Enterprise IT departments today must typically manage multiple types of Cloud computing infrastructure. The proliferation of Cloud solutions provides IT teams with a wealth of options, enabling them to choose multiple Cloud platforms and to run workloads on the Cloud services that will best increase efficiency and reduce costs.
But handling multiple public, private and edge Cloud resources can quickly become overwhelming, adding significant cost and complexity to the task of managing Cloud computing. To simplify management and reduce risk, many IT teams are choosing a hybrid Cloud model that uses a common set of tools to manage and unify several types of Cloud computing. When looking for solutions that enable a faster path to hybrid Cloud computing, more enterprises today turn to Dell Technologies.
There’s a great deal of differentiation between public Cloud providers today, enabling IT teams to identify and adopt different Cloud services for a variety of workloads. Not all applications are right for a given Cloud solution. High-performance workloads, for example, require extraordinary compute resources while batch workloads are ideally run on services that offer lower consumption pricing. By using different types of Cloud computing services, IT teams can align the needs of various workloads with the strengths of different Cloud services.
IT teams also rely on private Cloud infrastructure for certain workloads that require low latency, tighter security, stronger data governance or control over data locality, and edge Cloud resources allow IT teams to move processing to the edge of a network to help reduce costs and provide more low-latency experiences for users.
By incorporating a mix of these Cloud services, a multi-cloud architecture enables enterprises to increase the efficiency of individual applications while optimizing costs. Yet, managing these various types of Cloud computing is increasingly complex as each platform comes with its own set of tools, processes, SLAs and security issues. From unpredictable costs and security vulnerabilities to higher operational expenses and incompatible silos of infrastructure, the challenges of working with multiple types of Cloud computing are increasingly slowing Cloud adoption and limiting innovation.
Hybrid Cloud environments offer a solution by allowing IT teams to work with a common set of tools in a consistent management experience across public, private and edge Cloud resources. Still, hybrid Clouds are quite complex and require highly sophisticated solutions that can unify platforms, simplify management and reduce total cost of ownership. That’s where Dell Technologies Cloud can help.
Dell Technologies Cloud is designed to make hybrid Cloud environments easier to operate. With the expertise of Dell Technologies infrastructure, Dell Technologies Cloud provides a consistent set of tools and a flexible range of IT and management options with tight integration and a single-vendor experience.
With Dell Technologies Cloud, IT teams can easily manage multiple types of Cloud computing by relying on:
• Consistent infrastructure that simplifies workload migrations and avoids application rework tax.
• Consistent operations that eliminates silos and cuts costs with tools that offer consistent control over all Cloud resources.
• Consistent services that offer expert help to plan and execute a winning Cloud strategy with flexible, consumption-based pricing.
Dell Technologies Cloud is a set of robust hardware and software offerings backed by professional and financial services to help IT teams mitigate the complexity of managing multiple types of Cloud computing. Dell Technologies Cloud solutions include:
• A turnkey platform in VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail. Dell Technologies VCF on VxRail is a hyperconverged infrastructure platform that is highly scalable and supports the most demanding workloads and applications. VMware Cloud Foundation provides a complete set of software-defined services for orchestrating and managing both traditional and containerized apps in private or public environments. This jointly engineered solution provides familiar VMware Cloud tools and reliable Dell Technologies hardware to mitigate the complexity of hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
• A Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) solution. VMware Cloud on Dell Technologies brings the speed and flexibility of public Cloud to data center and edge locations with a fully managed, subscription-based DCaaS solution. This offering delivers cloud-like simplicity in local data centers and unparalleled consistency between public Cloud and on-premises environments.
• Best-of-breed, pre-tested infrastructure. Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Designs offers best-of-breed Dell Technologies for storage, compute and Cloud networking that have been tested for interoperability with VMware Cloud Foundation. With Validated Designs, IT teams can build hybrid Cloud infrastructure with independent scaling of storage and compute to achieve superior performance and faster time to value while reducing costs by leveraging existing Dell Technologies investments.
• Partner Clouds. Dell Technologies Cloud enable a seamless hybrid Cloud experience by making it easy to extend to partners like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and more than 4,200 additional Cloud partners in the world’s broadest Cloud provider ecosystem.
By relying on Dell Technologies Cloud to manage multiple types of Cloud computing infrastructure, enterprises can:
• Streamline infrastructure and operations. Dell Technologies Cloud provides a common set of tools and consistent management experience to improve efficiency, increase agility, and eliminate silos.
• Accelerate innovation. By leveraging pre-engineered solutions and accessing elastic capacity for rapid scaling, enterprises can move workloads to the Cloud more quickly and align them with the right resources at the right time to increase speed to market and accelerate innovation.
• Enhance workload mobility. Familiar tools and models make it easy for administrators to move workloads between Clouds while reducing errors.
• Strengthen security. A single security framework across all types of Cloud computing enables enterprises to reduce risk and increase protection of data and infrastructure.
• Optimize TCO. By making it simple to choose the optimal mix of public, private and edge Cloud resources, Dell Technologies Cloud helps to reduce costs and create a more predictable cost structure.
What are different types of Cloud computing?
As the Cloud has evolved, several types of Cloud computing models have emerged.
• Public Clouds offer convenient, on-demand pools of shared computing resources that include servers, storage, networking, analytics, applications, intelligence and more. Public Cloud infrastructure is managed by third-party Cloud service providers and delivered to users via the Internet or a dedicated network connection.
• Private Clouds also offer access to on-demand computing resources, but private Clouds are dedicated to serving a single company and the infrastructure for private Clouds may be housed within the company’s data center.
• Edge Clouds decentralize processing power to clients and devices at network edge to reduce processing costs and to provide more low-latency experiences for users.
• Multi-cloud computing involves two or more public Cloud services and may or may not involve a private Cloud infrastructure. Multi-cloud computing enables workloads to be run on the most appropriate Cloud resource. However, multi-cloud architecture offers no connection between Clouds, making application and data portability more difficult.
• Hybrid Cloud computing also involves at least one public and one private Cloud platform, and relies on a management plane with a common set of tools to orchestrate workloads between Clouds and simplifies the experience of managing different types of Cloud computing.
What are different types of Cloud services?
When enterprises use the Cloud as a service, they most often rely on one of three Cloud service models.
• Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides access to a wide variety of Cloud resources, including servers, virtual machines, storage, networks, operating systems and more, consuming resources on a pay-as-you-go basis.
• Platform as a Service (PaaS) provides a complete on-demand environment for developing and deploying software applications. The difference between IaaS vs PaaS is that in addition to infrastructure, a PaaS solution also provides the tools for building, testing, managing and deploying a variety of applications.
• Software as a Service (SaaS) provides on-demand access to applications via an Internet browser, allowing users to avoid purchasing, installing, maintaining or upgrading software on their own systems
Dell Technologies Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) provides the speed and flexibility of public Cloud with the security and control of a private Cloud.
Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Designs bring Cloud capabilities to demanding workloads, driving improved performance, faster time to value and Cloud investment protection.
Dell Technologies Cloud Storage Services combine cost effective, scalable and resilient data storage with native public Clouds.