Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud?
It’s fair to say that we have all witnessed and benefited from the rise of a plethora of disruptive IT Companies that have positively transformed the ways in which business is conducted.
The nature of sudden explosive demand of today’s internet-based economics makes it a necessity for businesses to implement Cloud-based solutions from the get-go. Therefore aligning your internal business practices towards Cloud-Native concepts like DevOps and Microservices is so vital that it’s not even questioned in the highly competitive environment of Silicon Valley.
Creating infrastructures that have the capability to scale based on a sudden demand is one of the key features of running a successful business in today’s environment. Luckily there are solutions like Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure – the current leaders in the realm of Cloud services that fill this huge niche. Almost every IT company that has the potential to scale uses its infrastructure in one form or another.
However, as businesses grow and scale their Cloud Infrastructure, several issues can arise in the realms of security and pricing.
Companies that are in the business of security, be it banking or maintenance of physical infrastructures, understand the necessity of owning and controlling their data, therefore they are more prone towards using private cloud services. Other companies end up having to move part, or all of their services to a private cloud-based purely on the nature of the public cloud service pricing model.
When businesses grow and expand their cloud infrastructure they quickly end up in a situation where their public cloud service costs skyrocket and account to a large percentage of their yearly business expenses.
When dealing with the necessity of having to move or expand the computational and storage power of a private cloud, many businesses start to think whether this adds more complexity, especially because it has become so convenient to use public cloud services that they don’t even want to bear the thought of going through the difficulties of instantiating or upgrading their data centers.
– Didn’t we go through this already? They may ask
– Wasn’t it just a few years ago that we upgraded our data center and now we have to completely remake it again?
These are important questions, and it is understandable why some of them will be reluctant to take this route and decide to continue covering the high costs of a public cloud. Yet, the transition to private cloud has become way easier and manageable thanks to the current trend of cloud mindset.
As public cloud costs rise, many companies do in fact upgrade their private cloud data centers and move most of their services back under their control where they get flexibility, security and most importantly a possibility to cut a significant amount out of their operational expenses.
There are a lot of companies nowadays that understand the importance of having a Hybrid – public/private cloud solution and they have found ways to manage their private data centers with the same level of efficacy as public clouds. Most importantly they were able to avoid the large expenditures like new routers, firewalls or the need to hire more network engineers.
They have been able to save a lot of money by offloading their services from public clouds, regained control over their data and were able to spend only a fraction of a conventional data center upgrade. They were able to bring their data center resources to the levels they currently needed and also maintain the capability to easily scale when deemed necessary.
There are various software tools that address the automation and integration of private data centers into the Cloud-Native framework, however these tools like VMware, OpenStack, or Nutanix contribute to the Compute and Storage side of the data centers which pertains only to the servers that are managed, but they miss the important networking part that also needs to be integrated into these software-based solutions.
But how can we integrate these solutions if the conventional networking equipment is monolithic and locked into its own software?
In fact, this isn’t the case anymore. Leading vendors have started producing what are now called white box switches that allow software-based solutions to take control over the hardware. These switches have pretty much become Linux based devices that can be controlled through software. XCloud is a complete intent-based cloud-native orchestration of your network that uses these white box switches.
With XCloud you can instantiate and expand your private network infrastructure while keeping all the benefits of public cloud. We provide an all-encompassing solution that lets you manage your data center in the same convenient manner as any of the leading public cloud services but with the added benefits of security, scalability, cost savings and time efficiency.
We eliminate the unnecessary tension between development teams and network engineers by completely automating the deployment process through a user-friendly interface and APIs that allow developers to adjust the segments of a network that are assigned to them.
Setting up new switches, scaling your network, moving servers from one location to another, load balancing, instantiating ACLs has never been so intuitive and easy to configure.There’s no need to buy an expensive router or a firewall as most of the operations are done on the switches or NFV servers in a decentralized manner.
The combination of XCloud along with the public cloud solution of your choice will create the Hybrid cloud structure that will best suit the needs of your growing business.