What Software-Defined Networking Means for the Enterprise Cloud
Data Center & Managed Service Providers Eyeing Cloud – What are you waiting for?
Think You Have a Private Cloud Already? You Might Not.
There are compelling reasons to deploy private cloud in addition to utilizing public but selecting, implementing, and operating a private solution is far from easy. The market share, which is very much up for grabs, is currently shared by hardware incumbents in the storage and server space alongside the cloud software solution and implementation vendors. Partnerships and alliances have been forged and broken leaving little clarity on what direction the market space is going and where it will end up.
What’s lacking is a solution set that provides a public-like experience and frees up IT resources to focus on applications and analytics rather than sustaining an IaaS. Private cloud solutions are also expensive and highly complex. IT leaders tasked with virtualizing their environments are presented with a whole new set of complexities that public cloud doesn’t present such as lifecycle management of platforms and self-servicing of virtual infrastructure.
Today’s successful private cloud deployments require IT to harness expertise in server and storage hardware platforms plus one or more cloud solution platforms. Expenditures are greatly increased during planning and implementation phases and ongoing operational costs are incremental. Efficiencies and productivity improvements are gained but from a pure IT workload perspective, not much has changed. Large enterprises have been able to implement private cloud but for small and medium businesses the investment required is cost prohibitive and leaves them with public cloud as the single option.
A simple seamless experience on premise providing lifecycle support delivering flexibility, agility, reliability, resilience, scale, and security through a self-service cost effective subscription based platform is the end game for the private cloud market suitors and addresses the concerns for small, medium, and large enterprise.
Connectloud has had this vision since it’s inception over 3 years ago and today has a fully developed global platform providing Multi-Tenant Automation and Orchestration. Simplification, speed, stability, and scale have been the primary focus for Connectloud’s global platform named uCloud. Unlike other bulky cloud management stacks, uCloud frees up IT from the long painful cycle of installing and maintaining the full cloud platform on premise.
Connectloud’s approach is very different from today’s most popular platforms as uCloud introduces a new breed global control plane providing all cloud functionalities as a service, freeing up IT so they can focus on running business applications rather than building an army of admins to manage the cloud platform. The speed and simplicity of operating uCloud is unmatched boasting over 200 Rest APIs equipping administrators with complete flexibility of portal/dashboard creation and integration for a user experience tailored to fit the need.
For more information on our Fully Functional Private Cloud as a Service visit www.connectloud.comContinue Reading…
A big reason why companies are using virtualization is to make more efficient use of hardware such as servers. So-called “virtual machines” – meaning software programs that emulate how given pieces of hardware work – essentially allow one set of hardware to do several jobs at once on many different machines.
Now, a relatively new approach promises to bring this same basic idea to networks that carry phone calls, data and video. It is being billed as the largest disruption to the way computer networks are designed and operated since the introduction of TCP/IP paradigm more than two decades ago.
Software-defined networking, or SDN for short, allows a central software program (rather than hardware) control networks that move the data, video and phone calls from one place to another. A somewhat more technical definition is that SDN separates what’s known as the “data plane” – the part of the network that moves data packets – from the “control plane,” which handles jobs like routing traffic and configuring and operating the network.
This is vital for cloud computing because the emerging field of SDN may make it less expensive – and faster – to build networks that carry large amounts of traffic. Continue Reading…
Amazon announced AWS earnings in April for the first time ever since it incepted that line of business 9 years ago. Quarterly net sales rose by 49% to $1.57 billion and operating margins were 16.9%, higher than anticipated. There is no reason to doubt revenues will continue to rise sharply in the future due to the immense market opportunity in the cloud services. 17% margins are very healthy considering how aggressively Amazon reinvests in growth potential such as global Data Center footprint rollout.
Not bad for a book company eh?
What I’d like to call out here is gone are the days analysts would call for small single digit margins in cloud. The 17% cited by AWS is also conservative due to their asset expansion strategy, so the reality is significantly north of 17% margins. What this means is Data Centers and MSP’s that have been hesitant to embrace cloud due to profitability concerns now should realize those concerns are no longer valid.
Time to get in the game.
So what does one look for in a cloud platform deployment to maximize profitability and minimize risk? Given the market opportunity, how does one go about full deployment? You can pay IBM, VMware, Cisco, Accenture etc to do the deployment, but then your contribution is heavy handed to their margins and why wouldn’t one try to retain that? Second option is to take on OpenStack development in house or via out sourced model. Either method is fairly labor intensive since OpenStack needs significant development to become commercial grade. Third is to take advantage of the new Cloud Management Platform Providers that have developed very agile and nimble solutions given lessons learned from the decade old players.
Obviously many factors to be considered, but I’d like to suggest three areas:
First is a Hybrid architecture that scales. Architectures that allow access and control of multiple hypervisor and cloud types will become table stakes in the coming years regardless of initial deployments being public or private. Think years out and scaling across dozens of data centers/regions and the ability to pursue the most cost effective cloud pathways dynamically.
Second is Velocity. A cloud management platform worth it’s salt should be able to be fully deployed within 30 days. Caution here is to be sure the commitment is fully functional cloud threaded to all applications. Many cloud platforms claim rapid deployment times, only to initially produce an idle cloud with little to no applications fully meshed.
Third is Cost. Continue Reading…
Over time Data Center and Managed Services Providers have been seeing revenues decline due to emergence of multiple Public Cloud providers and lack of native cost effective solutions that would enable them to compete in this hyper growth market. Over time they are transforming into either a Colo provider or Offering a ‘stitched together’ solution for cloud computing with low to no margin. Most of these solutions require multi-million dollar investments coupled with long drawn out deployment timelines that in most cases terminate their dreams of market entry, not to mention the complexities of architecture (public or private, single or hybrid control, white silicon or proprietary hardware, etc).
To add to the complexity of market entry, enterprises and other customers are already looking for solutions that will provide the capability of deploying a Private, Public and Hybrid cloud. Most of these deployments would be brown field which adds the complexity of absorbing existing Cloud deployments and infrastructure. Many SPs have just stagnated in that horrid or horrors placement called the land of in-decision.
Connectloud recognized the hurdles and created a Zero touch SaaS platform that Enables the Data Center to become a Public, Private or Hybrid cloud provider with built in application orchestration, monitoring/notifications, capacity planning, and managed services view. More importantly increased velocity to production all the while lowering up-front costs based on a pay as you go with a minimal hardware requirement model. With Connectloud’s full stack cloud software solution, data center services provider or managed services provider can become a Cloud Provider for a net investment of one hundred thousand dollars (including hardware) in a matter of weeks Continue Reading…
Watson looks up and comments on the starry sky. He observes there must be billions of stars and planets. Astrologically, Saturn is in Leo. He deduces by the stars that the time must be about a quarter past three. The sky is clear, so he guesses it won’t rain.
He then asks, “My friend, Holmes, what do you see?” To which the wise fictional detective responds: “Watson, you fool. Someone has stolen our tent!”
In the same way Watson missed the forest for the trees, enterprises might not understand their current predicament regarding the cloud. When you take a look at what they’re actually operating, it’s easy to see they don’t embody what experts think of as a private cloud, and they’re not getting the full benefits as a result. Continue Reading…
For the uninitiated, cloud computing – or at least the jargon surrounding cloud computing – can be as confusing as a trip to Baskin-Robbins for someone who’s never had ice cream.
And, while there aren’t quite 31 flavors of cloud, choosing which variety suits you best can be a challenge.
One of the best things about today’s emerging new class of Cloud Management Platforms is that you are no longer limited to just one flavor – public, private or hybrid. It’s now possible to mix and match the cloud types that suit your various business needs and requirements and to manage them all from one screen.
But still, it’s helpful to have some understanding of the current trends surrounding cloud computing, especially as more vendors lay out confusingly titled options. Following is a quick synopsis of some key trends, as well as terms that are helpful to understand as you shop around. Continue Reading…
This is an amazing time in cloud computing. Recently, we’ve seen dramatic reductions in the price of public cloud with Google and Amazon engaged in a high-stakes arms race to the bottom. How low can they go?
First came Google, with price cuts ranging from 32 percent for compute to 68 percent for storage. Back came Amazon, with reductions of 30-40 percent for compute and 51 percent, on average, for storage.
As Infoworld cloud computing blogger David Linthicum wrote, the two largest public cloud vendors are like a couple of carnival barkers, “standing on the sides of the strand, shouting out lower and lower prices for their services of luring major enterprises to their tents.” Continue Reading…
The constantly evolving dictionary of IT terms had a new entry in the past year or so: Software-Defined Networking. In short order, SDN has threatened to become one of the most important terms of 2014.
Here’s why: For a variety of reasons, large enterprises are relatively late to the cloud party and all the benefits that are possible, from reduced capital and operating expenses to elastic capacity for innovation. Now, the pressure is on IT to transform from organizational obstacle to facilitator of innovation – without losing governance.
SDN, which you’ll see referred to alongside sister terms Software-Defined Data Center and Software-Defined Storage, helps provide an answer to that need. Continue Reading…
Every health care professional knows the implications of HIPAA, which not only required the establishment of electronic health records (EHRs) but also mandated stringent regulations on data privacy.
In effect, the law mandated a huge expansion in health care computing needs (by requiring EHRs), while at the same time blocking an easy path to meeting those needs in the public cloud (by threatening heavy fines for privacy violations).
Most institutions were simply not willing to trust data security to the public cloud. Even with encryption and other barriers, data breaches and security failures remain all too common. And, if a breach occurs, it’s the health care provider – not the cloud provider – who’s on the HIPAA hook. Continue Reading…
The other day, someone asked me a question that cuts right to the core of Connectloud’s existence and why uCloudTM is such a leap forward for Enterprise CIOs in all industries: What takes companies so long to stand up a private cloud through legacy implementation, and what allows uCloudTM to do it so much faster?
The answer is why we at Connectloud left our previous jobs to start a new company – to change tech, to provide CIOs what they have been asking for.
To start with, cloud management platforms – the tools we used to stand up clouds – were mostly an afterthought until now. What folks have done is stitch together legacy software applications and called them cloud management platforms. Continue Reading…
When big, room-sized mainframe computers emerged in the 1950s, they cost so much that making efficient use of them was at a premium. Machines with no computing power of their own (called “thin clients”) were used to tap into the mainframe’s computing power simultaneously.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The same concept underlying the old idea of “time sharing” is at work today in what’s called “multi-tenancy.” In the context of cloud computing, this refers to sharing one instance of a software application. Continue Reading…
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Building anything can be a challenge filled with pitfalls you can see and minefields you can’t. The construction of a private or hybrid cloud for your enterprise is no different.
But if you don’t watch your step, it’s easy to walk smack into buying costly technology that doesn’t meet your expectations. It’s also quite feasible to set expectations too high internally, leading to disappointment and slashed budgets in the future.
The analysts at Forrester Research have issued some handy guidelines to enterprises interested in setting up a private cloud – an option now within reach for an increasing number of companies through an emerging class of cloud management platforms.
Here’s a list of some do’s and don’ts when delving into the cloud, according to the folks at Forrester: Continue Reading…