A recent survey of 200 IT and business executives conducted by Unisys provided an interesting view into the state of cloud adoption. Most notably, 67% of respondents saw least half of IT resources running in the cloud by 2018, with cost reduction and capacity on demand listed as the primary drivers for this move.
But the vision of an integrated hybrid cloud, where enterprises can leverage public cloud to extend data center capacity and dynamically move workloads between them has proved elusive. The reality is that moving existing workloads to the public cloud – especially transactional business applications that have a lot of associated data – is challenging. These applications are complex and can have many dependencies that make them hard to move to another infrastructure. Moving the data itself can take a long time, and there is always the risk that the application won’t perform as expected once it is in the public cloud.
These are the challenges that Velostrata was created to solve. Velostrata is a software company with a mission to provide enterprises with cloud workload mobility. Velostrata software uniquely decouples compute from storage in virtualized infrastructure, and makes it possible to move virtual machines to and from public cloud in a matter of minutes, while keeping data on premises. Because of Velostrata’s many technology advances, applications can run in this hybrid manner at full performance and even scale-up, giving companies the flexibility to move or clone applications to the cloud without having to migrate the data first. This opens up many new avenues for hybrid cloud.
As Unisys uncovered, there are distinct cost advantages that can be achieved by running certain workloads in the cloud. Velostrata customers are leveraging the cloud to accelerate and control costs for development and testing of software applications. For example, a large flash storage manufacturer was able to test development of their SAP applications by creating a thin clone of the application and moving it to the public cloud in minutes. IT can take advantage of the variety of cloud instances to test configurations and remove bottlenecks. When testing and development are complete, the workload can be moved back on premises with a few mouse clicks.
By removing the burden of data migration, hybrid cloud becomes an easy reality. Say an organization has on-premises hyperconverged storage and compute infrastructure, but is experiencing system slowdowns due to cyclical increases in compute or storage IO demand even though sufficient data capacity exists. Purchasing more infrastructure to support these demand peaks is expensive and slow, but with Velostrata, these applications can be moved to the cloud in minutes to take advantage of cloud compute on-demand, and only when it’s needed. It’s important to note that organizations can keep authoritative data on premises in the hyperconverged infrastructure while compute is borrowed from the cloud, while maintaining application performance.
Velostrata software integrates with the existing VMware management tools and portals most companies already have in the data center, so IT organizations don’t need to learn a new console, implement new ops management or change their data protection practice. This approach makes it also very easy to move workloads to either AWS or Azure while retaining the same management console. Moving a workload is as simple as selecting a VM and clicking ‘Run in Cloud,’ or using Velostrata’s Runbook Automation toolkit to execute migration or cloning of multi-tier applications. Velostrata automatically adapts the workload to run in the target cloud, so there’s no need to modify applications, storage or processes. Moving a workload back on-premises or to a different cloud provider is just as easy.
The benefits are clear: organizations can take advantage of public cloud on demand, quickly and easily, with no –vendor lock in. Velostrata can support temporary use of cloud as well as full migration, by giving companies full control over where the storage resides – on premises, in the cloud or a combination of both. To learn more about Velostrata, visit our resource center.