Novell Cloud Manager creates and manages cloud environments that provision workloads on demand in a secure and compliant manner. Novell Operations Center has an integration module to Cloud Manager that allows you to view the Business Groups defined in Cloud Manager, the Business Services for each Business Group, and the Workloads that have been provisioned.

With this data from Cloud Manager, Operations Center builds service models to correlate the Cloud Manager workloads to virtual machines gathered from the PlateSpin Orchestrate Integration Module. You can also correlate IT data from other Operations Center integration modules that may impact the workload or business service. When retrieving business service data from
Cloud Manager, Operations Center detects service level objectives and dynamically creates the objective on the business service workload. This allows you to view the health of the business service workloads in the Operations Center Dashboard.

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Figure 1: The cloud administrator can track SLA compliance for all services running in the cloud

“By integrating Novell Operations Center with Novell Cloud Manager, cloud administrators can dramatically increase corporate business agility and ROI by:

  • Improving visibility into service compliance
  • Measuring and communicating service quality
  • Applying the appropriate business rules
  • Providing cloud end users and business owners with role-enabled, self-service
    web-based dashboards”

See http://www.novell.com/docrep/2011/03/novell_cloud_manager.pdf for a more in depth look at how these products work together.

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Karen Nemzek
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