Every organization wants to make IT more agile and responsive—it’s about AWS-like consumption: on-demand and easy to use.
There are two main methods of deploying a cloud solution:
- Public Clouds
- Allow for agility and elasticity
- The cost becomes high if you are running a substantial number of applications 24/7
- Data is no longer in an organization’s own data center, which can raise security and regulatory concerns
- Private Clouds
- Allow IT to regain control over the applications and data, maintain security, and minimize infrastructure costs
- Lack of cloud skills: The IT team has to deal with procurement, infrastructure management, complex upgrade processes and troubleshooting of your internal data center.
- Operational complexity: Companies refer to their virtualized environments as clouds, which results in developers not getting the self-service and agility they were looking for; eventually, innovation suffers and IT operational costs go through sky.
What if there is a third way?
SaaS-based application consumption and infrastructure management portal backed by an easy-to-build private cloud infrastructure.
This setup is the best of both worlds:
- Developers can consume resources from anywhere and get AWS-like agility using a SaaS web-portal
- The IT operations/infrastructure teams get the benefits of a self-managed cloud. The IT teams have control over the physical infrastructure and can view the global multi-site cloud environments from anywhere. They also do 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 of new features.
For you to be successful with this SaaS-managed and infrastructure-backed solution, it must be based on an architecture that includes the following features:
- Flexible consumption: The SaaS solution must offer multiple ways for their customers to use it (e.g., a web-based user interface, API and CLI).
- Self-managed by software: The software and SaaS provider will deal 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 (the customer should be able to use it with little to no downtime).
- Open: The solution must be adaptable to run on readily-available commodity hardware. It should be Open API-driven and reduce the complexity of the underlying technology (e.g., OpenStack, Kubernetes’ container orchestration framework, or VMware-based).
- Data driven: It should provide correlated visualization with an intuitive view of what is happening across the stack. This system would be 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 is whether your data center is as secure as the SaaS portal.
Let’s 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, this process can help simplify your cloud and get it to market quickly.
Clouds demand a system where users can quickly get it up and running and IT can support the 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; it is 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.