The Growing Popularity of the Hybrid Cloud

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Cloud is one of the trends that reflects IT evolution. “The cloud” delivers anything as a service at low-cost and is revolutionizing technology and changing the game for IT departments by driving innovation, experimentation, and new business models. Cloud computing offers three deployment models: private, public and hybrid.

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The public cloud is where the service provider makes resources such as storage and applications available to the public via the Internet at much lower cost than that of having actual physical servers. However, the public cloud does not address security concerns and companies are not always be comfortable in transferring sensitive private data onto a public cloud. This issue led to a private cloud solution that allowed businesses to store confidential information to their own private servers.

 

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So what is the Hybrid Cloud?

Depending on who you ask, there are several definitions of hybrid cloud.

Ed Anderson, Research Vice President at Gartner, says hybrid is “an on-premises private cloud combined with an off-premises public cloud” is a “limited definition” and “is only a subset of a broader, cross-vendor hybrid cloud definition that is more aligned with the way most organizations are constructing hybrid clouds.” Where Dave Bartoletti, the Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, says the definition of hybrid cloud is “very direct” and involves a situation where a public cloud service is connected to any other type of system or service.

In laymens terms, the hybrid cloud is a cloud computing model which uses a mix of on-premise, private cloud, and third-party public cloud services to perform distinct functions within an organization.

What is the Hybrid Clouds impact on Business?

The hybrid cloud makes it easier for companies to balance between the ground and cloud. It combines them all – public cloud, private cloud, and dedicated servers – and is the best approach to benefit from cloud’s scalability. According to RightScale 2016 State of Cloud Report, the demand for hybrid cloud has increased to 71% among companies.

A few of the benefits the hybrid cloud offers are:

  • By implementing a hybrid approach businesses have more agility, scalability and easy access to resources
  • Allows businesses to meet compliance requirements, with proper network security, a hybrid solution combining cloud and dedicated hardware can satisfy auditor requirements
  • Solves cloud capacity problem and eliminates the need to buy servers for backup
  • Provides efficient planning of private and public cloud infrastructure, thereby reducing cost
  • Improves time to market, quickly launch new products or services and drive revenue growth

Other major benefits of the hybrid cloud include:

  • Ability to split the workload into two separate environments
  • Flexibility to include right cloud technologies
  • Increased security of shared data

Where the private cloud provides security, but increases costs and the public cloud offers great technology at a reasonable price,  it has security constraints.  A hybrid cloud solution provides a solution that can meet both needs. It will enhance your business and solve complex business problems.

It is worth mentioning that while the hybrid cloud has many advantages, building it can come with its own challenges. Before adopting the hybrid cloud approach, it’s necessary to have a complete understanding of hybrid cloud as well as having an IT team with the appropriate skill set.

Understanding the drift in technology and demand for hybrid cloud is something we specialize in. For strategic insights or implementation expertise on how to build and/or evolve your hybrid cloud contact us at info@sofbang.com or 312.279.0430.

 

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Infrastructure Monitoring Woes? Oracle Management Cloud to the Rescue

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Many organizations struggle staying ahead of their infrastructure and application issues for several reasons:

  • Lack of visibility to predict resource utilization – because workloads change so frequently in the cloud, the need of capacity forecasting when more server resources are needed is critical.
  • Lean methodologies and offshore accounts bring down on premise operations teams to lower costs thereby affecting human resources managing the infrastructure
  • A lot of time goes into reacting to incidents and problems, which leaves less time to focus on strategy
  • Performance monitoring is now across a wide variety of end-user tools such as mobile devices etc.

There is an increasing web of difficulty and availability of applications, managing performance and end user satisfaction. Organizations are looking for the right balance between reducing the IT budget and maintaining robust and efficient systems to support performance needs.

Can your organization relate to any of these issues?

  • Overwhelmed by the volume of the infrastructural components to monitor?
  • Is there a one-stop tool to oversee availability, performance and make appropriate decisions that benefit the company and the end user?
  • Does log management take up time and resources more than performance tuning?

The answer to all of the above is the Oracle Management Cloud.

Oracle Management Cloud provides end-to-end visibility of your business-critical applications running on private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. It caters to multiple users such as DevOps engineers, Administrators, Business Analysts, etc, and helps eliminate overlapping problem areas thereby saving resources time to identify and troubleshoot problems quickly.

Oracle Management Cloud has been specifically designed for

  • Application performance monitoring
    • Find patterns leading to issues and fix them.
    • Oversee application peak performance, generate trends and fine tune problem areas which results in a smooth end user experience.
  • Log Analytics
    • Monitor, archive, analyze logs from on premise or cloud systems.
    • Search volumes of data to trouble shoot problems.
  • IT Analytics
    • Gain in depth insight into the performance and capacity of the applications.
    • Enable business analysts and LOB users understand criticality of operations.
  • Infrastructure Monitoring
    • Monitor health status of various components in both on premise and cloud platforms.

 

 

Oracle Management Cloud runs on a Unified Big Data platform which offers real-time monitoring, alerting and analytics. Often, the importance of such tools is known to benefit Operations, so let’s take a different approach. The following are some examples of how application developers and LOB users can leverage Oracle Management Cloud in day-to-day activities and decision making.

Developer Friendly

Application developers have many tools today to build web services, enterprise applications and end users have very high expectations about the availability of these apps.

How Oracle Management Cloud perfectly fits in? Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service gives all the information a developer needs to find and fix an issue. Developers can monitor browser performance, Ajax performance, time taken for server-side requests, use real-time log tracking etc., in development or test environments and troubleshoot issues, thereby eliminating the scenarios of discovering these in the production environment, which leads a much better end user experience.

Quick Visibility for Business

LOB users are constantly under pressure to run IT like a business and ensure performance of both applications and infrastructure. They need effective ways to monitor ever-scaling environments and make good decisions to optimize existing capacity of the infrastructure. Oracle IT Analytics Cloud service provides a complete, granular insight into the infrastructure usage, performance and the need to scale up or down depending on the usage. Users can build dashboards, publish the results periodically, and analyze the data based on various criteria depending on the business and make decisions accordingly.

Fully Secure

Oracle Management Cloud is secure, fully managed by Oracle, deploys the data on enterprise infrastructure, and runs on tablet and desktop devices.

These are just some of the key users and scenarios Oracle Management Cloud is designed for.

Check back for my future blog posts on how to implement OMC across on premise and cloud platforms.

State & Local: Licensing and Permitting – A Streamlined Solution in Oracle PaaS

Licensing and permitting is a vital line of business to all state and local public sector entities throughout the world. Whether it is a business license, driver’s license, vehicle residential permit or any other license or permit, public sector departments have mastered the process of issuing, managing and tracking licenses specific to their domain. While the current processes may be down to a science, state and local organizations continue to deal with critical challenges of having to constantly do more with less.

Organizations are looking to modernize, consolidate or retire antiquated systems that are manual, paper intensive and require redundant, repetitive data entry. Our latest whitepaper dives deeper into the complexities associated with these challenges and provides a fresh perspective, along with best practices to streamline the licensing and permitting functions within an enterprise.

Read the whitepaper(PDF): State & Local: Licensing and Permitting

Samsung and Oracle Providing the Engine for Enterprises to Mobilize their Business in the Cloud

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Two leaders in enterprise technology are providing customers the tools that accelerate development and delivery of mobile solutions

Samsung and Oracle are making it easier for enterprises to embrace today’s modern work setting and take their business to the cloud. The two innovation leaders are partnering to give developers and solution providers the advanced tools to create and deliver mobile apps and enterprise solutions. The collaborative effort will let professionals gain a new level of mobile functionality for ultimate engagement and productivity.

Samsung and Oracle are working closely with select systems integrators, like Sofbang to help customers across all industries leverage their existing legacy systems and take advantage of the benefits of mobile and cloud, modernizing their IT infrastructure, empowering users and realizing greater cost efficiencies. The companies are also working together on an expanded set of Apache Cordova plug-ins and code samples to help customers modernize their enterprise applications with rich mobile user experiences. This brings together the market-leading strength of each company – Oracle’s exceptional enterprise software and Samsung’s elite device features.

Samsung and Oracle have worked with a number of systems integrators to foster creation of innovative mobile and Internet of Things enterprise solutions. Sofbang’s contracts management solution, which was developed to allow comprehensive management and approval of contracts through rich notifications on Samsung Gear S wearables and secured by Samsung’s KNOX mobile security platform will be showcased at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 22-26th.

“In today’s mobile environment, it is critical that businesses deploy a mobile-first strategy to maintain success and accomplish growth,” said Young Kim, Vice President, Enterprise Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung and Oracle are not only helping customers through mobility but also enabling developers and solution providers to create next generation mobile applications and services that are driving a new frontier of productivity.”

Sofbang’s Contracts Management Mobile App that leverages the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service will also be on display at Mobile World Congress, including industry-specific solutions from both Oracle and Samsung. Samsung will be located at Booth 6A30 in Hall 6, with Oracle at Booth 3B20 Hall 3.