EMC to Bring Documentum to the Hybrid Cloud!

Today at the Momentum conference, Rick Devenuti presented to us their plans of a hybrin-cloud offering.  For those who live the life of Documentum operations, this is very interesting as we all know how much babysitting any enterprise grade application needs and the CAPEX/OPEX costs that come with this.  Documentum itself does  want allot of love and when left without attention does eventually tend to throw its own hissy fits, forget about patching of the operating system and application itself!

The interesting part of their offering is that it effectively provides the ability to have self service Documentum production, quality assurance, and development environment within two hours after a few clicks.  As anyone knows, generally this is about a two month endevour and requires skilled staff in the art of DCTM voodoo magic, and the black arts of infrastructure design and deployment.  There have been many instances where being able to have a fresh documentum installation ready to take a DAR install would have been very nice.

Now, what about the ongoing operations?  From the presentation, in a pure public cloud deployment, EMC maintains the database, operating systems, network, servers and the base application itself.  Any organization wanting to either to test the waters of ECM or just needing to be a little more agile on their feet, this is definitly a great on-ramp.  It really lets an organization worry about what’s important, their documentum solution and keep out of having to try and maintain the infrastructure and and all those pesky little bits that tend of drive up the TCO.

Of course, we come back to some of the concerns we hear about cloud,  “I want my data in my datacenter, I don’t trust the cloud”  or  “I don’t trust that the public cloud is the right place for my business critical applications”.  IIG’s response is to also offer these services into your own private cloud / ESX infrastructure.  This does means you do take on the responsibility of the VMWare ESX farm, storage and network, but overall simplifies the process of deploying the stack.

Now, a while back I spoke of using VMWare Lab Manager to speed up Documentum development (post is here).  We have been reaping the benfits of this infrastructure but the downside of having to maintain a clean application stack does have a cost to it.  The plus to the Lab Manager approach is that you do have the ability of keeping an entire stack with all of your releases and allowing developers to self serve their environments.  The downside thou is that you now have to maintain the operating systems, support RDBMS technologies, et cetra.  Of course, the Lab Manager deployment also doesn’t nessarily cover your production needs either.   So it comes down to a pros vs cons and whether you like to have to repair and do the oil changes on the car you drive.

With all of this said, in the next few days I hope to get a few more details.  With any keynote, it’s obvious that they can’t dive into the depths of the feature sets or cost model.  Most of my questions come from the higher-end use cases where Content Servers are used in active/active/active, how they are planning to work with private clouds behind firewalls and that general geekery.  Additionally, the cost model of the service will be interesting, pay-per-hour, product licensing, et cetra. Keep your eyes peeled, hopefully I can get some goodness out there!

With all of Joe and EMC’s talk of cloud, it’s nice to see them drinking their cool-aid and bringing services this to bear.  Between this offering and xCP, this will definitly ease people’s introduction into the world of ECM.

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About ericgrav
Senior technologist specializing in information management and dabblings into cloud computing

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