Fabio Douek, Lead Cloud Architect at Singlepoint, was featured in this month’s The Sunday Business Post Connected – Cloud Services.
Organisations now take IT services from more than one cloud, presenting new challenges which vendors and platform providers are queuing up to solve, reports Ian Campbell from The Sunday Business Post.
The first conversations about cloud a decade ago were all about turning IT into a utility service that did away with on-premise hardware, continuous upgrades and software refresh cycles. The promise was simplicity and cost savings. Fast-forward to 2019 and organisations are trying to run multicloud environments without compromising security or letting costs spiral out of control. Simplicity in IT, it seems, is as far away as ever.
Platforms and containers
Singlepoint is an Irish IT services company focused on public and private cloud integration for business advantage. The company facilitates powerful hybrid services with Open Shift, an open-source application platform built with Docker containers and managed by Kubernetes, an automated orchestration system.
“You can port across multiple cloud providers using different Docker engines, and run different flavours of Kubernetes for Azure, AWS or Google. The benefit with containers is that the application is portable and can be moved to multiple clouds, something that takes a lot more work with virtual machines,” said Fabio Douek, Lead Cloud Architect.
He pointed out that containers are only one component in a migration. Databases, for example, don’t usually run in containers. “You have to choose the flavour of database and the engine you are going to be using,” said Douek. “You have to look at the entire blueprint, not just one component, and then decide if you stay with a legacy database or migrate to a new one.” This prompts more decision-making about the cloud migration path you want take: incremental improvement or radical overhaul? “You can do a mixed approach, lift and shift what is hard to change and re-platform when there’s an opportunity to try something new,” Douek said.”It might make sense to move from an Oracle database, for example, to an open-source offering.”
Singlepoint approaches cloud migration as a five-stage process where the endgame is to become “cloud native”. The first is about meeting regulatory and legal requirements; second is identifying which applications should go. The third and fourth stages are about having the resource skills and the deployment tools to enable a smooth migration. Fifth is continually evolving the platform with cost optimisation, security, reliability, performance efficiency and operational excellence.
The company’s Digital Acceleration Platform provides the framework at scale and speed thanks to pre-built standardised components. “Some customers run the platform by themselves and use it to accelerate development on premise or in the cloud. For other customers, we provide a managed service layer on top,” said Douek.
The second approach recognises that few organisations will have the skills in-house to manage hybrid environments. AWS alone has hundreds of different services that will be beyond the scope of most IT departments. “Progress on projects will be delayed if your developers don’t know how to use the different tools and methods. That’s why we offer the managed service layer,” Douek said.
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