Every organization wants to make IT more agile and responsive—it’s about AWS-like consumption: on-demand and easy to use. The first way, i.e., using public clouds can help with agility and elasticity. Public clouds also have drawbacks: the most obvious drawback is the that the cost becomes high if you are running a substantial number of applications 24/7. Also, data is no longer in an organization’s own data center, which can raise security and regulatory concerns.
The second way, i.e., using private clouds, allows IT to retain control over the applications and data, maintain security, and minimize infrastructure costs. The problems that arise with private cloud are operational complexity and lack of cloud skills. The IT team has to deal with procurement, infrastructure management, complex upgrade processes and troubleshooting of your internal data center. Also companies call their virtualized environments as cloud and in that case developers don’t get self-service and agility they were looking for; eventually innovation suffers and IT operational cost goes through sky.
What if there is a third way: SaaS based application consumption and infrastructure management portal backed by easy to build private cloud infrastructure.
A setup with the best of both worlds:
- Developers can consume resources from anywhere using a SaaS web-portal and get AWS-like agility.
- The IT operations/infrastructure teams get the benefits of a self-managed cloud. IT team has control over phsical infrastructure and can view the global multi-site cloud environments from anywhere but does not have to manage the servers, or pay people to patch, upgrade, secure, and provide other non-value-add tasks to keep data center services running.It benefits from built-in automated upgradability and rapid access to new features.
For you to be successful with such a SaaS managed and infrastructure backed solution, it must be based on an architecture which includes the following features:
- Flexible consumption: the SaaS solution must offer multiple ways for their customers to use it: a web-based user interface, API and cli.
- Self-managed by software: The software and SaaS provider deals with the complexity of managing the infrastructure, upgrades, security and scalability.
- Self-healing and no single point of failure: It should be built to be self-healing and always on, meaning the customer should be be able to use with little or no downtime
- Open: The solution must be adaptable to run on readily available commodity hardware. It should be Open API driven and abstract away the complexity of underlying technology be it OpenStack, container orchestration framework such as Kubernetes or VMware based.
- Data driven: It should provide correlated visualization with an intuitive view of what’s happening across the stack. A system which is based on data driven decisions leading to higher efficiency and utilization
- Seamless user experience: Offer an integrated platform across private and public clouds.
The constraint you need to consider are that your data center is as secure as the SaaS portal.
Let us see how building such a cloud will look-like: It’s a simple 3 step process:
With less than a day from infrastructure deployment to app provisioning, it can help you to simplify your cloud and get to market quickly.
In summary, cloud demands a system where the users are able to be up and running fast and IT supports business without losing control. Customers want a solution that is easy to use, distributed, reliable, high performance, and scales linearly. We cannot stop IT from wanting control, systems from failing or users from looking for ways to easily deploy workloads but we need to bridge the gap between ease of use and control.
SaaS consumption and management portal backed by private cloud infrastructure fits exactly in this gap; its user driven, accessible anywhere , resilient with self-healing, agile with automated upgrades, cost-effective, and scalable. It is the potential solution to present and future cloud needs.