Data Center Tool
To create the private cloud, I defined and chose the VLAN pools, the public IP that is addressed and the corporate network elements that will be used by the private cloud. Behind the scenes, ConVirt handled all the networking elements, automating the assignment of public IPs to virtual machines and isolating virtual networks from each other (if needed) and all of the other IP-related chores that normally must be done by hand. I found one of the most powerful components of the CMS to be the virtual data center tool, which allowed me to quickly create virtual data centers that also offered self-provisioning capabilities to users. This meant I could build a virtual data center, allocate the available resources and then deliver that element as a private cloud virtual data center to others, such as customers or departmental network administrators.Simply put, I was able to beta-test applications on my second virtual data center, and then quickly transfer them over to my line-of-business virtual data center. The only obvious downside I came across during testing was that the product could use more comprehensive reporting, a critical capability that is a must for those using ConVirt as a provisioning platform for their customers virtual data centers. Also, the installation process can be somewhat complex, requiring knowledge of several open-source technologies, as well as a keen understanding of how various virtualization platforms work. Of course, there are many other ways to build virtual data centers. Many public cloud service providers offer tool sets that enable administrators to build custom offerings, create virtual data centers and deploy virtual infrastructures. Also, a vast number of IaaS vendors exist, each with their own take on how to manage and deploy virtual offerings and cloud services. However, ConVirt brings everything one needs together into a single, simple-to-use package that leverages both open-source technologies and works with cloud services providers, such as Amazons EC2, Eucalyptus and OpenStack platforms. That is what helps make ConVirt unique among a plethora of cloud-enablement tools.
Each virtual data center can be set up with its own users, administrators and VLANs, allowing full separation between virtual data centers, yet still provide centralized monitoring and management. I was able to create multiple virtual data centers under private clouds with ease. I found that very useful for creating a working virtual data center for cloud-based use as a line-of-business solution, while creating another virtual data center for prototyping and testing.