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CloudBolt on Harnessing the Power of Cloud-Native Resources for the Enterprise

Guest post by Patrick Campbell, Senior Technical Marketing Manager for CloudBolt

Whenever your favorite banking, rideshare, or collaboration apps introduce a new feature or enhancement these days, it’s hard to miss. In some cases it’s welcomed—like being able to take a snapshot of a receipt or check to update an account. In other cases these changes might be a little annoying—like having to receive a digital code on your smartphone to enter and continue to the next step for a customer service request.

Love them or hate them, these digital experiences are brought to you by a combination of cloud-native computing, storage, and networking components that work together to scale on demand and help disrupt existing markets, as well as create new ones with digital services that provide ride sharing, entertainment, lodging, food delivery, and more.

One major provider to enterprises is Amazon Web Services (AWS), whose architecture platform allows for this disruption by enabling a continuous integration, continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline of software code that keeps digital business assets responsive to fast-moving market demands.

Inevitably, there are challenges and trade-offs to this approach. As David Linthicum, the Chief Cloud Strategy Officer at Deloitte Consulting, has written, “Your business requirements set the stage for the technology you use, and that technology should be best of breed.” He also considers that going all-in to one vendor could be a tough sell for some enterprises who are trying to avoid lock in. It doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s consider this approach that follows.

Strategic Enterprise Provisioning

This strategic goal for an enterprise is ideally independent from the immediate goals of an end user who is more focused on performance and availability regardless of the cost or security. Most of us have had a situation where we’ve overspent or sacrificed security in order to get something done. I often drive fast momentarily only to end up at a destination—or even the next traffic light—at the same time as I would have at a slower, more consistent speed. There are exceptions but when you factor in traffic congestion and the posted speed limit, time savings are minimal for trips of 500 miles or less. The risk taken by speeding is yet another factor.

At the strategic enterprise level, every minute and every dollar counts—seconds of time running resources for hundreds, thousands, and millions of end points have a significant impact on digital value. The amount of time it takes to spin up and run resources to meet the demands of Black Friday, as well as the ability to take down or turn off resources when there’s less demand, determines which businesses are the most competitive. Dormant resources are very expensive in this scenario. Improving any part of the IT process is worth it and why enterprises that have better visibility and control of what is spent, where it is spent, and when it is spent are leaders in their respective markets.

Harnesses the Power of Cloud-Native Resources

CloudBolt, which was founded in Maryland in 2012, provides the competitive edge at the strategic enterprise level. With AWS’s cloud-native services and the CloudBolt platform’s visibility and control, enterprises can innovate with easy-to-use and fully customizable blueprints from a library of best-of-breed AWS resources. Once the deployment architecture is set up for production—enabled by one-click or triggered blueprints in CloudBolt—resources start running when and where they are needed and appropriately turned off when they are not.

For example, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) found the combination of AWS and CloudBolt ideal for some of the major parts of their business where geographic performance and availability were extremely important. CloudBolt provides cost control with power scheduling to track usage by department and tie IT spending directly to business value. The ability to manage all of their AWS public cloud and on-premises resources from one interface has proven to eliminate the VM and infrastructure sprawl that they once had. Users can no longer start running IT resources and just leave them on unattended.

We at CloudBolt are convinced that being able to adopt this native-cloud approach in AWS as an enterprise can be done efficiently and without the pitfalls of lock in. A cloud management platform can provide for the scalability and agility of cloud-native solutions for the CI/CD pipeline coupled with the ability to keep an eye on spending and unnecessary overprovisioning of resources. The development and DevOps teams with the public cloud expertise can team up with IT and even the security teams to develop controlled workflows in the public cloud that can have automated checks to make sure spending is throttled when necessary and the inventory of resources running is a right fit for the objective.

To find out more, please request a free trial that includes a 25-VM license for CloudBolt. For more detailed information about getting started on AWS using CloudBolt, see Deployment Guide for CloudBolt on AWS.

Michelle Kung

Michelle Kung

Michelle Kung currently works in startup content at AWS and was previously the head of content at Index Ventures. Prior to joining the corporate world, Michelle was a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal, the founding Business Editor at the Huffington Post, a correspondent for The Boston Globe, a columnist for Publisher’s Weekly and a writer at Entertainment Weekly.