Deploying new cloud environments can be a time-consuming process. Administrators spend hours or days specifying precise server attributes, installing software, rebooting machines, configuring the software and running scripts. In addition, this process is rife with opportunities for human error. What if a sub-optimal best practice configuration isn’t followed? How much time will be spent troubleshooting to find the root cause of the issue?
The CenturyLink Cloud Blueprints are designed to solve these issues. Each “template” offers a deployable configuration that can bring a new environment online in a couple of clicks. The end result? Custom apps and pre-packaged software are always deployed to their ideal settings, thus eliminating problems related to misconfiguration and mismanagement.
For administrators, the real challenge isn't building servers, it's building application environments made up of multiple tiers of networked servers, all running highly configured software. It can be time-consuming, error prone, and dependent on the availability of infrastructure networks.
Whether you need to run a simple script on a few servers, or repeatedly install Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012, or perform a general availability update to your Linux environment across thousands of servers, it's all easily available via Blueprints and included in your CenturyLink Cloud account.
An ever-growing list of blueprints have already been authored and are available to be used today.
Server provisioning, OS and software configuration, and application installation are all scripted into Cloud Blueprints. The orchestration software makes it easy for users to deploy solutions, reducing operational support costs and speeding time to implementation.
Check out the short Cloud Blueprints video to the right and see how easy it is to build, deploy and publish environments to the CenturyLink Cloud.
Common cloud environments (i.e. messaging and collaboration, or an ISV’s specific application) should be deployed consistently with best practices in mind. Yes, documentation and other materials can help, but these mechanisms don’t enforce adoption. With cloud orchestration tools like Cloud Blueprints, IT managers can easily design, deploy and adhere to best practices over and over again.
IT organizations strive to ensure that all production servers meet a certain standard. Easier said than done, since these standards encompass hardware specs, software versions, license maintenance, patch levels and security configurations. Cloud Blueprints, built with these standards in mind, solves this issue for IT.