The Cloud Beckons
Addressing the persistent demands for flexibility and scalability keeps many c- level executives awake a night. Elasticity is not just about hyper scalability, it is having access to the right compute, store or network resource when needed. Creating cost-effective resource availability to support every day tasks, mission critical applications or even disaster recovery, is just one incentive for adopting a cloud solution. Other advantages include productivity, manageability and efficiency – all critical for high performing business.
Traditional IT architectures made the most of the technology available at the time. The solution for addressing spikes in demand was to over-provision servers or storage and bite the bullet when it came to the budget. Not only was this inefficient, but the architecture created siloes of development, systems and IT tools. Times have changed. Budgets are flat or declining and it is no longer acceptable to have under-utilized resources.
The cloud-based model of resource on demand is the future desired by most IT organizations. IDC estimates that traditional data centers accounted for 62% of current spend, with 23% going to public cloud and 15% spent of private cloud. By 2020, IDC predicts data center spend to decline to 50% while public cloud an private cloud IT investment will increase to 30% and 20% respectively.
However, this requires a shift in IT mindset to thinking about delivering resources in a services-based operating model vs. an application-based model. This is at the heart of the digital transformation. The focus is streamlining processes, ensuring collaboration, improving automation and increasing agility. Transformation must be achieved, but it requires a commitment in time, money and mindset.
So Many Choices
The challenge today is that there seems to be unlimited choice when it comes cloud solutions. Whether it is the public or private cloud or options that feel like cloud, many options exist for migrating away from the traditional data center.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing as follows:
The 5 essential cloud characteristics are:
- On-demand self service – meaning the ability to provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed, without requiring human intervention by the service provider
- Ubiquitous network access – resources and capabilities are available over the network using standard tools and processes to allow use of heterogeneous client platforms such as workstations, laptops, tablets and/or mobile phones
- Resource pooling – the cloud providers resources are pooled to serve multiple clients using a multi-tenant model, with physical or virtual resources dynamically assigned according to user demand
- Rapid elasticity – resources, in the view of the user, are able to rapidly scale outward and inward commensurate with demand and without limit
- Pay-per use – resource utilization is monitored (e.g., storage, processing, bandwidth, user accounts), measured and reported for the purpose of billing and transparency
The public cloud, available from providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, provides shared physical hardware made available as a service to deliver the required scalability, elasticity, pay-per-use and self-service models. They are powerful platforms that allow service providers to easily launch new services that face fluctuating resource demand. However, in part due to their commitment to multi-tenancy and centralized computing, they still face challenges regarding data privacy, security, compliance, customization and unexpected costs related to movement of large volumes of data.
The other popular alternative for enterprises is building their own private clouds. To clarify the definition of private cloud, this is a physical cloud infrastructure that is wholly dedicated to one organization. It may be located on or off-premise. This model addresses concerns for control, customization, security and data privacy, but is challenged by an IT organization having the in-house expertise to build and manage a cloud solution, and/or willingness to harmonize their IT infrastructure. A higher upfront investment is usually offset, long term, by predictable ongoing costs. An important concern is that organizations may not gain the hyper-scale capability needed to addresses workload bursts.
A common misperception is that cloud computing is simply virtualization. While virtualization is an element of a cloud infrastructure, virtualization by itself is not the cloud. The cloud, public or private, requires a level of orchestration, automation and management.
- Orchestration coordinates the delivery of compute, storage and network resources.
- Automation allows an operator to establish parameters to automate defined processes.
- Management tools provide insight in the performance of both services and infrastructure, providing insight and alerts regarding workloads and resources./li>
Without a combination of these elements, virtualization is not the cloud. If your goal is to optimize the use of existing physical resources, virtualization can help. However, if your goal is to provide automated, self-service access to a pooled set of virtual resources while adhering to security policies, budgets, compliance requirements and regulations, then private cloud is the only choice.
With the knowledge, that a private cloud fulfills your business requirements, identifying a platform that provides all of the benefits of both public and private clouds is the next challenge.
Developers Defining the Future
Building a private cloud solution requires more than virtualization. It’s a process that looks at both technology and organizational requirements.
But, don’t just look at the infrastructure. Remember, cloud means services not products. When assessing your private cloud options, understanding the needs of your developers is critical for creating an on-demand IT environment. In this new cloud world, developers hold the keys to the kingdom.
In the “old” world, IT architecture was developed from the ground up – meaning server and storage resources were defined based on the requirements of a given application. Scale was achieved by adding more CPU, RAM or storage. The result was operational silos, over-provisioning to address capacity spikes, and redundant software licenses – not to mention complex maintenance, management and support. This is not a condemnation of existing architectures – they reflect what was available at the time.
Today’s cloud-based architecture can deliver ‘anything-as-a-service’. But in order to do this, developers require a development environment that gives them access to the tools that allows them define and provision various services. Public cloud providers, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure, have been preferred options due to their availability of expected services. At a high level, these services include compute, storage, database, messaging, DNS, load balancing (and much more) accessed via a management console with a user interface that allows design via a web browser, command line interface or APIs.
Developers benefit from on-demand development environments, gaining access to the necessary tools (e.g., source code repositories, project management tools, unit test suites) and full sets of APIs. Remembering that the cloud presents abstractions of server, storage or network configurations, developers can easily scale up necessary resources and delete them when they are no longer necessary. When it comes to testing, developers again have access to on- demand resources in a pay-as-you-go model to perform user acceptance testing.
This simplicity and accessibility is a must have for agile development and for enterprises who want to continuously release updates to better serve their internal and external customers. What if there was a solution that addressed the enterprise dream of an autonomous, “easy-to-deploy”, “easy-to-manage”, cost- effective, secure, customizable cloud platform?
Get Smart With a Turnkey Cloud Stack
The smart cloud solution is one that provides the on-demand elasticity of the public cloud plus the data privacy, compliance and customization of the private cloud – all behind the corporate firewall. This solution must also provide a rich set of APIs and services that provides developers all the capabilities of developing in the public cloud. This solution should not require you to invest in expensive tools from virtualization or storage vendors to deliver a real cloud experience.
Welcome to Ormuco – a hybrid cloud platform provider enabling the enterprise to deploy their own private clouds, without a requirement for in-house cloud software expertise or the high cost or time associated with customizable solutions. Ormuco brings expertise founded in fulfilling real-time peak capacity requirements of customers unwilling to use the public cloud. They embrace the importance of elasticity for the enterprise, but also recognize enterprise priorities related to shared services, data privacy, network customization and/or multi- cloud support. Ormuco acknowledges the conundrum of open source tools, while wanting to take advantage of the related cost benefits. The result is an intelligent cloud stack providing the benefits of a hybrid cloud deployment in a single software stack.
With the understanding that using open source software can be difficult, Ormuco has pre-packaged key technologies such as Kubernetes, Containers, OpenStack, Ansible and Ceph, and combined them with its proprietary artificial intelligence and automation process into a single, unified software platform. The result is The Intelligent Cloud – a turnkey cloud platform that combines an automation framework, machine learning, AI, federated identify provider, middleware and remote installation with user-centric functionality such as end- user portals, advanced billing and metering, a separate API layer, integration testing and app center.
Ormuco’s Intelligent Cloud is the result of 1 million person-hours and a clear commitment to using a DevOps methodology to developing a Docker-native container based architecture. This simplifies updates for both the operating system as well the cloud stack itself. Imagine a cloud platform that updates as easily as your smartphone!
A Focus on Simplifying the Complex
One of the biggest obstacles facing IT organizations considering the cloud, is that architecting a cloud solution requires new skills. Ormuco simplifies cloud adoption by providing a stack that incorporates key cloud functions. In addition, the Ormuco Stack can be deployed on bare metal or virtual machines – allowing IT teams to consolidate existing IT infrastructure. In fact, it presents abstractions of bare metal servers as services. It also supports both cloud native and traditional applications.
Developers benefit from Ormuco in a variety of ways. It’s unique UI represents services in an intuitive manner to simplify developer assembly of services. Ormuco’s set-up services deliver a customized UI that is specific to the customer environment and designed to accelerate service development. Due to Ormuco’s focus on the needs of private cloud development it provides services to address concerns for data sovereignty as well as requirements for direct private networks to virtual machines. It enables user collaboration and definition of roles by project or datacenter. And, Ormuco provides greater financial control of development by providing billing by project.
These tools and flexible consolidation of systems enables developers to create an environment that lets the enterprise to focus on their applications rather than the cloud itself. Existing IT Investments can be repurposed (e.g., servers, storage, network) while the migration to cloud helps reduce or eliminate IT silos, while avoiding vendor lock-in. The future is a collaborative, intelligent use of infrastructure – enabled by Ormuco.
The open source development community is deep and wide. While public cloud providers can be attractive for developers, it is challenging to put cloud-native applications that have been developed in the public cloud into production in a hybrid cloud environment. Ormuco provides a new alternative for organizations developing and running on open source. It provides the collaboration, APIs, extendibility and customization expected of open source.
Ormuco allows DevOps teams to benefit from Open Source through:
- Open-source code
- Service liquidity
- Multiple access routes to your platform, including a GUI dashboard, command line tools or RESTful APIs
- Improved stability, security, improved lifecycle management and overall management due to use of Kubernetes
What sets Ormuco apart from the competition is its use of open source and its ability to simplify visibility and management of one or many Ormuco clouds.
Preparing for the Future
Ormuco believes the future of IT infrastructure is decentralization. Centralized services originating from private, public or hybrid cloud will no longer be the only option. Instead, the future is a services-centric architecture leveraging the optimal infrastructure whether it is located in the cloud or at the network edge.
In some part, this is a natural extension of the cloud focus on service-centric processes, container-based architectures and the development of micro- services. Monolithic architectures are a thing of the past. Agility, flexibility and time to market are the baseline requirements for modern applications. IT processes will be designed around service requirements for latency, connectivity and localization rather than application, function or department based siloes. As an example, consider the evolution of the Internet of Things where more and more data will be captured and processed at the network edge.
The Ormuco Stack can easily be deployed centrally or locally at the network edge. Its control plane provides visibility of the entire Ormuco deployment – whether on premise or not. It provides a federated view of workloads and resources. It will collect and correlate data giving operators the ability to transfer workloads if necessary.
The 1-2 Punch of Ormuco + HPE Synergy
Simplification and efficiency are the name of the game as IIS introduces Ormuco on HPE Synergy. IIS sees the synergies. Both Ormuco and HPE Synergy are designed for the services-oriented economy, providing the agility, automation, manageability and orchestration needed for enterprises to easily migrate to cloud architecture.
Both Ormuco and HPE have worked to take the complexity out of open source technologies, such as OpenStack, and infrastructure deployment. HPE Synergy focuses on composable infrastructure and how it can be used for a variety of applications and workloads. Ormuco addresses how application workloads access resources across hybrid cloud deployments. While Ormuco on HPE Synergy can scale on-premise to as many nodes as any other OpenStack solution, Ormuco on HPE Synergy is also a compact bundle for edge deployments.
Ormuco is a charter member of HPE’s Cloud28+ marketplace. In addition to collaborating for deployments on HPE Synergy, Ormuco is helping ISVs to join this marketplace and increase its Service Center catalog.
The IIS Value Add
IIS is your trusted technology partner. When it comes to strategic partnerships, like Ormuco and HPE Synergy, we compose the optimal set of people resources and technologies to architect the right solution for your environment. We help prioritize and balance your technology requirements as aligned with your business needs, identifying required customization or integrations.
As a HPE Global partner of the Year, we have the capabilities to assess and analyze workloads and datacenter architectures to help you with your migration to a cloud optimized composable infrastructure. We will architect the right balance of bare metal, virtual and containerized resources, based on your current investments, budget and operational needs. We will collaborate with you to define and create the templates that make the combination of Ormuco Cloud Stack plus HPE Synergy Composer and Image Streamer so powerful.
After deployment, our managed services deliver enhanced proactive, unified monitoring of your infrastructure environment. Leveraging Synergy’s embedded monitoring and management capabilities, IIS delivers unified monitoring of your entire HPE and non-HPE infrastructure, delivering rich dashboards, alerts, governance and custom reports. With dedicated resources to monitor, manage and maintain your single or multi-cloud infrastructure, your team can focus on business priorities while we focus on infrastructure.
Our goal: to bring you in depth knowledge of Ormuco + HPE Synergy to tailor a solution to meet your business, organizational and technology goals.
Easing Your Journey to the Cloud
IIS understands that change is unsettling. However Ormuco delivers a cloud stack that brings the benefits of OpenStack plus a design that provides:
- Software-driven hardware optimization
- Streamlined deployment and operations, to optimize IT resources
- Multi-orchestration with access to Kubernetes, OpenStack and Docker
- User-friendly portal for simple consumption, compliance, governance, accessibility and reporting
- Cost-effective alternative to Azure Stack, AWS and others
It’s time to decrease your dependence and investment in siloed IT. Rather than pay ongoing maintenance costs, manage patches and be stifled by legacy software, it’s time to improve team collaboration, consolidate tools and systems and invest your budget in the future. Whether you are deploying a private cloud or want to white label your own cloud service, Ormuco will allow you reduce license costs, support fees and manual efforts. Most importantly, Ormuco is flexible enough to be customized to address the most critical needs of your environment while adhering to OpenStack standards.
IIS is Ormuco’s exclusive system integrator partner in North America. As Ormuco has taken the biggest challenges of open source cloud and packaged them its Stack, IIS will manage deployments of Ormuco Stack on HPE Synergy. The result - simplifying your adoption of cloud.
Are you ready to begin your journey?