High Velocity Hybrid Cloud: CloudVelocity Emerges from Stealth Mode
A new type of hybrid cloud automation platform service provider, CloudVelocity, has emerged after “A” round funding. The primary objective of this company is to enable enterprises to operate hybrid clouds seamlessly. "Cloud cloning, migration and failover are our first steps in that direction,” said Rajeev Chawla, CEO of CloudVelocity.
Led by a deeply experienced team of system software, virtualization, storage, security and networking executives, the patent-pending CloudVelocity platform - called the One Hybrid Cloud (OHC) platform - aims to allow data center teams to scale and secure their distributed multi-tier applications and services into and between clouds. Success in doing that would remove many of the major barriers to the enterprise adoption of public clouds.
CloudVelocity automates the time-consuming and risk-laden critical processes required to deploy existing applications from traditional data centers into and between public clouds.
The following steps describe the Developer Edition:
Step 1: Download and install CloudVelocity software on your servers, which make up the application (the Enterprise Edition discovers the servers, so you don’t need to do it there).
Step 2: Cloud Velocity software creates a blueprint of the servers and starts replicating OS, binaries, libraries, app stacks, and application data in the cloud.
Step 3: At the click of a button, the client is ready to provision and launch a multi-tier application (made up of a group of systems) in the cloud. CloudVelocity extends the enterprise data center to the Cloud so that these distributed multi-tier applications now running in the cloud can access any necessary services residing back in the enterprise.
Experton Group POV: First of all, we love the idea of this. At first glance this seems to be a dream come true – as a plug and play solution. When the cloud first emerged as a potential alternative to building internal computing empires that you had to then spend a lot of resources to maintain, stay a head, etc., everyone was very skeptical. As time progressed and some cloud based services started to mature, organizations started using the cloud on a limited basis. CloudVelocity has opened the door to the idea of a transparent hybrid cloud solution. It is still too early in the process to come out and make a definitive yes or no statement as to whether they have become successful.
One challenge here will be to overcome the security/privacy issues that continue to plague the cloud computing industry. This is especially true when you have a solution that admittedly will go into your network and “discover” all of the computing resources so it can back them up.
Call To Action: Look. Most organizations are not in the business of building and maintaining computing capabilities. They realize that computing resources are needed, but IT is viewed as a tool to be used by the business to become successful.
In recent organizational history, cost cutting is a primary business objective and this will continue to be so. Therefore, cloud-based computing resources are becoming a key part of a computing infrastructure.
In the case of a newly emerged service, it is best to let others get the bugs out. Once an organization decides to use this service it is best to try it out on non-critical, segregated business support areas. After a while, a certain level of comfort will be achieved. At that time decisions should be made to increase the level of cloud computing vs. internal computing or not.