Thousands of servers and not enough staff to manage them. What’s a poor IT manager to do?


By Matthijs van Leeuwen | July 15, 2014 | HPC, Linux, Cluster Management, Linux Cluster Management, Hadoop, Hadoop Cluster Management



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Today’s data center managers have a lot on their plate. They’re responsible for more servers and storage than ever, and have to react quickly to frequent changes in demand for service. Administration and management solutions play a crucial role in helping sysadmins face these challenges.

Gartner refers to the four biggest trends that currently dominate the world of IT as The Nexus of Forces : mobile, social, cloud, and big data. Each of them holds out a great deal of promise for business owners. Mobile applications and social media provide companies with direct access to customers. Cloud services ensure that the business can always access its data and applications efficiently. Big data provides new insights into a company’s business processes and customer buying behavior. Companies that want to stay on the cutting edge of their industry would do well to immerse themselves in these technologies, and that means their data center must also be up to the task.

The way we managed data centers in the past isn’t flexible enough to cope with current IT trends. There are simply too many devices in today’s data centers for the old ways of manual configuration to be practical. It takes too long, and introducing errors is almost inevitable. For example a request to set up a new test cluster can take weeks to implement. That’s just not fast enough when time-to-market is an issue, like when you need to deploy a new mobile app for your business.

Automation to the rescue!

The solution to the growing burden of the system manager is automation, and all of the major vendors in the data center landscape are approaching it in their own way. One such approach is to provide integrated management software that translates the wishes of the sysadmin into all of the necessary configuration file changes for devices throughout the data center. This saves a lot of time, and drastically reduces changes of errors being introduced through simple human error while editing files manually.

Bright Computing took this approach when we developed our flagship product Bright Cluster Manager. It provides data center administrators with an integrated solution that enables them to quickly and flexibly set up and manage clusters. It also provides the ability to use Amazon Web Services to transparently extend the clusters into the cloud in order to scale capacity when needed.

Leveraging Big Data

The latest addition to our product line simplifies the provisioning and management of Hadoop clusters. It supports the leading Hadoop distribusions so that customers can choose the big data solution that best fits the needs of their business.

I began this post by highlighting the problems of an overworked data center manager. Our mission at Bright is to provide software solutions that help lighten that burden so they can take full advantage of the latest IT trends and focus on accomplishing their goals.

Matthijs van Leeuwen, CEO Bright Computing