What is the difference between a basic cloud and a hybrid cloud?
The basic cloud accommodates a pool of resources that can reside anywhere, is elastically available and adjusted to the fluctuating needs of applications that run on it. A hybrid cloud comprises distinct cloud infrastructures that remain unique entities but are bound together by proprietary technology that enables data and application portability. With the increase in cloud adoption worldwide, many believe this will be the eventual state that most businesses will operate in, and if this is the case, the IT manager should investigate ways to better manage such an environment.
The need for a multi-cloud management platform
When you migrate your workloads to the cloud, it does not absolve you from architectural responsibility. You will be responsible for maintaining visibility, managing change, and even demonstrating auditable results. If your business uses more than one cloud environment, it is advisable to have a management platform that spans these environments. If managed independently, it can create an unnecessary duplication of efforts and potential security risks.
Our approach to building a hybrid cloud
SkyLight is a pioneering aggregated cloud solution, a multi-cloud management platform that consolidates the IS cloud, Amazon EC2, Dimension Data Cloud and Microsoft Azure, and their various contracts, into one holistic interface. This reduces the risk of Shadow IT because of the increased visibility. There’s a full overview of what machines are being used, their operating systems, CPU, hard disks and RAM utilisation, connected networks and where they’re deployed. This allows you to make decisions faster, and with more foresight and clarification on IT expenditure.
A closer look at how SkyLight works
In the interface, you can click between clouds and each option will display three constructs – Virtual Machine, Virtual Data Centre and Public Cloud – to choose the best virtual environment for your business.
SkyLight provides access to the following functions across all cloud platforms:
- Virtual machine management
- Firewall management (reorder rules, label rules, edit rules)
- Network management
- Load balancer monitoring and reporting
- Billing and usage report
- Role-based access management
- Performance management
- Threshold notifications
- Full audit logs
On SkyLight it’s easy to:
- Set up and manage workloads on different clouds
- View reports across all cloud platforms
- Manage complex tasks across multiple cloud providers
If you are looking for unparalleled visibility and complete functionality in your cloud ecosystem, then SkyLight is the answer. To manage more with less and increase your flexibility, grab a copy of our e-book now, Understanding SkyLight – The World’s Biggest Cloud
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