CiRBA for Placing Workloads
and Allocating Resources

Most organizations today combat risk in virtualized infrastructure by significantly over-provisioning hardware. Excess capacity creates a costly buffer zone that erodes the ROI on virtualization and cloud initiatives, but it's a cost that most organizations feel they have no choice but to incur because of the complexity of these new school environments. Shared infrastructure, workload mobility, and the rate of change in these environments greatly increases management complexity resulting in a lack of visibility and control. The solution is to optimize workload placements and right-size VM allocations to combat both risk and capacity waste.

CiRBA Optimizes Placements

CiRBA optimizes VM placements in virtual and cloud environments with its multi-dimensional analysis that considers all technical, business and utilization factors and constraints. CiRBA accurately determines initial placements, and will also continuously adjust these placements across physical servers to rebalance workloads, avoid hot spots, and "defragment" capacity to free up space for new instances.

The Tetris Effect of Workload Placement

Only CiRBA can place workloads considering their patterns, personalities, profiles and applicable policies in order to safely maximize density. With CiRBA, wasted capacity is significantly reduced and organizations save an average of 30% on hardware.

Environment
Before CiRBA
Environment
After CiRBA

CiRBA Environments

Imprecise Workload
Modeling & Placements
Wastes Capacity
Strategic Placements
Free Up Capacity for Reallocation


Controlling Software License Costs with Placement

Data center class software licensing provides the opportunity to license an entire physical host server and run an unlimited number of instances on that machine. To take advantage of this requires VM placements that minimize host licensing requirements and maximize density.

CiRBA optimizes VM placements considering licensing, utilization, business and technical policies, to save organizations an average of 55% per processor licensing packages such as Microsoft Windows Server - Data Center Edition, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database, Oracle Weblogic.

CiRBA offers a Software License Control module as an add-on to our award-winning Capacity Control Console that optimizes VM placements in order to:

  • Reduce the number of processors/hosts requiring licenses.
    CiRBA determines optimized VM placements to both maximize the density of licensed components on physical hosts and isolate these licensed VMs from those not requiring the licenses.
  • Contain the licensed VMs on the licensed physical servers.
    CiRBA's analytics restrict placements of licensed VMs to the designated physical servers over time in order to ensure licensing compliance and continued efficiency.

CiRBA Optimizes Resource Allocations

Virtual machines must be sized properly in order to service the applications within them. In cloud environments this means selecting the most suitable (and economical) instance size from a cloud catalog. Although most clouds require the end user to select this, they often get it wrong, as they may not know what their demands will be (or may not know how to express their needs in the language of Gigahertz and Gigabytes). CiRBA determines the right allocations and how they need to be adjusted over the life of an application in order to ensure that usage trends and changes in loads are properly accounted for.

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