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Many enterprise production environments run on VMware, but also have a need for temporary application environments. Often the entire environment and it's networking are exceptionally complex, with hundreds of VM's and virtual networks. Proper full-fledged environments are hard to come by for rigorous testing, especially when networking aspects are included.
Using Ravello, an exact replica of the total environment can be captured, and then uploaded or transferred to Amazon, even though many terabytes may be involved. Once it is on AWS, however, Ravello allows spin-up of the complete VMware environment in less than 20 minutes. The overall focus of Ravello is testing in the public cloud, allowing a team of development to test on a replica of the production environment.
RedisLabs at AWS re:Invent 2014
Redis is an open source advanced key-cache and store, generally used as a very fast in memory database. However, with the enhancements pioneered by RedisLabs over the past two years, you can move multiple database installations from datacenters to a cloud environment and treat it as a real database with zero touch , all the while preserving a high level of performance. With over 67,000 databases under management today, RedisLabs claims the fastest database performance in the world and exceptional reliability.
There is a free tier of service available online .There is also a RedisLabs on premise cluster that can be evaluated for datacenter use.
Enterprise workloads in the public cloud require both implementation and migration into the cloud, and ongoing management of those workloads.
2ndWatch provides migration expertise and long term management of those workloads, and targets two types of customers: The first customer is a large organization that may have several hundred applications that need to be migrated into the AWS environment. They have developed a structured process called Cloud Factory, which to date has assisted over 35 major corporations in moving their data centers to AWS.
The second type of customer is called an Accelerator - more calculating in approach, focusing on TCO road mapping, developing service catalogs and more complete automation for management of the workloads. Over 75,000 instances are under active management today, representing a depth of experience that has been captured in a number of proprietary management tools that 2nd Watch makes available to their customers as a part of the workload management service.
Big data is an evolving topic that has its own set of challenging, with the processing and data from a variety of data stores both structured, unstructured and then preparing it for analysis. Xplenty acts as the pipeline to gather the raw data, process it and then transfer to the analytical datastore that is preferred by the such as Amazon Redshift or Google's Big Query.
A typical use case involves online mobile or gaming companies that understand that they must understand their data in order to remain competitive. Although the preparation of the data is not particularly dramatic, it is essential to processing and the commercial insight that big data can provide.
Building a cloud is not as simple as it might first appear - certainly not a copy/paste of the on premise deployment of security, networking, workloads and storage. Emind offers two workshops: one intended for those not currently in the cloud, called Cloud Architecture and one for customers who have existing cloud deployment, called Second Opinion.
Both workshops result in three deliverables: a blueprint of the architecture for the cloud or tweak of existing design, a statement of work, and an effort estimation cost. There is a link to a calculator that reveals the future monthly cost of the proposed configuration.
There is no charge to the client for the Emind Cloud Expert workshop. More information is available at www.emind.co/workshop.
When working with a company considering moving to the cloud, a networking company has a different point of view. The public cloud is an untrusted network, and those who have not thought through the networking portion of the move will not have the ability to attest to the security and integrity of data that they enjoyed on an on-premise environment.
CohesiveFT uses a network appliance to insure encryption of data in motion moving to an within the cloud. When customers want to add additional features such as intrusion detection, SSL termination or content caching, CohesiveFT permits customers to use a Docker containers to extend the range of services, all in the secure data encrypted environment.
Combining a dynamic cloud service with application workloads that are also constantly changing, monitoring and control become a real challenge, especially when multiple public cloud vendors are used by the organization or where a hybrid cloud strategy is dictated. The lack of control and loss of visibility of users, locations and resources cloud at minimum invites in-efficiency and more seriously impact security and reliability of service.
Cloudyn is said to monitor around ten percent of the worldwide AWS load, and these issues seem to be present in all regions across the world. Cloudyn allows you to identify the right mix of cloud vendors by management from a single dashboard, and also allows grouping of reports on resources and performance for cost allocation to various business groups within the enterprise.
The main challenge that AWS and other public cloud providers face is the transition of a multitude of workloads from on premise solutions to the cloud, as opposed to just one or two demonstration projects. AWS comes with its own firewall and security groups, but managing that from the AWS console becomes much more difficult when there are scores or even hundreds of workload packages that must be deployed, monitored and audited. Even a dozen instances can demand management of IP addresses, ports, and security roles.
Dome9 plugs in at the API level and provides the visualization of the security posture of their customer's AWS deployment. Using techniques such as secure access leases as a VPN alternative, it allows a specific application to be open for a fixed time for a certain trusted IP address, instead of leaving ports open for SSH and vulnerable to attack. Dome9 operates at the AWS API level to provide total management of the security posture of their customers on AWS.
Hacktivists, rogue nation-sponsored actors, and criminals with advanced cyber capabilities have now supplanted industry competitors as the primary security risks for enterprise activities in the cloud. Bringing a datacenter from on-premise to the cloud depends upon being able to adapt everything that you have been doing as monitoring your infrastructure to be able to maintain the same degree of awareness and control.
MindPoint Group has been supporting GovCloud for over two years for clients with export controlled data. More details are available at their website, MindPointGroup.com
Security issues surrounding key management continue to inhibit movement of workloads to the cloud. HyTrust performs encryption and key managent using a policy based virtual appliance to manage the keys and a small policy agent for the OS of the virtual machine that provides administrative control, visibility, auditing and data security.
Security and compliance using Hytrust allows organizations to save money running workloads on Amazon, with full confidence in the security and compliance of their services. Hytrust is newly available at the AWS Marketplace or as a stand alone product.
Combining virtual infrastructure and cloud-based computing technologies can be complicated. While moving a single disk workload is very easy, but it quickly becomes more complicated when there are a number of workloads to be moved, while preserving the flexibility to move back in house or to another cloud vendor in the future.
HotLink enables you to either move from Zen, KVM or VMware into AWS, move between hypervisors if necessary, and move back into on-premise if that makes more sense for the business environment. You can eliminate overlay solutions that provide specialized automation on top of multiple native management toolsets, managing from a central point of view.
Developers are enthusiastic about moving to the cloud, but regulatory compliance concerns cause many organizations to go slow with broadbased transfer to the cloud. Many companies cannot move everything, and for what ever reason must maintain certain apps and data on premises.
Cloudian's product tiers to the cloud, allowing developers to burst into the cloud using S3, but reserving local on-premises storage for other application workloads. The biggest growth in data is unstructured, growing at about eight times the rate of traditional block storage data. Storage is extremely inexpensive at around one cent per GB per month.
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