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The Six-Factor Checklist to Identify the Best Cloud Partner

The Six-Factor Checklist to Identify the Best Cloud Partner

Date : 2021-08-18

Cloud adoption has become the norm, and the Covid pandemic, with its accompanying new normal of Work From Home, has given this a major impetus. According to Gartner, IT spending is slated to accelerate until 2024—by approximately fifteen percent. Gartner has also forecast potential overspending by twenty to fifty percent through to 2024 by up to eighty percent of cloud adopters who are not aware of mis-steps or mistakes made during their cloud adoption.

In order to experience the benefits of cloud computing it is vital for infrastructure and operations managers to ensure compliance with best practices as they navigate their digital transformation roadmap.

Unquestionably the responsibility for assessing that cloud maturity benchmarks have been met is on Infra & Ops leaders. By following best practices and applying learnings from earlier cloud adopters, they can enhance cost saving, improve optimization and pre-empt risks.

The first and foremost step in doing this is to select the correct Cloud Service Provider (CSP) for the organization’s needs.

Checklisting Your Ideal Cloud Partner

Cloud Providers by and large offer similar technologies and solutions, but their frameworks can be very different. And this has a direct bearing on their ability to deliver on security and infra-compliance ability to yield the results that prompted your move to the cloud to begin with. Here is a list of the fundamental criteria that you should scrutinize when selecting the ideal cloud partner.

Security

The first determining factor should always be a check of security measures, since different CSPs deliver this differently and it is vital to ensure this is compliant with industry standards/regulations. So it is vital to evaluate the security features provided the CSP carefully to make informed decisions.

Standards & Compliances

Another key area of consideration is the CSP’s ability to meet applicable industry standards and compliance regulations. Organizations, too, need to understand their responsibilities in achieving compliance of applications and data post migration to the cloud. The CSP must be able to articulate the strategy and milestones whereby the organization can achieve compliance for their cloud infrastructure. And this compliance must be validated for all requirements by third party audits.

Analytics

Organizations need an end to end process for analytics and reporting to be able to measure important cloud metrics. Your CSP should be able to provide advanced analytics for you to accomplish mission-critical objectives. Check that your CSP is able to provide advanced reporting of services such as resource consumption and traffic, transparently.

Manageability

There are vast differences in the cloud platforms considering integration with existing services and orchestration tools. Organizations must understand their responsibility of efforts in managing their cloud environment. Additionally, It is crucial that they note the convenience of service integrations, which are indispensable for their business, along with the viability to transition to other similar services offered by CSPs.

Architecture

One of the imperatives for organizations is identify the architecture type that suit their application stack the best. This includes web applications, serverless, and virtual machines. Web applications enable organizations to run their applications and deploy code without the hassles that go with software installation, operating system or infrastructure.

Currently many cloud partners are geared to offer serverless architectures. This is a growing demand that relieves organizations of routine management tasks relating to performance, scalability, and infrastructure, and freeing them to focus towards meeting core business objectives. One option for organizations looking to self-manage their machines is virtual machines.

Support

One of the basic requirements from a CSP is 24/7 infrastructure support. Especially for organizations that need to run during non-business hours as well. To ensure this, an organization needs to verify the quality and extent of support the CSP is able to deliver, as well as factors such as turn-around time for resolution clearance, and general time-effectiveness.

In Conclusion

While there are many parameters against which an organization needs satisfactory delivery, the above list comprises the primary areas where a CSP must be able to satisfy the organization’s cloud needs. It goes without saying that organizations must also do their due diligence on factors such as the CSP’s certifications & standards, reputation & references, and vendor lock-in criteria.  By remaining vigilant to the CSP’s capabilities, and stringent in their selection, organizations can ensure they make properly informed decisions in selecting their cloud partners, thereby saving time, effort and money, and ensuring efficiency and future-readiness.

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Amazon DynamosDB: Speeding up digital transformations in the cloud

Amazon DynamosDB: Speeding up digital transformations in the cloud

Date : 2021-08-24

As a document management system, Amazon DynamoDB stands out for its robust security, agile delivery and reliable performance. This document and key-value NoSQL DB management system is a fully managed, durable, multi-master, and multiregional database can handle 10 trillion requests daily with the ability to support up to 20 million per second.

Amazon DynamoDB enables storage of differing sizes of data blocks—using unique key values—at a phenomenal rate of billions of records every day. Furthermore, it supports data formats like JSON for storage and processing.

AWS offers DynamoDB as a service. A big differentiator is that users needn’t be have specialized training to use its infrastructure, like storage systems and servers. As AWS’s own experts are responsible to maintain Amazon DynamoDB, users needn’t be proficient in understanding underlying concepts or performing routine tasks, like software updates, backup-and-recovery or even database tuning.

Why Amazon DynamoDB?

No server management

since Amazon DynamoDB is serverless, users are freed of the responsibility or routine server tasks. Its ability to scale up and down ensures high performance is maintained regardless of the demands put on it. With its inbuilt fault tolerance and database availability, users are freed of the hassle of architecting applications to pre-set capability. It also enables cost optimization as users may set workload capacities and are only billed for actually used resources.

ACID Ready

Amazon DynamoDB’s support of atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability(ACID) principles enables users to develop applications at scale. It also means that performance is assured regardless of the data size of a user’s back-ups. Default data encryption scheme, granular access control of database tables is also inbuilt. And availability is assured through service level agreements.

Auto Scaling

Ability to provide consistent response times in single-digit-milliseconds to any scale, means users can develop applications without worrying about storage or throughput. Data access is further extended  by the ability to replicate data across AWS regions thus providing instant data access globally.

Prime Industry Beneficiaries

Gaming

Gaming demands instant delivery of millions of requests made simultaneously, at very low latencies. Amazon DynamoDB ability process millions of requests in single-digit millisecond and at consistently low latency, makes it perfect for the gaming industry. As it is fully managed, users are absolved of operational expenses and can focus on game development. And of course, with AWS global/regional availability, game developers count of Amazon DynamoDB global tables for active data replication to cover any location.

Ad Tech

Programmatic advertising is also realizing the benefits of Amazon DynamoDB’s key-value store for storage of marketing data, such as events, profiles, links visited, and clicks.

Ad tech runs on high request rates, and demands attribution, granular targeting, and real-time bidding. With DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX), tech-ad companies can meet high read volumes and demand for sub-millisecond read latency.

Retail

Low latency is imperative in retail, and Amazon DynamosDB can do precisely that with its ability to set up and manage shopping carts, track inventory, and manage/monitor customer profiles—which includes preferences, histories, etc.

For much the same reasons, other diverse industries, such as media, entertainment, finance, and technology companies can benefit from Amazon DynamosDB. Companies such as Telltale Games and language learning portal Duolingo have successfully leveraged Amazon Dynamos to store data, understand user actions, direct game choices. In Duolingo’s case, data such as test-scores, last-attempted lesson, etc. help the company guide the student’s progress to the extent of accelerating or slowing down modules. Many other businesses across the world are turning to Amazon DynamosDB to run mission-critical workloads.

Harness the Best of Cloud, with Teleglobal If you’re keen to fast track your digital transformation and implement a 360 degree cloud strategy using the latest cloud solutions and techniques, Teleglobal can help you deploy the latest AWS services, such as Amazon DynamoDB to ensure your applications always meet demand at any scale, cost-effectively.

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Meeting diverse compliances with a single solution: AWS Config.

Meeting diverse compliances with a single solution: AWS Config.

Date : 2021-08-24

Enterprise sized organizations regularly allocate multiple AWS accounts to their various teams. In such an environment it can be a big challenge to keep track of all the accounts and ensure they meet different compliances. AWS Config service is indispensable in helping organizations check, and assess configurations of all these diverse AWS resources. By enabling continuous monitoring&recording of the different configurations AWS Config facilitates evaluations, helping organizations confirm to accepted governance norms.

Non-Compliance Problems

Without continuous compliance, an organization can experience problems such as inability to scale, or conduct thorough assessments, exhaust compliance events, and receive sub-optimal feedback.

Scaling Failure

Rapid, real-time changes demand rapid scaling. This is one of the prime benefits of a cloud environment. Lack of compliance, or manual compliance approach sabotages ability to scale rapidly.

Inaccurate Assessments

Changes are another regular feature of cloud-based infrastructures. If these go unnoticed, they could cause violations of policy. If there is no automated and continuous compliance approach, difficulty in assessments is further exacerbated when APIs are used to deploy changes.

Wastage of Resources

Without continuous compliance process, Organizations expend time and use up significant resources to conduct audits— external and internal—when proving compliance.

Incomplete Feedback

Without complete feedback, product teams will not be able to ensure change management to updated products. This feedback needs continuous and complete compliance, which manual approaches cannot deliver, as they can only perform partial compliance on individual events during a release lifecycle.

AWS Config to the Rescue

AWS Config tracks changes and resource inventory and provides assurance that new and existing AWS resources conform to the organization’s operational practice and security policy.

AWS Config offers total visibility of all resources related to the various allocated, configurations made different accounts, and subsequent changes. Organizations that allocate multiple AWS accounts to their in-house teams will benefit from using AWS Config in several ways, as follows:

Compliance-As-Code

AWS Config can be used to automate a rule or enforce policy. Config Rules enables reports on specific controls in a chosen framework. Controls can include encryption, controlled access to resource, usage, and sharing.

Config Rules come bundled as standard out-of-the-box functionalities, but allow simple customization. They clearly show a resource’s pass/fail status with regard to a specific compliance. 

Transparent Reporting

Distribution of  AWS accounts to various teams could hinder reporting of compliance state.

AWS Config offers a comprehensive and customizable record of all changes that have been deployed providing a record of how well the organization’s resources have met compliances.

This programmatic-log provides vital data that can be used as a reference during compliance audits. For companies moving to microservices based on CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment), AWS Config provides a trail of all continuous actions. This enables accurate reporting on internal processes at each CI/CD deployment.

Automating problem mitigations

With AWS Config enterprises can automate mitigations or fix noncompliant resources automatically, by adding rules via API or console. AWS documents provide instructions in the documents to provide guidelines to different actions as per the state of AWS resources.

AWS Config Rules AWS Config Rules provide the settings for desired configurations for AWS resources/accounts. An account that violates the rules is flagged by AWS Config as noncompliant, and it triggers a notification through the Amazon SNS (Simple Notification Service). Config Rules can be customized or used as predetermined. Customizable rules help an org get up and running on the continuous compliance process. New rules are added regularly to cover new practices, technologies, and/or security protocols. Organizations can also create their own customized Config rules specific to the compliance needs of their distributed accounts. Such customized rules allow organizational teams to address compliance deficiencies  in AWS accounts and ensure ongoing compliance.

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Six Ways to Optimize your Azure Cloud Costs

Six Ways to Optimize your Azure Cloud Costs

Date : 2021-08-24

One of the biggest reasons of moving to the cloud is reduced costs. But cloud computing can be tricky; failure to correctly assess requirements and identify best-fit services can end up costing an organization a lot more than they may have originally anticipated.

If you’re moving to Azure or already have workloads on MS Azure, these are six areas where you can—and should— implement changes to realize significant savings using Azure’s cost-optimization tool, which comes integrated into Azure. It is also a cache for data collection and analysis. There are also other tools that Azure offers to help with your cost optimization and planning, for instance: Azure Advisor, Cloudyn, Azure Budgets, Cost Analysis and Cost Calculator. You can use these tools to monitor resource usage and spending and run comparisons with other cloud environments.

The following six best practices have proven to help organizations better leverage their existing resources on Azure and optimize costs. Try them, you have nothing to lose but your expenses!

Resize VMs

Storage capacity and computing power are the two fundamental aspects influencing cost of VMs. It follows that to optimize cost of VMs, organizations should operate their Virtual Machines at maximum capacity. Using Azure monitor metrics, you can analyze usage patterns, and keep your VMs from fluctuating continuously.

Deal with Unused Disks

It is worthwhile to know that even if you delete a virtual machine, it will still incur costs as Azure doesn’t remove them permanently. To avoid this and keep your costs down you need to identify these deleted disks and permanently remove them. You can use the Portal Disk Screen to view all active managed virtual disks.

You might also have disks in Azure that are not managed and not linked to any VM. To delete this you can run a script, following given instructions.

Move Workloads to Containers

Virtual machines are not the most popular computing option you have on Azure. Containers are comparably lighter than VMs, not to mention, lucrative, thanks to their operability and low footprint.

These aspects make it a good choice for organizations to transition from VMs to containers.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), which is a completely managed container hosting platform, provides features, such as in-built monitoring, active directory integration, role-based access control (RBAC), wizard-based resource management and one-click updates that can be used to combine different tasks using fewer servers.

Choose the Ideal Pricing Option

Charges for resources are based on duration of usage. Longer durations bring costs down significantly. So, choosing the right pricing is an important step once you’ve selected required resources. By moving less accessed or low sensitivity data to lower-cost tiers, you can save substantially. Building automated storage tiering features in the application ensures redundant data is automatically shifted to a lower-cost tier.

Move Workloads to Serverless

The allure of hands-off management of IT resources has led to the continuous growth and popularity of serverless computing. Thus is it recommended that you run code-as-functions and eliminate the cost and effort that goes with server management. Without any need to spend on reserving and renting VMs you need only spend on resources that you actually need. For all these reasons, Serverless computing has become an essential step in the Azure cost-optimization practices.

Select the Right Cloud Management Platform

The final step in keeping your cloud bills under control is to ensure you’ve adopted the best Cloud Management Platform (CMP) for your organization. Ideally, it must help you review your Azure subscriptions and optimizing costs by providing useful recommendations that the platform offers. The ideal CMP can help you cut costs drastically by taking a deep and hard look at your subscriptions and providing  actionable alternatives that can help you reduce application footprints.

Unarguably the most effective approach is to go with the best-fit cloud managed service provider to monitor and manage all your workloads be it on PaaS or IaaS environments, applications, networks and storage of an organization. And develop a customized cloud cost optimization strategy that works for you. As an independent Cloud Managed Servicer Provider, and preferred Azure partner, Teleglobal is well positioned to help you optimize your Azure cloud, manage your data, ensure security, and drive your cloud cost optimization efforts.

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5 BIG BENEFITS OF CLOUD DEVOPS

5 BIG BENEFITS OF CLOUD DEVOPS

Date : 2021-08-24

Cloud computing and DevOps are both game changing practices in their own right, but together they are a powerhouse of digital transformation. The benefits of using them together accelerate software development significantly as compared with development done in isolation.

Industry predictions estimate more than 500 million new apps and services will hit the market within the next two years—almost all of them cloud-native. That’s equal to all the apps and services developed in the past 40 years.

Magnified Benefits

The inter-dependence of Cloud and DevOps is a potent combination that simplifies development and deployment. A basic element of DevOps is Infrastructure-as-a-Code (IaaS) and this is a fundamental aspect of Cloud computing. IaaS allows developers to provision resources at will to eliminate any inefficiencies associated in conventional infrastructure procurement. The union of Cloud and DevOps thus offers significant benefits; here are the top five

Higher Cost-efficiency

Traditional procurement processes have long cycles and routinely require over-provisioning of resources, which can be a massive drain on budgets. In contrast, automated processes eliminate such resource provisioning inefficiencies  and enable creation and destroying development and testing environments. To avoid Cloud-sprawl adopt usage-based resource accounting to track development cost and make adjustments.

Good Governance

Observability and transparency are two more cloud characteristics that sync well to DevOps processes, enabling monitoring and swift remedial measures. With integration of tools like log tracking, monitoring and alerts, organizations can ensure that their IT environments have centralized governance, are secure, and that compliance is being met.

Easy Containerization and Microservices Management

IaaS is a basic cloud feature that synergizes well with DevOps, allowing use of containers, serverless and microservices architectures, which speeds up development of cloud-native applications. With the elimination of any need for Infrastructure procurement and management, developers are free to focus on improving performance and efficiency of their applications, without the hassle and labour of managing resources.

Every Cloud Provider offers container services, AWS, for instance provides several options to run containers… container-as-a-service. These include AWS Fargate & AWS ECS (container management service) and AWS ECS to run your own EC2 instances.

Integrated Tools for Cloud-Native DevOps

With the provision of native CI/CD tools by Public Cloud Providers, organizations can integrate DevOps processes into their environment and reduce deployment complexity.

AWS, for instance, offers AWS CodePipeline, AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodeBuild, and Amazon CodeDeploy. All these are managed services that enable developers to automate build, source, archive, test and deploy code on Lambda & EC2.

Superior Test Environment

An intrinsic aspect of design architecture is performance testing of applications. This involves an automated process that can simulate a suitable external environment to test code for load, stress and availability. Performance tests are carried out early in the development process. The automated process tests for latency, etc., and any failed code is returned to developer for rectification.

Ready for Cloud-DevOps adoption?

Faster to-market times, lower cost of development, speedier testing and deployment, quick and accurate feedback loops… all these benefits of Cloud DevOps are leading to a sharp increase in adoption. Together DevOps and Cloud can effect meaningful transformations that enable businesses to accomplish their goals faster while sustaining a competitive advantage, and Teleglobal can help you get up to speed. Contact us today.

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7 Steps to Prepare for AWS Cloud Migration

7 Steps to Prepare for AWS Cloud Migration

Date : 2021-09-01

Cloud computing is gaining momentum across the world, and India is no different. Nasscom India estimates Indian spending on Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), which is just one aspect of cloud computing, to have been around $ 1 billion in 2018, and is forecasting growth to reach $ 2.3–2.4 billion by 2022 (that’s 25 % y-o-y!). As a managed cloud services company and partner to the big three, i.e. AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Teleglobal has helped diverse organizations make the move to cloud, and in the process gained special insights into best cloud migration practices. Here are the top seven ways enterprises can prepare to migrate to AWS.

1. Take the plunge

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and includes your cloud journey. That means stop stalling and get cracking. Over-planning can lead to paralysis. All you really need is a team comprising two or three engineers to get cracking. That means, opening an account on AWS account and play around with the console. Get familiar with the console and the environment, acquire basic skills and gain confidence. There will be queries aplenty, but so are the answers; many other enterprises have been where you are; you can learn from their problems and solutions.

It’s all there on the world wide web. And it’s free—mostly.

2) Get a Backer

Any change that threatens to disrupt the current way of doing things produces resistance. The fastest way to dissipate this resistance is to enlist the support of a senior leader willing to own the program and provide strategic direction. It helps if the program is led by the organization’s CIO or CXO; someone who can handle critical aspects, for example: aligning technical actions with business objectives, re-jigging goals—short and long term; and managing shareholder expectations inside and outside the organization.

3) Agree on Migration Goals

it is important that everyone knows and there is consensus about the migration’s business goals. This could be anything from desire to reduce costs; to accomplish digital transformation goals; shut down a datacentre…

Agreement on business and technical goals can be gained through discussions about specifics, and clarity about goals. This is important as it brings coherence to the organization’s Cloud journey. Our experience with cloud migrations has shown us that organizations can avoid many obstacles if there is convergence of expectations amongst stakeholders—for instance balancing the need for agility with security and compliance.

4) Clarify all queries with AWS/Partner

As you begin to get to grips with your move, multiple queries will crop up; don’t ignore them; make a note, in fact, gather all your various stakeholders and collate the different queries. Then schedule a meeting with AWS or your chosen AWS certified partner to resolve your doubts and queries. Such discussions are very helpful in giving you a big picture view as well as the inputs you need to make the right tactical and strategic decisions. Rather than hazarding a hunch or working through experiences of , say, your network of peers or associates, it is better to tap the accumulated knowledge of an experienced partner who would have hands-on experience with migrating hundreds of servers and thus understands various complexities of migration, has in-depth knowledge of AWS and can help you attend to licence-and-pricing matters.

5) Build Your Governance Framework:

Depending on the regulatory requirements of their business, individual organizations should align security and compliance goals and design their security strategy accordingly.

Furthermore, the organization should mandate a migration team whose responsibility includes understanding of shared responsibilities and development of a framework of best practices, this includes who to provide access to; what kind of resources they can access; how to monitor access, protocols to flag issues and take remedial measures automatically.

While AWS partners have the industry certifications to ensure physical security of your data, the onus is on the customer to secure access to server, network and data, and to configure it as per pre-decided norms.

6) Keep Stakeholders in the Loop

Ensure you put in place a communication strategy that informs stakeholders about the new model, and changes as you align/optimize existing systems and processes as it evolves.

For instance, your purchase department must learn how to manage operating expenditure; your legal team must become aware of the new implications in the cloud-model. Remember, success depends on user adoption, so every stakeholder should be aware of behavioural changes especially those that impinge on adherence to governance framework for meeting security and compliance.

7) Hire/Acquire the Needed Skilled Resources:

While it may be tempting to rely on in-house resources to manage your cloud; our customers invariably find that they’re better off with either up-skilling their existing team through trainings and certifications, or handing over certain responsibilities to a proven managed services provider, who has the technical expertise and experience to keep your cloud ecosystem humming along.

As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, Teleglobal has the resources and  knowledge capital to establish a strong operational base for your migration. Our proven migration methodology, informed through years of successful migrations, includes a methodical protocol and a proven tool-box of expertises to accelerate almost any migration scenario. 

We can take over the drudgery of your migration, and the management and maintenance of your IT ecosystem, leaving you free to focus on core business strategy and operations.

No more expending time, money and effort on issues like scalability, agility and time-to-market: AWS Cloud frees businesses to focus on expansion and differentiation.

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Get Future-ready with Cloud Native Applications

Get Future-ready with Cloud Native Applications

Date : 2021-09-01

As enterprises move onwards and upwards in their digital transformation journey, the next natural stage of progress is cloud-native application development to meet changing customer-demands. Beyond developer efficiency, cloud native app development (CNAD) enables organizations to break down their monolithic applications into loosely coupled services and move them into the cloud. Container management, with its ability to deliver agile support at scale, continues to drive adoption of cloud-native architecture.

Focus Areas in Moving to CNAD

The journey to cloud-native application development demands a strategic plan for cloud-centric environments that helps ensure business continuity and achieve digital transformation objectives while enabling automation of routine business processes.

Plans should factor in the following:

  • Reduce complexities stemming from legacy development processes. Organizations can achieve this by opting for low-code platforms if the organization is new or not fluent with APIs, containers, and microservices
  • Quiz the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) on how the platform will support business-specific cloud-native objectives
  • Adopt PaaS solutions to kick-start CNAD journeys
  • Bridge gaps in automation and management, and achieve seamless workflows through use of templates
  • Take an agile approach to infrastructure management and leverage the complete IaaC stack to strengthen your infrastructure management

Cloud-Native Application Development Best Practices

  • Segregate monolithic applications into loosely coupled microservices.
  • Build infrastructure & workflow automation
  • Implement efficient CI/CD pipelines
  • Store infrastructure as code (IaC) in a effective version control system
  • Implement DevOps methods and processes

Accelerating Innovation with Cloud-Native Applications

Cloud native applications are by design scalable and flexible. Unlike monolithic applications, they comprise several independent microservices, which can be updated, improved, and replaced easily using an agile DevOps approach. I.e. Developers don’t need to rewrite individual microservices. They can simply update specific components while releasing new codes into production. This reduces the cost of building/modifying/updating legacy applications. It’s offers a creative environment, empowering innovative solutions that retain customers and attract new ones.

Advantage: CNAD

Eliminate Large-Scale Development

Leveraging containers on the cloud lets organizations modernize applications seamlessly, deploy them quickly and conduct on-the-go modernization. All in all, it helps organizations save significantly on resources and time expended in making improvements.

Boost Performance

As customer demands grow and evolve, there is growing pressure on DevOps teams to meeting these demands. A cloud-native strategy allows software developers to deliver performance improvements with agility.

Improve Collaboration

Performance optimization is a priority of all organizations. This can be efficiently achieved by integrating platforms and applications with open-source software. A cloud-native strategy enables organizations to collaborate with relevant applications as well as CSPs, resulting in improved functionalities and integrated features.

Be faster to-market

Cloud native app development is driven by flexibility and efficiency. This empowers them to add new features in real-time, while saving on operational expenses and scaling resources vis-à-vis demand dynamics. 

Get Competitive

Cloud native app development allows organizations to integrate next-gen tech, such as blockchain, AL & ML to deliver a better and consistent customer experience. In the process improving their customer engagement and fulfilling their own competitive potential.

Build Future-Readiness

Among the many reasons organizations that have their workloads in traditional systems find it difficult to establish new architectures are: technical debt, management complexities, and high maintenance costs. Moving their traditional workloads to the cloud lets them simplify their IT environments and bring all the advantages of CNAD to bear in gaining a competitive advantage, cost effectively. Cloud native application development has enabled organizations to scale in a fail-fast mode. Containers has majorly contributed to achieving cloud-native computing visions by providing a flexible innovation catalyst.

Open-source platforms, too, are playing a critical role in accelerating movement of business and operations support systems to microservices-based cloud-native infrastructure. These platforms enable business and network automation, enable automated operations and deliver high value.

Conclusion

As the move towards cloud-native application development grows, it is increasingly imperative that organizations across industries plan to modernize their legacy applications for cloud-readiness and compatibility.

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Considering a Hybrid Cloud deployment? Here’s what you need to know

Considering a Hybrid Cloud deployment? Here’s what you need to know

Date : 2021-09-01

In their quest for improved security, agility and performance, more and more organizations are moving to the hybrid cloud.

By design hybrid clouds offer benefits of both public and private cloud/on-premises data centers.

However, there are some challenges in running operations seamlessly. Chiefly, SLAs, visibility into multiple cloud environments, workloads and not least governance and security. These are key areas in successfully managing hybrid clouds. And this calls for in-depth understanding of these areas, over and above the technical factors involved in managing hybrid clouds.

Which is why organizations considering a hybrid cloud must have a transitioning strategy in place, which identifies  applications (by priority) by cloud migration-readiness.

Hybrid Advantages

Hybrid cloud prevents vendor lock-in and might reduce hardware costs across platforms.

It facilitates use of containers for deployment of mobile and web applications at scale

Use of virtual machines, which allows software-defined networking and is the core of hybrid cloud management, enables high data security, service continuity, and consistent uptime

Hybrid clouds bring value propositions around data privacy management, security, and regulatory compliance, that make it possible for businesses to mitigate challenges regarding regulations of data residency, while providing high control on data security, and availability.

Disadvantages

Security and compliance become the organization’s responsibility, bringing with it, higher risk of internal data theft

Legacy applications and inefficient firewalls vulnerable to hackers.

Visibility Challenges

The biggest challenges organizations face in managing their hybrid cloud are

lack of visibility & control required for service assurance. These remain major concerns in managing a hybrid cloud, and  extend to every stage of the hybrid environment.

Incomplete datasets pose one of the biggest headaches to visibility. Complete datasets are necessary for complete visibility of every layer of their network. to enhance infrastructure-performance and prevent cyberattacks by identifying and mitigating threats pre-emptively 

Solutions for Hybrid Cloud Management

Hybrid cloud management solutions can be categorized into open-source licensing and proprietary. Open-source software includes data-center management tools purpose-designed for applications that support large corporations.

Proprietary tools, include the following:

Amazon Web Services

AWS hybrid cloud solutions enable consistency across your cloud and on premises environments. With AWS Outposts organizations get the total experience of managing the differents components of a hybrid cloud, i.e. data centers, on-premises and colocation services, and the cloud itself. Organizations can leverage these to avail encrypted data capabilities with support for security and compliance certifications.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft offers hybrid cloud solutions (using on-premises Azure Stack and Azure Public Cloud) to improve productivity in application development, and deployment. It also enables complete overisight of security, giving organizations the capabilities to modernize applications. Microsoft Azure also offers hybrid CI/CD through processes and tools across on-premises and cloud environments.

Putting It to Work

Teleglobal is well experiences in delivering AWS and Azure hybrid cloud capabilities. As a long established partner to both AWS and Azure, we have the knowledge base, resource depth and experience to deliver a competitive edge for organizations seeking the best of both worlds for their IT environment. We have successfully helped organizations optimize their enterprise-wide access to data while bridging data gaps using hybrid cloud environments that significantly raised application development, and deployment, and allowed end-customers to reduce platforming efforts for new resources.

Conclusion

For organizations seeking to keep pace with evolving market dynamics, hybrid cloud deployment offers best-of-both-world advantages: higher resilience, higher productivity, and higher performance across workloads. It provides effective data residency and also empowers them to face down security challenges. Different organizations have different requirements in hybrid cloud deployment and management; however, by identifying common implications and considerations, Teleglobal can help you make strategic decisions regarding infrastructure’s use and purpose.

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