The move to the cloud is inevitable. Almost all organizations have cloud workloads. The public cloud services revenue in India is projected to reach a total of $2.4 billion in 2019, an increase of substantial 24.3% from 2018, according to Gartner. An increasing number of companies are moving their IT infrastructure from on-premise to cloud-based platforms due to advantages such as efficiency, performance and scalability. Many are shifting to a hybrid, cloud first, or a cloud-only model as they seek to advance their digital business initiatives. Of them, hybrid cloud has been gaining a lot of adoption and traction among enterprises.
Organizations Have All Variations of Cloud Environments
Organizations these days are leveraging four variations of cloud environments: public, private, hybrid and multicloud. According to Brendan Paget, Director Product Portfolio, APAC Office of Technology, Red Hat APAC, the real business advantage for enterprises comes when they leverage hybrid cloud. With a hybrid cloud strategy, organizations can utilize more than one cloud vendor such as AWS and Microsoft Azure in order to deploy resources and applications quickly and efficiently as opposed to a multi-cloud strategy.
“Multicloud does not give you the real business benefits of a hybrid cloud. A hybrid cloud is a combination of 2 or more cloud environments— public or private. The important part is how you can have applications talk to each other or how they are able to orchestrate. We have one orchestration platform for all of those cloud providers. Think of a hybrid cloud like a hybrid car. The petrol engine takes over when it makes sense, while the other takes over when you need more horsepower. You’re effectively utilizing quite different technologies for optimum utilization,” says Paget.
According to many experts in the cloud domain, a hybrid cloud environment can work to the advantage of an organization when they can have orchestration across the workloads, to manage them as one workload across many hybrid cloud environments and the ability to set up APIs from cloud to cloud as a policy. This can be optimized through the use of sophisticated technology and tools.
“We work with over 650 public cloud providers around the world and they have access to our software and technologies. They provide support to our customers. They supply updates and fixes. So, we have strong relationships not only with AWS, Google and Azure, but also other regional cloud providers around the world,” claims Paget.
Rewrite Applications for Cloud Opitmization
In the new cloud landscape, applications need to be rewritten in order for them to take full advantage of new modern development techniques and new cloud chip technologies. Moreover, hybrid cloud infrastructure needs cloud-native applications, platforms and software to rapidly and efficiently develop as well as deploy applications. This needs management and automation software, which can simplify management and automation of hybrid cloud environments.
Paget feels applications must have the capability to scale out for maximum efficiency. “So, as your workload demands increase, cloud technologies if they’re written correctly will really scale up and ramp up your usage and our OpenShift platform does just that. Organizations are moving to different cloud environments and they need to look at proper cloud-enabled workloads.”
Red Hat has recently come up with a multi-cloud hybrid cloud strategy for enterprises. It has been showcasing Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8 and OpenShift 4 in key Asian markets.
“The OpenShift platform comes on top of Linux. OpenShift is our enterprise grade container platform that is based on Kubernetes. It provides enterprises abstraction at the infrastructure layer as well as the ability to develop applications that are portable across various footprints,” says Vishal Salunkhe, Head of Services Business Operations APAC, Red Hat.
According to him, whenever an application is written on OpenShift, enterprises don’t have to worry about where that application will be running because OpenShift is certified on all of the footprints. This is how OpenShift provides portability.
“What this means for customers is that as long as they have developed an application on OpenShift, that particular application will be able to run anywhere in any of the footprints without any lock in,” he concludes.