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Cruising in the cloud: Moving from public to private

It’s no secret that every enterprise has its own unique business requirements. IT systems and solutions that work for one business won’t necessarily be right for another. This reality is a key factor in the hybrid cloud vision of the Microsoft Cloud Platform. They are committed to robust public and private cloud options and Datapipe is the unique managed service provider that can execute on this vision for customers. The public cloud is a great option for many different infrastructure scenarios and Datapipe manages thousands of hosts for customers on the public cloud. However, one scenario that we encounter is that of enterprise customers making a shift from the public to the private cloud or a hybrid solution.

Here’s a great example: One of our clients operates in more than 60 locations and facilitates the marketing, processing, financing, and transportation of raw materials. A big job, for sure! The company takes advantage of many Microsoft solutions to keep things running smoothly, and while Microsoft’s public cloud does offer several benefits, this particular client’s development team was not convinced the platform was the best fit for its workload requirements. Let’s take a look at how we solved this client’s issues.

Staying in control

This particular company needed to implement a private cloud environment that featured the self-provisioning capabilities of Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This involved developing a portal similar to the simple-to-use Azure portal and using it on top of a private cloud. This allows the client to define the hardware solution, leverage existing networking, control availability of both the cloud and tenant workloads, and provision a private dedicated environment with connectivity to existing systems.

As enterprises mature in their cloud strategy, more and more are customizing multi-cloud solutions to best meet their unique requirements. In this case, because our client wanted more control of the infrastructure environment while also maintaining the elastic capabilities and easy provisioning features of the Azure public cloud, we found that a shift to the private cloud was the optimal solution.

Solving for unique requirements

To meet this company’s individual requirements, we built a private cloud environment based on the Microsoft Cloud Platform utilizing the Microsoft private cloud technology stack. This is a combination of many types of software—including Hyper-V, which is virtualization software from Microsoft that allows virtual machines to run on shared server hardware infrastructure. Also included: Azure Pack, a direct complement to Azure’s public cloud. This gives our client’s development team the same flexibility and user experience they had on the Azure public cloud portal, but with additional administrative features to define services according to its exact specifications and quickly make modifications if necessary.

We also introduced seamless migration between multiple storage area networks and integrated our Automation Services into this new SAN Pure Storage solution. This customized automation script allows our client’s developers to seamlessly transfer new scripts from Datapipe’s data centers into the client’s own Pure Storage network.

Further, this company’s custom solution includes licensing advantages with Microsoft Private Cloud stack. There are a lot of features within the stack, which allow the client to scale its infrastructure at what is, in essence, a fixed cost. Wouldn’t you want the ability to bring fully-customized servers online within just a few minutes?

Our private cloud solution does just that. What’s more, since we provide support and management, we’ll handle the configuration and management of server, database and storage infrastructure. That lets our client’s developers to focus on other projects and goals. This is something many businesses desire, and we were thrilled to provide that extra time for our client.

Getting results

Nothing makes us happier than helping enterprises reach their goals. By moving to this custom-build private cloud environment, this company achieved several benefits. Check out some of the highlights below:

Security

  • Datapipe’s award-winning 24/7/365 customer support, monitoring and cloud management services
  • Ability to control access to the portal

Cost

  • Fixed infrastructure platform cost and discounted licensing for scaling
  • Increased scalability where our client can bring fully customized servers online within minutes

Increased Efficiency of IT as a Whole

  • One-click deployment, just like the public cloud
  • Seamless migration between multiple Storage Area Networks
  • Custom-script automation that enables easier setup of SQL servers
  • Ability to add new architecture to the private cloud solution without replacing the existing server
  • Offline patching enabling seamless injecting of patches without having to recreate the VM
  • Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)
  • Customized application templates, template automation, and management
  • Supporting Ubuntu Unix in the client’s cloud, as well as Windows

Interested in how Datapipe can find the right cloud option for you? Visit our website to learn more about public, private and hybrid cloud solutions.

About Todd Smith

Todd Smith
As Datapipe’s former Senior Product Manager, Todd has unique insight into the latest product developments for private, public, and hybrid cloud platforms and a keen understanding of industry trends and their impact on business development. Todd wrote about a variety of topics including security and compliance, business strategy and Microsoft Azure.

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