Generally, cloud computing means workload and data are accessed on the internet. Coupled with the agility in provisioning (typically workload is built via means of automation software which takes less than 30 minutes), enterprises who adopt cloud computing decrease the time taken before the entire platform is ready for further customisation especially, if the platform is a three-tier architectural system.
Virtualisation has enabled enterprises to operate their workload by being hardware agnostic. This has allowed them to be more agile to support operational needs. Likewise, cloud computing is simply the next step in the IT evolution by making it pseudo agnostic to the entire data centre. Some organisations who might be considering cloud computing are always faced with the decision in trying to quantify workloads that would best fit a cloud strategy, while others are strategising on building their private cloud and still being able to burst into the public cloud domain and will eventually be tapered to discussions with regards to security.
There is already a vast and diverse ecosystem within the cloud computing arena and with new and emerging technologies being established, these organisations who are considering cloud computing has a growing platelet to choose from and what could truly benefit them.
As organisations are getting more careful with their IT spending, IT departments may require less staff as workload increases due to business needs. Therefore cloud computing could be one of the avenues to allow these staff to refocus on what really matters while at the same time reducing CAPEX.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Typically, whether an on-premise deployment or utilising a public cloud provider service, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a form of cloud computing that provides virtualised computing resources. In an IaaS model, a third-party provider hosts hardware, software, servers, storage and other infrastructure components on behalf of its users. IaaS providers also host users’ applications and handles tasks including system maintenance, backup and resiliency planning. IaaS platforms offer highly scalable resources that can be adjusted on-demand. This makes IaaS well-suited for workloads that are temporary, experimental or change unexpectedly.
ACTOVIS, with her close relationship with various hardware vendors and rich experience in deploying infrastructure at an enterprise level, would be able to help your organisation to deploy and strategise within an achievable timeline. As with some cases, ACTOVIS will be able to assist in providing manage services (Refer to Manage Cloud) to help maintain, especially but not limited to an on-premise deployment.
Platform as a Service (Paas)
Platform as a service (PaaS) is a category of cloud computing services that provides a platform allowing customers to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app. PaaS can be delivered in two ways: as a public cloud service from a provider, where the consumer controls software deployment with minimal configuration options, and the provider provides the networks, servers, storage, OS, ‘middleware’ (i.e. java runtime, .net runtime, integration, etc.), database and other services to host the consumer’s application; or as a private service (software or appliance) inside the firewall, or as software deployed on a public infrastructure as a service.
With the knowledge and expertise from ACTOVIS, organisations will be able to ascertain the right deployment method, strategy and chargeback models to achieve their stipulated goals. ACTOVIS will be able to assist in providing manage services (Refer to Manage Cloud) to help maintain these systems and expand the PaaS as required.
Backup as a Service (BaaS)
BaaS is a service that provides users with a system for the backup, storage, and recovery of computer files. Online backup providers are companies that provide this type of service to end users (or clients). Such backup services are considered a form of cloud computing. Online backup systems are typically built around a client software program that runs on a schedule. Some systems run once a day, usually at night while computers aren’t in use. Other newer cloud backup services run continuously to capture changes to user systems nearly in real-time. The only backup system typically collects, compresses, encrypts, and transfers the data to the remote backup service provider’s servers or off-site hardware.
ACTOVIS are partners with the mainstream enterprise backup software provider and hence, we will be able to work together with you on an affordable investment in enabling your organisation to achieve data resiliency.
DR as a Server (DRaaS)
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third-party to provide failover in the event of a man-made or natural catastrophes. Typically, DRaaS requirements and expectations are documented in a service-level agreement (SLA) and the third-party vendor provides failover to a cloud computing environment, either through a contract or pay-per-use basis. In the event of an actual disaster, an offsite vendor will be less likely than the enterprise itself to suffer the direct and immediate effects, allowing the provider to implement the disaster recovery plan even in the event of the worst-case scenario: a total or near-total shutdown of the affected enterprise.
DRaaS can be especially useful for small to mid-size businesses that lack the necessary expertise to provision, configure and test an effective disaster recovery plan (DRP). Using DRaaS also means the organisation doesn’t have to invest in – and maintain – their own off-site DR environment. An additional benefit is that DRaaS contracts can be flexible as the business’ needs change.
Although the downside is that the business must trust that the DRaaS service provider can implement the plan in the event of a disaster and meet the defined recovery time and recovery point objectives, ACTOVIS will be able to bridge this gap by working together with the customer to determine the required RPO and RTO, drafting out the required IT policies and conduct a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to ensure drafted policies are tested and revised as required.
With ACTOVIS certification of ISO 20000 (Managed Services), ISO 27001 (IT Security Management) and ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ACTOVIS will not only be able to deploy and implement the cloud solution required by your organisation, but to manage it as well. With our service and operation team on 24 x 7, organisations that employ our services will have peace of mind as we will work together with your business unit to ensure failures are resolved in a timely and professional manner.
Private / Hybrid / Public Cloud Management Platform
Using cross-platform tools is prudent when implementing a hybrid cloud management strategy that includes multiple providers. Amazon Beanstalk, for example, supports deployment, capacity management, load balancing and management tasks, but the tool is limited to Amazon cloud.
It’s vital to determine what mix of cloud tools will be most valuable. IT staff often are faced with the quandary of using specialised tools versus a suite of tools. This raises some questions: Do you want to use a “single pane of glass” approach to cloud management tools, or would you rather use a collection of specialised tools, each designed to address a specific operation in cloud management?
With a pool of professionals within ACTOVIS in their respective specialisations, ACTOVIS will be able to provide and advise best fit solutions to your requirements and provide on-going support (if required) to continue to guide your organisation in technological upgrade roadmap for those implemented.