An Integrated Approach to IT with Software-Defined Cloud
Today’s enterprises are using more than one cloud. In many cases, it wasn’t necessarily a well-thought out strategy, with IT weighing the benefits and costs of a workload profile and determining the best cloud. IT was probably under a deadline, and went with the cloud that would accept their credit card the fastest. After two, three or even four teams do this, suddenly, the organization realizes, they are using multiple clouds. The CIO probably figures out that he has a multi-cloud strategy based on the invoices the company receives.
According to Gartner, organizations leverage 4.6 external clouds on average.
Gartner, Market Guide for Cloud Service Brokerage, Sid Nag, 23 August 2017
This is in addition to the legacy infrastructure that the organization already has. On-prem, legacy infrastructure cannot effectively communicate with cloud applications and requires significant effort for management and maintenance. This leaves little time for innovation and activities that move the business forward.
Multi-cloud and Hybrid Cloud
A multi-cloud strategy presents many challenges, the first of which is management. Each cloud has its own set of services, application deployment methods, and management tools. In fact, in this article from Information Week, As Cloud Market Swells, So Does Cloud Environment Complexity, by Emily Johnson, control panel inconsistency was described as the top compliant IT users are voicing to analysts. The complexity of management and maintenance is overwhelming and it is almost impossible to staff the IT talent for this type of environment with applications across public and private clouds and on-prem datacenters.
A haphazard multi-cloud strategy is just part of the problem. Applications and workloads run the business. If the performance of critical applications is interrupted in anyway, customers are lost and revenue is impacted.
Legacy infrastructure provides complications as well with manual processes impacting development and innovation. These silos across clouds and IT layers further increase complexity in the environment.
Software-Defined Cloud: An Integrated Approach
An integrated approach is required, unifying clouds and unifying layers of the IT stack. Software-Defined Cloud delivers cloud as a model with a simple platform that intelligently manages workloads and applications on any public or private cloud, increasing the productivity of IT staff. SDC unifies application management, cloud management, and software-defined infrastructure to deliver agility, automation and application transformation through the cloud journey.
- Cloudify existing assets: Legacy infrastructure can be a barrier to innovation. HyperCloud enables the cloudification of existing assets to a cloud model.
- Automate operations with SDI: A highly automated, full IT stack within the datacenter which is consumed like a cloud, at 50% of the cost of public cloud. Automation ensures the simple, fast, and consistent allocation or resources.
- Cloudify existing applications: Containerize legacy applications so they can effectively leverage a cloud model across public and private clouds simply and easily.
- Build modern apps on any cloud: Effectively manage, create, and deploy applications across public and private clouds consistently, reducing management complexity for IT staff.
- Intelligent workload placement: Compare the cost to run an application across public clouds and make the right decision for placement based on the performance and price.
In our next blog, we will discuss the Triple A – Agility, Automation and App Driven – in terms of how it supports the cloud model.