OpenStack Helps Managed Service Providers Power the Next Generation of Enterprise Applications

One of the biggest emerging trends I see today is the expanding concept of DevOps. More and more developers are flocking to public cloud providers and helping themselves to on-demand infrastructure. They are adopting workplace cultures that transform the way they do business. Their software development teams are thriving inside transformational workplace cultures that have adopted the following core goals:

Empower teams to self-organize and perform at their best.

Remove roadblocks so that teams are unhindered by infrastructure delays.

Embrace agile methodologies in the software development lifecycle.
New generations of software and applications are designed so that the underlying components (think server, OS, and platform) are not so much budget-busting assets as single-use disposable resources. For the financially-enabled readers, think goodbye CAPEX and hello OPEX. No longer is it necessary to have redundant servers or high availability frameworks at the hardware or virtual hardware level because applications are now designed to be highly resilient, stateless, and scalable (up or down, automatically).WHO IS CHOOSING OPENSTACK?The list of businesses and organizations that are choosing OpenStack is impressive and continues to grow. Names include BMW, CERN, Comcast, NASA, the Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Purdue University, the San Diego Supercomputer Center, eBay, Wal-Mart, and hundreds of others.As a managed services and technology business owner, you are also interested in staying relevant and keeping up with the fast pace of today’s computing landscape. Like the others, you also want a common platform for both public and private clouds, driven by industry standards (OpenStack is open source), and supported by more than 200 technology leaders with over 3,500 global project participants and 200,000 downloads. Your engineers, developers, cloud architects, and datacenter staff agree with adopting a platform backed by the leading technology infrastructure providers – Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, and VMware.Your software developers are still going to need a cloud platform that provides them with familiar services. Today, that means they are now accustomed to coding with software running inside traditional VMs, containers, serverless computing, database services, object storage, and APIs. These are all examples of moving up the stack and providing options to consumers.KEY BENEFITS OF OPENSTACKHow do service providers compete and win in a world dominated by big cloud providers? It’s not a problem of managing infrastructure at the hardware level. It’s about managing infrastructure at the operations level. Here are some key benefits from adopting an OpenStack model:COST-SAVINGS:You don’t need expensive proprietary name brand servers, storage, and licensing fees to build a cloud infrastructure as long as you build it with the right software.

OpenStack not only provides the software building blocks to build a private cloud, it’s also licensed under Apache 2.0, which means there are no software licensing costs.

Automate cloud maintenance routines and provision your own storage, servers, and other resources. You can automate and monitor in such a way that it will seem like your cloud is running itself.

Drive down the cost of hardware. Hardware is a commodity and intelligence has moved up the stack into software.

Ask yourself, “How can we manage more with the same human resources?” or “How can we drive down other operational costs?”
CUSTOMIZATION:In addition to the cost savings realized from IaaS, as an organization with special requirements, your teams could adopt their own infrastructure. With CDI, you can even customize your cloud environment in unique ways beyond the capabilities of any less capable public providers.VALUE-ADDED SERVICES:If IaaS is truly a break-even business (and in his OpenStack Summit session last year, Arturo Suarez of Canonical suggests it is) and becoming a commodity, then service providers must move up the stack in terms of service offerings.

Move up the stack to differentiate.

Begin offering value-added services on top of the infrastructure.
INNOVATION:Enterprises don’t like the concept of DIY (do it yourself), where essentially they’re on their own if something happens. Managed services providers cannot function like enterprises.

Service providers need to be in the trenches of emerging technologies. Providers are the ones that have to unlock the technologies, become the experts, and serve as the buffer between new technologies that enterprises aren’t willing to bet the farm on yet; however, those same enterprises would willingly consume services built on it.

As a small managed services provider, you don’t necessarily have to be the innovator. The provider can be the one that fosters innovation by providing the platforms for others to innovate.

Service providers can also innovate by altering the way they provide their services. For example, be more dynamic and cater to self-service, ease of use, quick provisioning, and all the things that cloud consumers want.

Employing IT Consulting Services for Your Business

With the rapidly changing technologies, businesses these days also strive to keep up with the constantly changing demands and requirements of their target markets. In this day and age, modern technologies act as a double-edged sword to many businesses. On the bright side, companies utilize the latest technologies so they can provide better business solutions and services to their target markets. The speedy and constant technological transitions, however, make it a bit difficult for many businesses to adapt to the latest trends in the industry. Indeed, being left out in the technology department these days can create a big impact on your business. Good thing companies can turn to IT consulting services so they can have more success in adapting to the latest system infrastructures and modern technologies they can utilize for their business.So why is there a need for IT consultancy firms? What are they exactly and what are some of the services that they offer? To put it simply, IT consulting companies specialize in providing assistance to businesses so they can better utilize and make the most of their modern information technology systems. With the rapidly and constantly changing technologies, it’s just natural for anyone to experience a bit of difficulty trying to cope with the latest trends. To make the transition and learning a lot better, more productive, and time-efficient, IT service firms are here to help.IT service firms are highly trained to help companies better understand modern business processes. Upon learning these latest business trends and applications, IT firms can then provide assistance on how the company can take full advantage of this knowledge and utilize it depending on the company’s specific needs, condition, and objectives.Information management is among the common services offered by several IT consultancy firms. These involve managing the company’s important files and documents, archiving files for future references, as well as protecting the confidential documents of the company.Apart from content management, storage, and data protection, IT firms can also provide training on mobile technologies. Several mobile technologies are emerging nowadays and rapidly making waves and developments in how business transactions are conducted and facilitated. IT consultants can aid small and large businesses in understanding and making use of these latest trends in technology.System assessment and improvement strategies are also offered by several IT firms. Companies will be subjected to a comprehensive evaluation to assess the effectiveness of their system infrastructures. Improvement strategies will then be recommended to address the business aspects and company areas that need to be modified to boost the company’s success opportunities.Generally speaking, IT consulting services will vary depending on the particular conditions and requirements of the company. The specific strategies and changes to be implemented will greatly depend on the business’s goals and current infrastructure, as well as the particular demands and needs of the company’s target market.