Introduction to Compliance in Turbonomic: Demo

Video Transcript

Welcome to Turbonomic. Turbonomic is the autonomic system that enables your hybrid cloud estate to self manage to assure performance, lower costs and maintain compliance.

In this short demo, we’ll explore some examples of how Turbonomic can keep your hybrid cloud environment in continuous compliance.

Upon installation, Turbonomic discovers your entire hybrid cloud estate, represented here as a supply chain from the application layer all the way down into the infrastructure, helping you understand things such as the number of VMs in your estate, how many are healthy – in this case 172 – how many are running inefficiently, 73, and how many are impacted by performance issues – 6. This enables you to understand the state of your environment across each layer of the stack.

Looking at the actions that Turbonomic has determined will keep the environment healthy if they’re taken, we see it’s possible to save over 260 dollars a month by taking these actions, but that we also need to invest some 26 dollars per month to meet new demand to keep applications performant. However, assuring performance and reducing costs are not your only concerns – you also need to maintain compliance.

One important aspect of compliance revolves around licensing – if for example you’re not careful to ensure that, say, Windows-based VMs remain on Windows-licensed hosts, you may find your company liable for thousands or millions of dollars of unbudgeted licensing costs when you’re audited.

Drilling into the specific actions that Turbonomic has identified, we see here compliance decisions. Drilling in on a specific decision, we see that this VM should be moved from one host to another to maintain Windows licensing compliance. You can take this and the other compliance decisions recommended by Turbonomic by simply clicking on each and hitting apply.

This ability to maintain compliance enables you to avoid the unnecessary cost of licensing all hosts in an environment for any operating system or other software entitlement, as well as enabling non-licensed workloads to access the resources on a licensed host if needed, saving you from over-provisioning on licenses as well as unnecessary excess physical capacity.

Now let’s look at how Turbonomic helps maintain compliance in the cloud. One of the bigger compliance issues in the cloud revolves around data sovereignty – data that must remain physically in a specific geographic location.

Clicking into the cloud view, we see a single placement action is pending. Digging deeper, we see that Turbonomic is recommending to move this VM from AWS EU central (in Germany) to AWS EU west (in the UK) in order to assure compliance with a data sovereignty policy that this data should live in the UK to remain in compliance with new Brexit regulations.

Again, executing this decision is as simple as checking the decision and then clicking apply. These decisions can all be automated in Turbonomic, ensuring that they are all taken to proactively keep your hybrid cloud estate in compliance with any corporate policy, licensing restriction or governmental regulation.

The scale and complexity of today’s hybrid cloud environments have grown beyond human scale, making such manual decisions impossible, particularly considering how performance, cost and compliance inter-relate and impact one another.

But with Turbonomic, all of these decisions are generated by the system itself, automatically, enabling your hybrid cloud estate to manage itself with no human intervention needed, assuring performance, lowering costs while maintaining compliance.

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