The array of cloud options for enterprises can be as intimidating as a hawker center in Singapore. Read about hybrid cloud challenges and opportunities and how a secure container management platform is maybe your best option to work across any combination of cloud platforms.
For hungry first-timers in a Singapore hawker center (aka a food court), the sheer number and outward disarray of their meal choices can be downright disconcerting, if not a little intimidating. Various options include off-the-shelf mee goreng delivered in a flash, Indian options with different types of curries and naan, and a more customized pick-and-mix of over 30 items from the Nasi Padang stand.
Of course, if you’re busy in your office, you can always call for a delivery, albeit with limited options, to quiet those hunger pangs in your stomach.
Making sense of cloud options for enterprise
The cloud computing market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow nearly 3.5 times by 2019, from US $1.8 billion in revenue in 2014 to over US $6.4 billion—a compound annual growth rate of 28 percent (451 Research, “Asia’s Cloud Computing Market Shows Promising Outlook,” March 2015). And sometimes, the options available to enterprises in the cloud market can create the same disconcerting effect as choosing lunch in the hawker center. Private, on-premises, public, hybrid, and multi-cloud options are available, as well as on-demand, hosted, and virtual private cloud options. Bet that mee goreng looks enticing now.
A recent survey by RightScale revealed that currently a hybrid cloud is the preferred deployment strategy for enterprises, with 82 percent of enterprises implementing hybrid clouds today, up from 74 percent in 2014. A hybrid cloud involves the use of a private and a public cloud. The cost and agility advantages of hybrid cloud technologies can help run businesses more efficiently for delivering applications and satisfying those hunger pangs in the process.
Three hybrid cloud challenges
Enterprises, especially those in the financial and insurance industries, looking to accelerate their application delivery in hybrid or multi-cloud deployments, face three significant challenges, among others:
- Security on the public internet is not good enough for certain workloads.
- The speed of application deployment can be bogged down due to strict compliance regulations on data sovereignty.
- It is increasingly complex to ensure continuous software delivery while deploying diverse applications across multiple cloud deployments (public, private, and hybrid) and a geographically distributed application development team.
Work across any cloud infrastructure with Apcera
Ericsson offers the Apcera secure container management platform, which is a highly secure, policy-driven platform for containers, micro-services, cloud-native applications, and legacy applications. The Apcera platform lets IT teams deploy, orchestrate, and govern virtually any workload across any infrastructure or cloud.
This gives them the assurance that their infrastructure is secure while empowering development and DevOps teams to use the tools and technologies they need to drive innovation and agility. The platform provides an open API to allow simple integration into wider ecosystems of complementary services.
With the Apcera platform, your developers can now deploy any application on any cloud infrastructure (public, private, or hybrid), while keeping all associated data and system components intact and wrapped in a fine-grained control policy to speed application delivery without risk.
So now that you’re ready to tackle hybrid cloud, what are you going eat at the hawker center?
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