(credit image/pixabay/skeeze)RackWare, Inc has launched its Hybrid Cloud Platform. As a single provisioning and management solution, this cloud management platform is specially designed to unify functionality and leverage it across three solution areas. Cloud migration, disaster recovery and backup, and hybrid cloud management.

RackWare’s Hybrid Cloud Platform is a distributed software solution for Cloud Service Providers. Its multifunctionality allows enterprises to migrate to the cloud seamlessly. The platform implements a cloud-based approach to disaster recovery and proactively facilitates oversight and control of all cloud resources.

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Maurice Louwerse, Director, IT Technical Services at Stein Mart

Maurice Louwerse, Director, IT Technical Services at Stein Mart said: As our organisation continues to expand, we are turning to cloud services as an extension of our infrastructure.

Core to our requirements was the ability to avoid vendor lock-in, optimise cloud costs. We wanted a seamless disaster recovery capability using cloud infrastructure.”

Hybrid cloud platform driving factors

The main factors that drive cloud adoption are:

  1. Ability to seamlessly and quickly migrate workloads into the cloud without rewriting applications.
  2. Ability to take advantage of cloud’s elastic resources to deliver a cost-effective solution for disaster recovery.
  3. Ability to closely manage and control all aspects of cloud usage in a multi-cloud/ hybrid environment.

According to Louwerse: “The RackWare Hybrid Cloud Platform is able to meet and exceed all of our requirements. With a single platform, we are able to gradually migrate workloads from our data centre to cloud with ease. We were also able to ensure reduced cloud costs with RackWare’s resource monitoring and proprietary sync. We delivered a seamless and instantaneous disaster recovery with almost no administration overhead.”

The platform caters to the key challenges faced on the journey to cloud adoption – including security, vendor lock-in and complexity. As a single IaaS platform, Hybrid Cloud Platform seeks to reduce complexity, cost, and management overhead for IaaS adoption. It also makes it easier for enterprises to migrate to any IaaS environment and between IaaS providers. The platform also delivers cross-platform and cross-cloud solution capabilities.

“RackWare’s business continuity system is integral to meeting the complex and demanding requirements of our 24/7 operations,” says Dilip Joseph, Manager, Information Technology at Gift of Life Donor Programme. “The company’s support enables the ongoing advancement of our mission to save and improve lives through organ donation.”

A common set of features across all clouds creates a vendor agnostic experience. Enterprises can prioritise cost management without compromising infrastructure. At the same time, the centralised easy-to-use platform makes it possible to navigate security or other functions that are otherwise challenging in individual provider platforms.

Providing essential data for cloud deployment

The Hybrid Cloud Platform goes beyond providing essential data to oversee hybrid cloud deployment. The solution also substantially reduces the ongoing cost of IaaS resources. It also paves the way for enterprises to leverage data in RackWare’s any-to-any hybrid cloud environment. This service allows users to move workloads between different cloud platforms. The solution can manage migrations involving physical servers, clusters, large databases, network storage, physical-to-virtual, virtual-to-physical and right-sizing.

The same complexities outlined above for migration and deployment can be handled for disaster recovery purposes. In addition, the Hybrid Cloud Platform can failover and fallback in disaster recovery situations.

“From provisioning and parking to disaster recovery and backup. This platform uses sophisticated replication technologies and comprehensive management functions to really put the future of the cloud in the hands of the enterprise,” said RackWare CEO Sash Sunkara. “We’re helping these clients maximise cloud infrastructure by removing some of the barriers they’ve faced before.”

Enterprise Times: What this means for business?

It’s thirteen years since Amazon’s AWS launched in March 2006. This was closely followed by others such as Google, IBM and Microsoft. Although Cloud Services are maturing, it is clear that enterprise adoption of cloud is still in its infancy. Certainly, most enterprises are using cloud to some degree, but the percentage of enterprise workloads running in the cloud is still limited.

Gartner estimates that the Enterprise Cloud market is expected to grow from $31B in 2018 to $63B in 2021. As cloud offerings mature, the potential growth opportunity from migration, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Hybrid Cloud are enormous. Hence, Rackware’s new service offering, which is simply an attempt to gain market share in this new area.

RackWare’s Hybrid Cloud Platform differentiates itself from all other cloud platforms in its alleged ability to both provide management information and control. Time will tell whether these features are sufficient to establish a competitive edge or not.

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