By: Jake Robinson
Last week, I co-hosted “Hybrid Cloud: 5 Stories of Success with VMware-Based Hybrid Clouds” with Bryan Bond, Senior Systems Administrator at eMeter, a Siemens Business. We kicked off the discussion by asking the question, “Why hybrid cloud?” This is a question many organizations are asking themselves today as they evaluate the best cloud solution for their business.
Bryan Bond answered this question himself by saying, “Our Bluelock Virtual Datacenters look and act like an extension of our own datacenter, and while the cost savings have been beneficial, the development team has more flexibility than ever and that means we can create new options for our customers in the future. We couldn’t be happier with the results of this relationship.”
So who’s consuming hybrid cloud and what’s the approach that they’re taking? Both IT admins and business executives are turning to hybrid cloud to meet varying business demands, such as increased access to resources, cost efficiency, and greater agility.
Most people envision the hybrid cloud through a horizontal workload placement – with a private cloud and public cloud being connected through a secure tunnel:
But workloads may also be positioned in a vertical model, like the pyramid shown below. In the pyramid, you can see where Test/Dev, Business Critical and Mission Critical workloads are most likely to be placed in a private, public or hybrid cloud.
Of course, there is no one-cloud-fits-all model when it comes to cloud technologies, as every organization has different business needs and demands. However, here are five stories from Bluelock customers who were able to leverage the hybrid cloud successfully:
Success Story #1: F5|DevCentral
F5’s DevCentral Community is one the biggest enterprise user groups. To move DevCentral to the cloud, they created two Bluelock Virtual Datacenters – with one VDC serving as a primary datacenter and the second VDC serving as a backup. DevCentral was also able to build in High Availability into their applications.
DevCentral’s business units and enterprise IT team worked together with Bluelock to accomplish this successful hybrid cloud deployment.
Success Story #2: US-Based Global Consumer Electronics Manufacturer
This company already had a large existing vSphere environment, and they wanted to add a public cloud so they could free up capacity for more critical applications. However, one of the challenges of having two clouds is being able to manage both of them in a secure, seamless fashion. The company took advantage of vCloud Connector to see both their public Bluelock environment and their private environment within a single interface.
Another challenge for this company was around total cost of ownership (TCO). However, with Bluelock Portfolio, the company was able to see the TCO down to a resource level. By making these costs visible, they were able to change their behavior to be more efficient, including the phasing out of legacy applications that were no longer needed, identifying in what areas they could allocate more resources, and more.
Success Story #3: Fortune 500 Retail Grocery Chain
This company’s plan was to build out a private cloud, but it was taking them longer than expected. However, business units still needed increased agility immediately, so the IT team decided to work with a public cloud provider. Because the company’s internal private cloud was based on vCloud, they decided to work with a VMware vCloud Datacenter partner, Bluelock, who was able to give their application owners and business units the same interface that they were using in their own private cloud.
Once the company’s private cloud was ready, they brought all of their applications back in-house, while keeping their Virtual Datacenter running at Bluelock for any applications that might come up when they run out of capacity in their own datacenter.
Success Story #4: Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical Company
Due to the research and development and changing application needs that take place at pharmaceutical companies, such companies can have very unpredictable environment needs when it comes to infrastructure - this is where hybrid cloud shines. With the hybrid cloud, research and development units can take more risks, more efficiently, without having to worry about the unpredictability of certain applications. This is incredibly important since many drugs don’t ever make it to prime time, but the data and knowledge gain in the R&D part of the project is important to hold on to. When a drug doesn’t succeed, the company can easily spin down or redistribute the resources but save the data they want to be able to access later.
Success Story #5: eMeter, a Siemens Business
eMeter is the leader in energy information management, with a suite of applications that provide the fastest path to turning meter data into usable information for business units and customers. eMeter needed to provide around the cloud development and testing, including:
- The ability for teams around the world to utilize a common infrastructure;
- A scalable infrastructure to meet customer needs;
- And a solution based on VMware’s cloud architecture and technology.
eMeter looked at the public cloud to simplify IT operations and provide high security, and ultimately decided to work with Bluelock due to their experience in the vCloud space.
eMeter began with a proof-of-concept environment and quickly realized that Bluelock’s solution could work for them. The company moved to production deployment in half the time they had expected, and is now deployed on two Bluelock Virtual Datacenters – a Test/Dev VDC and a Training Course VDC. eMeter uses vCloud Director to manage the cloud infrastructure resources and Bluelock Portfolio for visibility into current and planned usage, cost and analysis data.
According to Bryan, these are the main benefits of a VMware Hybrid Cloud:
- Improved user experience and better performance;
- Increased flexibility for development and training courses;
- Significant savings on capital outlay;
- Access to new deployment options for customers;
- And less worries about security.