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What is instant provisioning?

The cloud is all about instant provisioning. It’s also known as on-demand self-service. Cloud users can obtain cloud services such as applications, the infrastructure supporting the applications, and configuration within seconds to deploy rather than days or even weeks.

It’s essentially self-service where applications, and if necessary application architectures, can be downloaded almost as easy turning on a tap. Users typically obtain these services through a cloud service catalogue, or commonly, an online self-service portal.

This is what gives the cloud its appeal. It means IT teams don’t have to fire up new servers and install applications that the business wants. It means that extensive IT infrastructures are not required in-house. It means that the IT team is freed up to concentrate on more productive tasks such as developing bespoke apps for the business. Cloud will fundamentally change the way the IT team operates in the future.

Instant provisioning, or on-demand self-service, is enabled by the cloud hosting company provisioning a virtual machine when you request an application or other service. The service you are accessing runs on the virtual machine. This virtual machine set up isn’t quite instantaneous. For instance, it may take a few minutes for the virtual machine to be ready to use, dependent on the type of machine, location of the data centre and so on.

But hey, what are a few minutes when you can effectively harvest a raft of services via a portal? It would take an IT team longer that’s for sure, given that they usually have other tasks at hand.

And setting up a dedicated server for new applications requested by the business can be a long and arduous process with high set up fees and wasted resources. The applications might only use 30 per cent of the server’s processor power meaning the other 70 per cent is wasted. And the server has got to be maintained, cooled and powered, so the costs keep stacking up.

Instant provisioning is what makes the cloud what it is: immediate, cost-effective and flexible. 

What are the biggest drivers behind hybrid cloud adoption?

With many IT decision-makers turning to hybrid cloud in the hope that everything will work seamlessly and cheaper, the question arises as to whether businesses are missing the true benefits of adoption? Hybrid cloud can address many challenges such as improving processes, addressing operational efficiencies, data protection and cutting IT costs.

These are clearly areas where businesses cannot afford to compromise, but as the industry becomes more educated about hybrid cloud technologies, what are the biggest driving forces behind adoption, and what is entailed when deploying it within a business? 

Want to find out more about Peer 1’s True Native Hybrid Cloud solution? Check out our On Demand Cloud platform: www.peer1.com/on-demand

Why are more businesses adopting hybrid cloud technologies?

Hybrid cloud is no longer just the ‘flavor of the day’, it has become a valuable and essential business asset. With several years of promises, hybrid cloud is now a business norm with others set to follow suit. Adoption is set to grow from 10 per cent to 28 per cent over the next three years. That’s almost triple.

In comparison, on-premise hosting is anticipated to drop from 31 per cent to 17 per cent over the same period, with private cloud also dropping to 41 per cent – making the case for hybrid cloud even more compelling.

It is, however, by no means a cure to world hunger, and IT decision-makers will unlikely see their budget halved over night. With adoption rapidly rising, is it increased education, cost savings or even productivity that is motivating businesses to take hybrid cloud more seriously?

 

 

Want to find out more about Peer 1’s True Native Hybrid Cloud solution? Check out our On Demand Cloud platform: www.peer1.com/on-demand

What is hybrid cloud?

A hybrid cloud is the combination of a public cloud with a private cloud platform and one that's designed for use by a single organization. The public and private clouds in a hybrid cloud arrangement are separate and independent.

Organizations do this to store extremely sensitive data on the private cloud while using the public cloud to leverage all the benefits of the cloud such as applications on tap, scalability and lower costs. The public cloud runs the applications that use the sensitive data but the data is not stored in the public cloud. This keeps data exposure to an absolute minimum.

One of the benefits of the hybrid cloud is that all the benefits of cloud computing are available but data is not travelling across the public internet. This also reduces latency time and access time to data. In some industries this is a critical element, such as banking and finance, where far reaching decisions are informed by the latest data.

Another benefit is the ability to have the on-premises infrastructure that can support the average workload businesses. At the same time an organization retains the ability to leverage the public cloud if, for example, the private cloud couldn’t handle increased workloads. In short, the people running the company’s infrastructure have more control than if they relied solely on a hosting service providing a public cloud service.

It also works for businesses that have seasonal variations in terms of requirements for computing power. Some businesses experience peak demands during the year, for instance, think of holiday companies or airlines that have a rush of business during certain times of the year. The ability to use a public cloud during these periods is a cost-effective option for gaining increased computing power only when it is needed, which is precisely what a hybrid cloud provides. 

What is public cloud?

When most people think of the cloud it’s the public cloud that comes to mind, that is, a virtualised environment using pooled shared physical resources, and accessible over a public network such as the internet.

Public clouds are used extensively for private individuals, small businesses or start-ups that don’t require the level of infrastructure and security offered by private clouds. But that said, enterprise sized businesses can still utilise public clouds to make their operations more efficient, by for example, storing online non-sensitive content, online document collaboration and webmail.

A public cloud model typically offers the following benefits:

Scalability because cloud resources are available on demand from the public clouds’ pools of resource so that the applications that run on them can respond changing demand.

Cost efficiency because public clouds bring together greater levels of resource and as a result deliver economies of scale. Centralised operation and management of the underlying resources is shared across all of the cloud services.

Better pricing similar to utility bills in that you only pay for what you use. Public cloud services often employ a pay-as-you-go charging model whereby so users can access the resource they need, when they need it, and only pay for what they use.

Reliability is gained thanks to the vast number of servers and networks involved in creating a public cloud. Some public cloud services draw resource from many data centres so if one data centre went offline and individual cloud services wouldn’t suffer. And furthermore, if one physical component fails the cloud service would still run unaffected on the remaining components.

Anytime anywhere computing as all that is required to access a public cloud is an internet connection. This means organisations can establish remote access to IT infrastructure and online document collaboration from multiple locations.

Flexibility thanks to Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service offered from a public cloud as well as cloud based web hosting and development environments.
 All of these services can also be provided from private and hybrid clouds too.
 

What is the true definition of hybrid cloud?

The definition of hybrid cloud has long been the subject of wide debate. Often defined as a combination of public and private technologies, hybrid cloud has entered maturity in recent years, with a recent survey revealing that adoption is set to triple over the next three years.

Hybrid cloud is not a one-size-fits-all approach, with the start-up requiring vastly different requirements to that of an enterprise. One thing for certain is that hybrid cloud is all focused on integration. With hybrid cloud technologies becoming more sophisticated as business needs change, a number of questions arise: Is the definition and landscape set to change again? Is there a true definition of hybrid cloud that will set the industry straight once and for all? 

 

 

Want to find out more about Peer 1’s True Native Hybrid Cloud solution? Check out our On Demand Cloud platform: www.peer1.com/on-demand

 

 

Webinar Recap: Magento Optimized Hosting

We had a great time at Magento Imagine in April with customers, partners and peers. My colleague Frank Di Rocco gave a very interesting presentation about virtual Magento solutions and we had some fruitful conversations with other attendees on the show floor and at our networking event.

Throughout the week, as well as during Frank’s talk, we got a lot of the same questions from other attendees, particularly regarding our support for Magento solutions. So, after the event, we hosted a webinar to answer many of those questions and explain in specific detail how we work with Magento to support e-retailers. (Watch a reply of the webinar)

Watch a replay of the Magento WebinarThe webinar included presentations from Frank and myself, as well as Kevin Schroeder, a technical consultant at Magento. Some of the questions we answered in the webinar include:

Q: How long have Peer 1 and Magento been partners?

A: In 2012, after many inquiries from customers and partners, we launched an optimized platform for Magento installations. This followed a lot of close work with Magento to adhere to their best practices. We also did some of our development to add value to those best practices and bring some additional functionality to our customers.

Q: Why work with a hosting provider? Can’t I just go straight to Magento?

A: Magento requires advanced technical expertise, which often surpasses the knowledge of a retailer’s system administrator. To be successful on the Magento platform, retailers really need to understand the development side and application support, and not many have that level of expertise in-house.

Magento has a suite of training classes in its Magento U program, which Kevin explained during the webinar, but many of our customers find huge value in working with our highly trained team of experts to support their Magento implementations. Our team works with Magento every day and truly lives in that technology, so they can provide phenomenal support for customers. They are also in a position to consult on best practices and strategy.

Q: Which Peer 1 solution works best with Magento?

A: Peer 1’s Magento Optimized Managed hosting is a turnkey solution that is optimized to meet the intense requirements of the Magento platform. It uses proven, optimized and scalable infrastructure to deliver optimal performance and reliability, and is backed by an experienced team of infrastructure experts at Peer 1.

 

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Welcome to hybrid cloud On Demand

A recent survey revealed that cutting IT costs and improving processes, as well as operational efficiencies are the top IT priorities within organisations. Hybrid cloud makes for a compelling proposition when looking to address these challenges – with adoption now outpacing that of public and private cloud.

With many providers offering ‘on demand’ solutions, adoption is often a complex process, with businesses locked in to long-term and expensive contracts. In the following video I explain our new On Demand Cloud platform which makes buying hybrid cloud as simple as flicking a switch, it also allows your to simply pay for what you use. 

 

For further information on our True Native Hybrid Cloud solutions visit the On Demand portal today:  peer1.com/on-demand

 

 

 

What is cloud computing?

The phrase cloud computing is a bit of a marketing misnomer. It’s clearly not computing in some ethereal cloud that mystically manifests on your computer screen. Put simply, cloud computing is essentially a metaphor for internet-based computing where services  such as servers, storage and applications are delivered to an organization's computers and devices through the Internet.

You might say if that’s a simple definition you wouldn’t like a complex one with some justification. To put it another way think of a organisations IT infrastructure, such as banks of servers in a data centre, storage platforms, a raft of security technologies all of which has to be managed in-house. Now imagine the services that the infrastructure provides coming to you via the internet without the need for all that in-house hardware. And that’s cloud computing.

But of course this is IT and in the realm of technology there is very little that is so simple.  But at one level cloud computing is simple.  Cloud computing uses networks of large groups of servers with special connections to spread data-processing chores across them. The servers could be in one data centre or they might be spread across many different data centres which in turn could be scattered all around the world.

This shared IT infrastructure contains large pools of systems such as storage that are linked together. And virtualization techniques are used to maximize the power of cloud computing, to multiply the computing power and resource. Another way to think of it is rather than having locally-based servers or devices to handle applications you’re using shared resources, used by other people too.

In a way it’s similar to grid computing, where processing cycles of all computers in a network are used to solve problems too intensive for any stand-alone machine. A good example of this is the SETI project, the search for extra-terrestrial life. If you want to be involved you simply sign up and your computer is hooked up the network and its unused processing power is used in the project.

Cloud computing effectively does the same. It harnesses traditional supercomputing or high-performance computing power, to perform tens of trillions of computations per second. Except the end game isn’t to find ET but to provide applications, data storage and traditional IT services that you’d normally get from an in-house infrastructure.

What is True Native Hybrid Cloud?

IT decision makers now require flexible, scalable and cost effective hybrid cloud solutions – on demand. Combining best in breed hybrid technology, True Native Hybrid Cloud allows customers to provision both bare metal and virtual cloud servers from a single, web-based portal.

Putting the power back in the hands of our customers, in the video below I explain True Native Hybrid Cloud and what it really means for businesses.

 

 

For further information on our True Native Hybrid Cloud solutions visit the On Demand portal today:  peer1.com/on-demand

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