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The Difference between a Cloud Management Platform and Software-Defined Cloud

When we speak with the customers, analysts, and press, we often are asked to categorize what we deliver. HyperGrid’s vision is to deliver a Software-Defined Cloud (SDC) which provides a single control plane for all your data and workloads, on-premises and in public clouds. It intelligently manages workloads and applications on any of these clouds for DevOps (or ITOps) teams while providing governance and control of all the resources and cloud environments. This enables ITOps and MSPs to deliver the cloud model across any public, private, or hybrid cloud.

One of the questions we get asked is if SDC is synonymous with the Cloud Management Platform category. This is not an unfair assessment, but it is an incomplete assessment. Let’s examine this further, looking at the journey to SDC  and the cloud model, its capabilities and benefits, and how it is far more expansive especially in terms of public cloud capabilities.

Application Modernization

Modernizing legacy applications is critical for businesses. Many organizations have legacy applications and they still contribute to the business, however, their cost structure is quite high due to the legacy infrastructure required to run the application. You can modernize legacy applications leveraging containers without any code changes to the application. By modernizing these applications, IT can reduce the cost structure of the application to leverage a cloud model while still realizing the business benefits.

This is key to achieve a software-defined cloud with all applications. Applications need to be able to realize the full benefits of a cloud model.

Build Modern Apps on Any Cloud

A software-defined cloud needs application blueprints and templates to ensure the consistent creation and deployment of applications across clouds. In HyperCloudTM, we have the Enterprise App Store which accelerates application development while simplifying the relationship between DevOps and IT administrators. The Enterprise App Store has over 400 application templates that developers can use to quickly and easily develop applications. IT can control cloud usage by governing who has access to the templates and how many times, to ensure asset usage is also controlled.

Once you develop the app using the templates, you can one-click deploy the application to public and private clouds in minutes. Developers also have the option to customize the deployment to meet their specifications. You can also automate your CI/CD processes for agile app development and integrate that into a Software Defined Cloud platform.

Intelligent Workload Placement

To complete the software-defined cloud, guidance on workload placement needs to be included. Analysis of cloud services, costs, performance, and compliance is collected and analyzed to provide a complete picture of the best platform for a workload.

HyperCloudTM Analytics has over 500 million data points on cloud services to provide guidance on where the best place for a workload is across public clouds. Once an application is created in the Enterprise App Store, you can deploy it to the cloud of your choice as mentioned, or you can leverage HyperCloudTM Analytics. Going a step further, you can input the compliance and performance requirements of the application, and then HyperCloudTM will give you the various options and their various prices for consideration, for complete intelligent workload placement.

The ability to read cloud bills and make it easy for IT to understand their cloud bill is an often-overlooked capability. There is article, after article, after article of complex cloud bills. Software-defined cloud does not overlook this need and provides the ability review your cloud bill so you can see exactly what services you are using, reserved instances or persistent instances, high performing storage versus blog storage and so on. Then, you can see how to make changes to reduce your cloud spend.

 Cloudifying Existing Assets

You can cloudify new and existing assets to achieve the cloud model across the entire environment and deliver services to the business. Application templates and Infra resources (networking, VMs, containers, and software-defined storage) are made available to developers through an automated self-service portal that can sit on top of existing virtualized environments to bring cloud-like self-service benefits to the existing environments. End-users can now request what services they need simply and easily.

The cloudification of IT assets also provides a clear picture of all your resources under management, so you can see if there are underutilized assets. You can also assign rate cards and provide show-back or charge-back reports for those environments. Now that you know what resources are being utilized by different tenants, teams and end-users, you can make more informed decisions on IT purchases – on-premises or in the cloud.

This is a capability not found in many cloud management platform as they typically look for workloads and data in a public cloud. HyperGrid goes one step further, and is able to deliver blueprints to create a fully integrated IT services stack to be consumed like a cloud within your environment for any new resources that are needed.

Software-Defined Infrastructure Management and Automation

Within a SDC environment, resources from the on-premises environment can be managed seamlessly from a single portal. End-to-end lifecycle management is possible for Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, VMware vCloud Director and other environments with lifecycle management. Additionally, through this same portal, self-service provisioning is possible making it easier for development and innovation to move forward without interruption.

Most cloud management platforms provide management of public clouds, but are usually limited in support. A complete SDC supports public, private, and hybrid clouds with the ability to manage data and workloads across seamlessly across the environment.

Conclusion

A software-defined cloud delivers many of the capabilities of a cloud management platform and much more. The approach is completely integrated, so the impact between resources and applications is easy ascertain, so you can make intelligent and informed decisions in terms of your technology and business options. You can learn more about HyperCloudTM’s capabilities here, or try out our free SaaS platform for cost optimization and intelligent workload placement.

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