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Configuring a virtual data centre with the Data Centre Designer

Easy to operate – efficient to use

The simple art of IaaS with the DCD of the Enterprise Cloud

Flexible configuration of your company’s IT in the public cloud is a step in the right direction to make your entire infrastructure fit and secure for the future. We developed the Data Centre Designer (DCD) to simplify the process of building a virtual data centre. For us it’s all part of the deal in “infrastructure as a service".

The browser-based, graphic user interface in the DCD provides all the tools you need to create and then modify your own data centre in no time at all. Configure your virtual IT infrastructure precisely the way you need it to be.

The DCD:
Easy to use

The way the Data Centre Designer works couldn’t be simpler: You just drag and drop the components you need to a whiteboard and arrange them there.

The following components are available – Live Vertical Scaling lets you adjust your resources by operating a slider:

  • Server:

    Configure each server to match the needs of your company. Cores and RAM are freely scalable.

  • Storage:

    You can also choose any number of HDD and SSD storage units that you would like to use. It takes just a few clicks to assign required storage or a CD ROM drive to the servers.

  • Load balancers:

    Add one or several load balancers to your infrastructure to distribute the computing load across several servers and in doing so avoid overtaxing your resources.

  • Connectivity:

    Use the mouse cursor to link your servers and the Internet connections.

  • Firewalls:

    Firewalls can be added to keep your infrastructure safe.

You can’t do anything wrong, either. The Data Centre Designer checks the plausibility of your configuration in real time. Here you can test the DCD.

Flexible use of RAM and cores

You can add up to 62 cores and 240 GB of RAM to each server if you pick AMD processors. Intel CPUs allow you to deploy up to 27 hyper-threaded cores and 120 GB RAM per server instance. There’s lots of storage space available as well. Select up to 16 TB HDD storage or 1 TB SSD storage per instance.

The foundation: The Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC)

The DCD lets you adjust all the components of your virtual data centre, because the Enterprise Cloud provides you with a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) that is not restricted to just dedicated hardware. Here, the software is responsible for administration of the abstracted components. Instead of just virtualizing storage or servers, our SDDC provides an entire virtual data centre.

Software defined networking runs in the background to control the interaction between the components. The DCD deals with the task of generating the necessary protocol commands on your behalf.

Use the Data Centre Designer to manage complex tasks

You can manage even complex settings thanks to the DCD’s outstanding ease of use: The IP Manager let you reserve and manage IP addresses in your virtual network, grant permissions and assign IP blocks to various groups. If DHCP configuration fails, you can also use the DCD to assign IP addresses manually by remote console. The console allows you to access your server even if a connection by SSH or RDP is not possible.

Image Manager
included in the DCD

The Image Manager is used to manage your images and snapshots.

Any HDD and ISO images you upload are listed here – which keeps things neat and allows you to filter and manage permissions. Images are easy to add to your data centre by FTP connection.

Tailored server operation with
automatic start/stop

Automatic start/stop is another useful function in your Data Centre Designer. It is advisable to disable a server and in doing so save costs if it is no longer needed in your infrastructure. The automatic start/stop lets you shut down unused servers and free up additional CPU. Choosing this option will not delete the components from your whiteboard, so you can reboot them if they are needed later on.

Access your virtual data centre at any time

You can configure your resources quickly and easily with the Data Centre Designer in Enterprise Cloud – 24/7, even as a hot swap. But not all IT managers like working with a graphic interface, so it is also possible to control your virtual resources by Cloud REST API. You will find plenty more options to customise your infrastructure in our DevOps community, for instance SDKs, tutorials and complete modules for a broad range of micro-services.