Register Here for our March 12, 2015 #TechTalkThursday: Flexible Cloud Options
Like most new innovations and technology, incloudIT, our cloud offering, came as a result of a need to solve our own internal IT challenges. In early 2013 inhouseIT was faced with an aging infrastructure and like many of our clients today we needed to make a decision. Do we upgrade our infrastructure and leave it on premise or do we find a cloud provider to host our infrastructure? If we were to host then the question became do we go private, hybrid, or public. After an exhaustive research effort across the many cloud platforms available at the time we decided to go with local and private for many reasons, most listed below. Having to troubleshoot and develop for our own company meant we also had a good working knowledge and great comfort level in providing this same cloud solution as a service to our clients. That’s when our Local, Private Cloud became Your Local, Private Cloud.
1) LOCAL MEANS FLEXIBLE
A. — We service the local Southern California market so it only makes sense that our datacenters are also local. Moving clients into the cloud is easier because we can seed their data expeditiously due to the locality of the client with the datacenter.
B. — Because it’s local, we can customize your private cloud to fit your unique business needs. Making it one of the most flexible cloud infrastructures available.
C. — All major fiber providers have points of presence in the datacenters. Low-cost, high- performance connectivity options are available across all major providers.
D. — If you want to see where your data resides then set up an appointment to tour the datacenter.
E. — We know business needs change and if you need to leave our cloud then we can schedule to copy your data onto a medium you provide at the datacenter.
F. — We have a very close partnership with our local datacenter. Their team has been running tiered Data Centers for over 15 years and actually pioneered one of the very first data center businesses in Los Angeles. Since 1998, they have technically supported thousands of enterprise companies by helping them deploy, manage and maintain their infrastructure.
G. — Many businesses still have legacy equipment that can be virtualized into the cloud. In those scenarios we can collocate that equipment and then tag to your cloud infrastructure.
2) NEARBY SUPPORT & GUIDANCE
A. — inhouseIT’s origins are that of a managed service provider and incloudIT is fortunate to tap into those experiences as a managed services provider to manage our clients’ infrastructure in the cloud.
B. — incloudIT was architected with seasoned professionals experienced in building and managing world-class datacenters.
C. — We have a local team of professionals who can guide our clients through the steps of moving into the cloud. Once you are in the cloud,our local support team, Help Desk and Network Operations Center can help ensure that you receive the best possible support for all your needs.
3) SOLID ORCHESTRATION
A. — There has been some mixed press lately around the pros and cons of the private cloud. I believe some of this ambiguity is due to the newly maturing orchestration platforms that exist in the market today. We are of the opinion that choosing the wrong orchestration platform can start a cloud endeavor down an inescapable hole. This is not to say that one platform is better than the other, however know your team’s capabilities and the resources you have available before you choose a platform. The main reason incloudIT chose our platform is because it was designed as a singular system that operates in a cohesive manner. All the components work together and operate from a single core with a single operational database and one core API. We needed a cloud platform that takes an integrated, holistic approach in its architecture, instead of one that features individual projects with their own separate APIs to integrate. This makes migrations easier to maintain as things get more complex.
B. — Dedicated hardware and systems are critical to a supportable orchestration. All incloudIT equipment, servers, switches, storage and firewalls are dedicated to incloudIT. The datacenter maintains all hardware up to the hypervisor 24 hours a day.
4) PRIVACY & SECURITY
A. — Perimeter security is provided from multiple physical firewalls outside of the orchestration layer. Each client is then separated from other clients through the use of virtual domains (VDOM), where each VDOM has its own physical interfaces, routing configuration, and security policies.
B. — Each client’s data is associated only with their public facing IP addresses.
5) PREDICTABLE PRICING
A. — incloudIT was built to be instantly scalable to grow with businesses, and because our private cloud is flexible, our business plans can be customized for clients.
B. — Eliminating initial capital expense is one of the reasons we went cloud ourselves. No hardware repairs, no costly upgrades, and no billing surprises.