Cloud Orchestration Washing: 8 Questions to Ask Your Vendor

Cloud Orchestration Ventor

Fortunately for all of us, we have noticed that cloud washing is dying down. However, on the other hand, we have also noticed ‘cloud orchestration’ washing is on the rise. Over the last six months, there have been many announcements on new orchestration solutions most likely because people now recognize you cannot truly have a cloud services market offer without it.

So how does a service provider tell the difference between ‘cloud orchestration washing’ where a vendor puts together a few bits and pieces and names it orchestration vs. a true cloud orchestration solution?

Here are eight questions you should ask your cloud orchestration vendor before signing on the dotted line.

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Advanced Scalability and Availability at Low Cost for Cloud Storage and Orchestration: Tips for Service Providers

Considerations for Cloud Storage and Orchestration
Storage is a widely recognized major, if not main, infrastructure challenge. For many years, service providers could choose only between two network-storage options: local or centralized.

  • Local – With local storage (i.e., disks with the server node), the only way service providers could ensure service continuity was to replicate all data to other devices that could be used in the event of failure. This model did not accommodate all workload types, nor did it adapt to legacy applications. Local storage afforded service providers very little flexibility when managing their storage spaces. It also made live recovery a considerable challenge.
  • Centralized – While centralized network storage (e.g., a Storage Area Network [SAN] or a Network Attached Storage [NAS]) afforded service providers the flexibility and control they needed to deliver storage services, it delivered all resiliency via expensive hardware components, thereby driving up CAPEX and OPEX investments, with SAN and NAS typically being a single point of failure.

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Cloud Orchestration: An Enabler Technology

Cloud orchestration has been named one of five enabler technologies by Deloitte in its Tech Trends 2014 report. An enabler technology is where companies have already invested time and effort, but it warrants another look because of new developments or opportunities.

Deloitte LogoThe report discusses primarily what the CIO and enterprise needs to do to orchestrate the cloud. Because we are service provider focused, here are the relevant points we think you’d find most interesting.  

Established cloud providers are creating storefronts of complementary cloud solutions, which make choosing and buying an expanding inventory of services easier. But we are still in the early days of this expansion, and integration often remains the buyer’s problem. Over time, technical compatibility within a vendor’s stack should become less challenging.  

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Cloud Orchestration: An Actual Solution or Jumping on the Bandwagon?

Firstly let me start this blog with a health warning. It is mostly about Flexiant. I am aware of some of the announcements Flexiant will be making this quarter and I thought that I would take a moment to share my personal reflection on one aspect of the industry and the progress that Flexiant has made in the last 24 months.

Pixelated Cloud

Our software orchestrates the cloud. Two years ago, we made the decision to tell the world, much louder than we already had, exactly how it works, the benefits of the software and then show how our customers are benefiting from it. The plan worked, we are leading in the cloud orchestration software market because our product really does what it says on the tin.

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The Hybrid Cloud, Orchestration and Integration

About a month ago, Flexiant had the pleasure of hooking up with Jon Collins, author, technology commentator and director at Inter Orbis at Structure:Europe. Later this week I’m catching up with him again to discuss all things cloud – as we like to do here at Flexiant.

Integrated Cloud Flexiant

Jon wrote an interesting article on CloudPro entitled, “Cloud society: hybrid cloud is dead; long live hybrid.” A catchy title and one that sounds similar to our blog from 2012 “Private Cloud is Dead.” In the article, Jon summarizes that the word ‘hybrid’ exists because evangelical IT vendors admitted defeat “in that mere marketing could not overturn several decades of computational best practice.”

He writes:

The hybrid notion came with a palpable sigh of relief across the whole industry. Yes, businesses could benefit from using scalable hosted infrastructure, or web-based software packages. Equally there would be times when building custom systems would make more sense – it would be madness to suggest anything else. This meant that rather than pinning hope on silver-bullets-as-a-service, organisations could go back to a model in which the best combination of tools are chosen for the job.

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