Data Center Management for the Cloud Gets User-Friendly: Data Center Designer

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At 1& IONOS, we strive to make price- and performance-leading IaaS available to everyone, not just those who know cloud computing. User-friendly data center management is a high priority for us, which is why we have developed our unique, realistic data center designer. The first generation cloud targeted early adopters and developers. It was confusing to rely on tables and spreadsheets to configure complex relationships between hardware, servers, and network components. We believe that second-generation cloud cloud computing 2.0 has a duty to simplify cloud data center management.

Cloud Computing 2.0 offers easy-to-use IaaS.

What we want to achieve with the second generation cloud is usability and ease of use. We wanted to make it easy for a new customer to migrate to the cloud, regardless of their technical level. When Frost & Sullivan honored us for the New Product Innovation Award 2014 for Cloud Computing, they called "the very user-friendly graphical interface of the ProfitBricks (now 1&1 IONOS) solution," which "makes designing, creating, deploying, and maintaining a cloud environment effortless and fast.

Data Center Designer for improved data center management

For us, Cloud Computing 2.0 means replicating the physical process of designing and managing a data center as closely as possible, without the need for rack and network port cabling. Our DCD acts like a diagram on a whiteboard for effortless visualization. With drag-and-drop functionality, it's like adding items to your shopping cart at CDW: "It's the most intuitive and innovative way to design and configure an IT infrastructure," says Emrah Somay, Lead Javascript Developer at ProfitBricks. "First-generation cloud computing contains too many abstractions. It is not comprehensible and makes it really difficult for the users. The second generation cloud makes it possible."

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Right from the start, our team of UX designers and Javascript developers took on the task of developing a user-friendly ProfitBricks DCD. They proactively collected feedback from our customers to develop the desired tool. "Some customers are writing out their data center and building with the Application Programming Interface (API), but they all claim that the DCD is essential," says Emrah. With sliders to adjust performance, cores, and RAM, customers can easily manage their cloud infrastructure. It describes the list of changes that have been made since the last save, the validation of the changes, and provides ways to resolve issues such as incomplete configurations," says Emrah.

As in real life and in real time

Our DCD is not only an effortless digital version of a real data center, but also enables customers to build and manage their infrastructures in real time. As soon as a customer presses a button to provide our services, we deploy the necessary resources in the twinkling of an eye. "The DCD works on a real-time basis," says Emrah, "which means that if, for example, a user needs to add an additional virtual server or more memory at a certain point in time, all they have to do is drag and drop a box or click on an existing device to edit the specifications. The ProfitBricks cloud will then automatically provide what is needed."

Data Center Management: DCIM Tools compared to our Data Center Designer

Traditional Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tools are superfluous for cloud computing customers because they include redundant elements such as cooling, batteries and maintenance through the cloud. With our Data Center Designer, customers can focus on the resources they need, when they need them, and for when they need them. DCIM tools are also insufficient on their own, as they only take care of individual server instances. Our DCD enables the configuration and management of entire topologies of software-defined networks. Everything that is possible with a real infrastructure is possible with ProfitBricks, and much more.

As the price/performance leader in cloud computing, we offer cost-effective high-performance and storage solutions on request. As a pioneer of Cloud Computing 2.0, our customers also benefit from a cloud that is easy to configure. As Emrah puts it: "The DCD eliminates unnecessary elements and facilitates the fast and effortless design and management of the cloud, our customers can simply enjoy the fantastic ease of use and real-time delivery".

What data center management tools do you or your relevant teams use in the cloud?