Matchmaking in the Cloud: 3 Scenarios and Their Solutions
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Cost, speed and data security are just a few of the criteria for matching applications with the right cloud infrastructure. Join this panel of experts from cloud providers Amazon, CSC and VMware to learn more about typical cloud application use cases and ways to enable IT as a Service.
- Kyle Falkenhagen, Director, Cloud Offering Management, CSC
- Tom Laszewski, Strategic Solution Architect, AWS
- Joshua Lory, Global Technical Alliance Manager, VMware
- Jeff Caruso, Senior Managing Editor, CSC
Cost, speed and data security are just a few of the criteria for matching applications with the right cloud infrastructure. In three scenarios, experts from cloud providers Amazon Web Services (AWS), CSC and VMware described how CIOs should evaluate current cloud offerings to best match their needs and enable IT as a Service.
In the first scenario, a financial services company is moving a customer mobile application for trading and analytics to the cloud. The app would connect to legacy trading services on a private network and big data analytics on a Hadoop cluster. It would also need to accommodate unanticipated demand spikes.
Tom Laszewski, strategic solution architect for AWS says this scenario represents what many companies are seeking to do. "There are three things in this scenario that are pertinent to IT right now; cloud, mobile computing and big data." Laszewski says a hybrid cloud architecture would allow access to legacy systems. "Agility platform is perfect for this, allowing you to manage the infrastructure inside of AWS as well as the infrastructure that resides on premise."
In the second scenario, a company focused on e-commerce has an online shopping application connecting to back-end systems with account and financial data. With its entire business relying on these applications and systems, the company has a natural interest in resiliency and disaster recovery.
Joshua Lory, global technical alliance manager at VMware says the company has over 500,000 customers running similar business-critical applications in the retail space. "Our customers can seamlessly move workloads from their own virtualized data centers to a secure public cloud, and back. VMWare is providing easy ways to develop and test effective disaster recovery plans without investing in any new hardware, hiring specialists or investing in a secondary physical site."
Lory says the company offers this service today with CSC. "One way to implement this is using Site Recovery Manager to implement a fully automated disaster recovery plan to one of our service provider partners. CSC is one of the largest of those with BizCloud and CloudCompute."
In the last scenario, a company is looking to move its highly customized ERP application to the cloud. Currently limited to one or two production releases per year, the slow pace of updates is affecting the business. As a result, the company is seeking a way to reach four to six releases per year.
"When you mention cloud, most people think of how it can serve customer-facing applications or mobile apps," says Kyle Falkenhagen, director, Cloud Offering Management at CSC. "Cloud can bring a lot of benefits to a situation like this, especially when you have third-party integrators in the mix. You expand the scope beyond where you run production applications and can leverage cloud to help with development, testing and other business critical systems."
Falkenhagen says CSC's hybrid cloud services are designed to match up with this type of need. "We can package up SAP as an Agility Platform blueprint, a logical application design that can be published in a self-service catalog so users can provision it on demand to users and third-party developers. That same platform also streamlines the development process, allowing a company to reduce the time it takes to prepare and deploy new releases."