Enterprises are nowadays pressured by the market to fulfill customers’ demands with more rapid, innovative, customized, or highly demanding reliability and service quality. Organizations are now challenged to span the silos threatening critical business systems. But how will they meet these demands at a time when budgets and resources are constrained? How will they perform at increasingly high levels at a moment of exploding complexity? How will they accelerate time to market without reducing quality of the service that can harm the business? How can they simplify application portfolio management, or providers’ service quality assurance? Not only they have to find solutions to these questions, but also, they must develop the enabling software faster, with higher quality, and under IT costs and resources constrains.
The competitive demand and pressure of today's economy is forcing organizations to become more agile, flexible, service-oriented, more adaptive to allow better services, high-quality with faster responses and reduced costs.
In this context, organizations are pushing everything in the IT area to Cloud Computing which offers several of these benefits. And more importantly, this shift is accelerating. Among these companies, most are implementing or plan to implement multi-cloud environments using many different providers, which creates a complicated IT environment. This makes the selection and utilization of the right cloud service for different business models a key aspect.
Large enterprises are looking for solutions to manage their private, public, or hybrid cloud mixed IT environments. Also, hosted service providers are looking to establish a foundation for providing IaaS and PaaS cloud infrastructures to enterprise, SME clients, and developers providing powerful options, more value and therefore, competing on value.
Organizations now seek to utilize various solutions from different players. Therefore, Multi-Cloud scenarios are expected to win the battle and become an essential part of cloud adoption strategies at all levels. Organizations must now build their business model around cloud services and seek the Best Execution Venue depending of their business and technology requirements and goals. Technology therefore, must adapt to business requirements and become flexible at the service of organizations, which is a key benefit of Cloud Computing.
What is more important is that IT infrastructures have now to be fully aligned with business strategies. Organizations must now use technology that help business requirements lead the way:
The current myriad of solutions on the market for different levels of the cloud stack makes the use of different clouds very attractive. However, Cloud Computing also introduces new management and technical challenges specific to Cloud environments that technology must mitigate.
Using technologies, APIs and management interfaces from different providers may be the first approach to quickly move to the Cloud. However, it soon introduces various dilemmas since it duplicates efforts, introduces lock-in, reduces agility and does not scale well in the mid-term. Using multiple technologies for different providers, multiple siloed-tools for provisioning, configuration, operations, monitoring, etc. is simply not an option. If the organization wants to leverage multiple cloud providers, this approach is not viable.
Organizations must confront their cloud strategy using a smarter approach. With new tools and integrated solutions that facilitate both, development and operations, speeding up workflows and empowering productivity gains for developers and operations, and therefore, for the organization itself.
New tools are therefore needed in the emerging Cloud market to align development, IT operations and business goals under DevOps movement that help IT departments.
In this world of IT as a service, cloud management and automation tools are emerging in the market to address some of the pain points that face IT departments. They enable IT users and operators to assemble and directly manage cloud service environments, assisting the creation of business strategies based on the selection of BEV cloud strategies for organizations as required, in a flexible way. Thus, cloud management (and automation) platforms (CMP) are required to enable efficient management and automation of cloud assets, functioning in complex, heterogeneous and dynamic multi-cloud services scenarios.
These system are an efficient alternative for creating and operating Multi-Clouds environments, an integrated tool that provide access and management across multiple options (private and public clouds) of cloud services from a range of providers.
CMPs suites are now starting to embrace more advanced features such as Cloud Governance (Multi-Cloud Management, policy implementation and resource tracking); cost and performance management/optimization; Monitoring, Meetering & Billing (SLA auditing), and Cloud Brokering; instead of becoming independent products.
MODAClouds MultiCloud DevOps Toolbox is the result of three years of work in MODAClouds Research Project developed under the European Commission Research and Innovation 7th Framework Program by the MODAClouds Consortium.
MODAClouds technologies provide answers to various problems mentioned for MultiCloud, thus represents a good opportunity for direct adoption for organizations or for improving existing solutions of this emerging market.
The key of MODAclouds Approach is its closed integration with Business-Driven requirements, with its deep integration at design-time with the capability to a) define QoS business and technological requirements; b) to assist in the selection of BEV before handing the application to its operation phase; and c) its capacity to later collaborate with its feedback loop, makes the DevOps approach followed very attractive in the market.
MODAClouds Team believes that in the next years technologies will be squeezed to develop and enhance the use multiple cloud services.
MODAClouds MultiCloud DevOps Toolbox already provides various technologies that could leverage this concept, specially with its approach to allow cloud applications to be designed, monitored and governed by business and technical quality requirements.
The MultiClouds Allianceinitiative was created to extend the work done during the last three years by MODAClouds Research Project. For this purpose we would like to partner with other organizations involved in the creation and use of cloud technologies to curate and evolve our current technologies and develop new ones.