In my previous post I discussed the way Infrastructure and data centre technology has been developed over the years, in the modern-day environment almost 90% of organizations have some sort of cloud Infrastructure in their environment. If you are part of that 10% that does not have cloud Infrastructure and would like to know more about the “cloud” then this post is for you.
What is cloud infrastructure?
So, you are properly asking yourself what is cloud Infrastructure? Cloud Infrastructure is no different from the typical data centre except that it is virtualised and offered as a service. Servers, storage, compute resources and security are all key components of cloud Infrastructure.
Components of the cloud
Storage as a service – (also known as disk space on demand)
Commonly used with Smaller companies and individuals to store their data with an external company also known as an (SSP) smaller companies particularly find this to be convenient to manage back-ups, provide cost savings in personnel, hardware and physical space.
Database as a service– (DaaS)
Data base as a service is a model that provides users with access to a database without setting up physical hardware, all admin tasks are taken care of by the service provider.
Process as a service-
Is remote resource that can bind many resources together, such as services and data, either hosted within the same cloud computing resource or remotely, to create business processes.
Application as a service –
Known as software-as-a-service (SaaS), is any application that is delivered over the platform of the Web to an end user, typically leveraging the application through a browser. Examples of this is google docs, Gmail, google calendar.
Cloud Infrastructure as a service
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is the foundational later of cloud computing, allows users to build virtualised IT platforms that are easy to scale. Users access these resources via a browser-based management consoles or by an API. IaaS services are built to scale to meet the demands of the organization, organizations only pay for the resources that they use.
Public cloud computing is a public pool of resources developed from hardware that is managed by a third-party company. A simple pay per resources used model is used by external companies to deliver infrastructure, storage and cloud-based applications. Advantages of public cloud is that expenses are been reduced as organizations only pay for what they need and gaining access to a wide range of tools and services that can be used by the operational and development team.
Private cloud is a dedicated environment that is managed internally by an organizations Infrastructure or IT team, private cloud has similar advantages to public cloud including scalability, Improved resources utilization and self – service capabilities. Advantages of public cloud include customization to adapt compute, storage and networking components to suit the organisation. Security of having your own private cloud rather than having a shared pool of recourses, as well as security organizations can benefit from high performance as there are dedicated resources for business needs.
Most companies struggle to manage their costs and performance on a public cloud once their usage crosses a threshold. It is especially true for static long running workloads like test & dev, big data analytics and multi-tier web applications. Most cloud management platforms (CMPs) help with deployment but do not provide active migration across AWS and on-premises cloud. ZeroStack’s Cloud Platform provides the most controlled and risk-free path to a hybrid cloud strategy with open APIs. The analytics from ZeroStack Self-Service SaaS Portal can help you determine the best placement of workloads to save cost and get highest performance.
- Predictable performance and cost
- Lower your AWS bill for long-running workloads
- Control your application deployment using placement policies
- Complete visibility of infrastructure-level stats for ease of troubleshooting performance problems
- View your AWS workloads within the ZeroStack Self-Service SaaS Portal
- Two-way migration of workloads between AWS and ZeroStack
- Create projects (equivalent to VPCs) in ZeroStack
- Cloud management of your datacentre with self-healing architecture minimizes OpEx
- Private cloud with similar services and constructs found in AWS
- Transparent cost model for both on-premises and AWS
- Test and stage on ZeroStack and move to production on AWS (or vice versa)
If you are looking into cloud Infrastructure or are looking to lower the cost of your cloud infrastructure and would like the benefits of a public cloud experience with the private cloud experience, then it would be worth your time taking a look at Zerostack via an online demo.