Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures: Overcoming Management Hurdles

This blog post was written and contributed by Javier Perez-Griffo, founder of Besol, a Rackspace Cloud Tools partner and maker of Tapp, a cloud management and configuration platform.  

As many as you know, the OpenStack project is an open source initiative for the creation of private cloud infrastructures. The project, backed by many renowned cloud players, such as Rackspace, offers enterprises the ability to set up their own in-house cloud infrastructure. And Rackspace’s integration of the OpenStack API gives organizations new capabilities for hybrid cloud infrastructures, as well.

Why is this important? Because hybrid clouds offer an added layer security over a public cloud. Hybrid clouds allow sensitive IT resources to remain outside of the public cloud; safe and sound behind your own firewall and gateway. Plus, in case of in-house resource shortage, both data and applications can be “bursted” or deployed over resources on the public cloud. This helps organizations minimize resource overcapacity and allows them to balance applications and data between public and private clouds, moving peak-loads and less critical loads to an outsourced public cloud. To sum up, hybrid cloud solutions help organizations leverage the advantages of both the public and private cloud worlds: the security and control of private clouds, and the savings and flexibility of public clouds.

There are, however, barriers that can hinder organizations from taking advantage of hybrid clouds and slow the adoption of hybrid setups. One hurdle is hybrid cloud management. Because hybrid clouds consist of a mixture of public and private cloud services; the management has historically required working with complex, heterogeneous and highly distributed systems. This challenge requires a specialized platform focused on monitoring and operating over both kinds of cloud services – public and private — with an efficacy that has been difficult to attain.

The Tapp platform from Besol lets users manage their cloud infrastructures independently of their cloud provider, but more importantly, enterprises can manage both their public cloud and their private cloud from a centralized point. The latest Tapp release adds OpenStack compatibility so Rackspace users can manage not only their Rackspace Cloud Servers, but also servers on their private OpenStack deployments.

The Tapp team and I are happy to have worked closely with Rackspace and OpenStack to create a multi-cloud management software that simplifies and minimizes the risk of having hybrid setups. Furthermore, we are proud of the endless possibilities for new features and use cases that will surely arise and improve our platform. So please, feel free to try out our platform, request the integration with your OpenStack deployment and ask as many questions as you need, since here at Tapp we also subscribe to Rackspace’s philosophy of Fanatical Support.


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