The Best of Both Clouds – Hybrid Cloud

As an SME, if only you could have your cloud cake and eat it, right?  It would be partly on-premise, to provide security and flexibility to your DevOps team and partly public cloud, to ensure you can use the (virtually) infinite resource for your production environment.  You could sleep better at night knowing that your developers aren’t costing you public cloud subscription fees and that your customers will be looked after by a solid SLA.  So how can you achieve this cloud euphoria?  What I have just described is how hybrid cloud works.  So why aren’t we all doing it?

There are very few hybrid cloud offerings available. It’s no mean feat to get your public and private clouds in sync and securely interacting. For one thing it requires a dedicated development team with the skills to create the elements required for a hybrid cloud resulting in an expensive product to make it commercially viable.  Up until now the cost has been prohibitive to small businesses and start-ups whose core business is not cloud technology.

You may already be using publically hosted cloud and have found the subscription costs escalating, or you may be creating apps isolated on your own cloud server that you invested heavily in, so how can you squeeze every penny and still take advantage of hybrid?

Microsoft Azure

Let’s look at Microsoft Azure.  Microsoft Azure allows you to run their public and private cloud on the same integrated software using the Dell Azure platform.  The Cloud Platform System Standard, as Microsoft have coined it, allows you to get the best of both public and private cloud environments.  There are only two downsides for an SME 1) the hardware can only be used with Azure cloud, vendor lock-in and 2) the cost.  At $9000 a month, plus your Azure public cloud subscription, this is really for the big-players in the industry. Microsoft are targeting companies with their own datacentres and giving them the flexibility to access the Microsoft public cloud easily.

Cloud Management Platforms

If you have already invested in private cloud hardware, then a quality Cloud Management Platform(CMPs) is a great way to bridge the gap between your on-premise and publically hosted infrastructure (IaaS).  CMPs are software applications that you can use to centrally manage all of your cloud resource.  You can set-up, tear down and monitor your private and public cloud servers all from one interface.  The main advantage is that if you already have disparate Public cloud elements, you can easily view and manage them all from one console and adding your private cloud in to the mix, you can see that this would be a low cost option to creating your hybrid cloud.

ScaleCloud Enterprise

ScaleCloud Enterprise, due for release in April 2016, provides everything you need for getting the best from your cloud.  A complete Enterprise private cloud in just 3U of server space.  Featuring a feature rich CMP that allows you to orchestrate all of your cloud estate, public and private. Replication, high availability and comprehensive support packages. You could be getting the best of both worlds and a good night’s sleep.

For more information on ScaleCloud products go to www.ScaleCloud.co.uk

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Tabitha Rawlinson
Director of Operations @ Innovate IT Ltd
As Director of Operations, not only is Tabitha responsible for the daily business logistics, but also has the additional responsibility for delivering the product development pipeline in line with the company’s technology road map and ensuring it meets with the customers’ future needs. No mean feat, but with 10 years experience in product development in the energy sector for a global corporation, she brings a wealth of experience. Tabitha has an honours degree in Chemistry from The University of Kent and a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Reading University.