Tetris theory for multi-hypervisor clouds

Automated Capacity Control software company CiRBA has announced it’s version 8 iteration with support for Microsoft Hyper-V.

So what?

Well this is quite an (arguably) interesting tangent to the developer cloud management arena — with so much cloud news today focused on:

“Hey, look at our great APIs for developers…”


“Hey, we’re cheaper than Amazon Web Services so look at us…”

This company is more focused on the application mechanics of what happens inside cloud environments and how to deal with real world issues of managing the cloud inside the cloud.

Tetris in the cloud

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The company has described its approach to “managing the economics of the cloud application operational envelope” as similar to Tetris i.e. when data resides in the cloud it’s a question of finding out what fits where at what time depending on when that data is needed for different application processes.

It’s almost Windows disk defragmentation for clouds application if you will.

CiRBA’s so-called Control Console and new Reservation Console are designed to automate the entire process of selecting the optimal hosting environment for new workloads and reserving compute and storage capacity.

Cross-platform good…

The firm says that its Reservation Console’s cross-platform support to enables customers to automate “fit for purpose” placements for new workloads across multi-hypervisor, multi-SLA, multi-site virtual and cloud environments.

“The shift toward cloud is placing less emphasis on the specific hypervisor technology and more on the capabilities it provides,” said Andrew Hillier, CTO and co-Founder of CiRBA. “Having a scientific way to make hosting decisions across all hypervisors and hosting platforms really opens up the playing field and allows organisations to focus on the bigger picture of enterprise-level supply and demand.”

TECHNICAL OPINION NOTE: Concerns about vendor lock-in and hypervisor costs are driving more and more organisations toward multi-hypervisor adoption.

FACTUAL NOTE: According to research by Torsten Volk of EMA, 82% of organisations plan to adopt more than one hypervisor.

CiRBA surmises and concludes that multi-hypervisor adoption, particularly within private clouds, can present a significant management challenge for organisations in determining which workloads should be hosted on each respective platform.

In order to help combat the complexity, software application development teams may now need to change how they make workload placement decisions.