By: Tony Encinias, Vice President of Technology, ViON Corporation; former CIO, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Public or private cloud is a question that’s being asked by most enterprise IT shops. As they have found out, it isn’t a one or the other, all-or-nothing proposition. During my tenure as CIO for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the desire to move into IT environments that I could operationalize and consume as a commodity was my strategy. With the introduction of public cloud services such as AWS and Azure everyone thought they had found the panacea for getting out of the world of buying infrastructure. However, with critical state government services highly reliant on legacy applications that were not designed for public cloud deployment, a total deployment to the public cloud was, and still is problematic.
So, what is an enterprise IT shop to do to get out of owning IT infrastructure and operationalizing the consumption of IT, if the strategic direction is cloud first? What is the best approach to achieve that goal? How can you leverage the convenience of the public cloud and enable legacy applications to reside in a cloud environment? Getting the best of both public and private cloud worlds, state government has been looking to pursue a hybrid cloud or multi cloud strategy as a way to make IT services more cost effective. Hybrid and multi-cloud architectures are quickly becoming the new strategy for enterprise IT shops by combining private and public clouds. With this combination, you can deliver the right resources for each application and achieve greater efficiency while avoiding being locked into a particular technology. This strategy is sound and looks great on paper — the million-dollar question is how do you accomplish it?
As a former state CIO, nirvana would have been the agility and flexibility of a public cloud, but, behind my firewall. Until now, that was just not possible. In addition, the term private cloud was a change in definition of what Enterprise IT shops were trying to accomplish to provide cloud-like services to their customers; and, it was still not on the same level as the public cloud offerings in terms of speed, flexibility, and agility. The ViON Enterprise Cloud (VEC) was introduced to solve a multitude of problems with implementing a public cloud strategy behind an organization’s firewall. Having that public cloud experience behind your firewall with seamless integration to the various public cloud offerings is a sound IT strategy.
What is the VEC? The VEC is an off or on-premise private cloud platform with management of, ordering, billing, and governance and a multi-cloud orchestrator that manages multi-cloud environments. It integrates public cloud infrastructures (AWS, Oracle, IBM, Azure) and is a self-service IT platform providing user empowerment. The VEC enables users to order what they need, when they need it. The VEC with its multi-cloud and hypervisor management can manage private, public and hybrid clouds via a single pane of glass and it can easily import and sync with cloud deployments to allow for management of both legacy and new cloud environments. The VEC can give you instant visibility into hybrid cloud utilization data that was not available before. This centralized management and reporting provides management dashboards for instant insights with reporting and analytics to help you be more efficient utilizing and deploying assets.
The nirvana of having a public cloud experience behind your firewall with data integrity, legacy application compatibility, a single view to both private and public cloud implementations, and data analytics to identify unused assets is now possible with the VEC. Please contact me if you want to know more, or if you have any questions. Please visit www.vion.com for more detailed information.