Elevate the Caliber of Cloud Computing
Over the past few years, Cloud computing has crossed over the hype phase as there has been a steady adoption from more and more organizations and increased support from solution providers. SPAN has caught this changing wave early-on and has been investing in Cloud platforms and related technologies. We have developed expertise around offerings from major cloud providers and platforms. By working with some of the early adopters of cloud computing, we have delivered highly flexible global services on a variety of technologies. SPAN has a deep understanding of services stack, marketplace products and management extensions of major cloud platforms and is capable of delivering comprehensive solutions on cloud.
As a member of Amazon Partner Network, SPAN has designed and deployed several cloud solutions on AWS for various customers. SPAN has also implemented test labs on AWS for highly available solutions using MS SQL Server AlwaysON, across different availability zones and distributed processing of Big Data, using Hadoop. Familiar with the cloud formation models of AWS, SPAN has integrated test labs with management extensions from other AWS vendors.
As a Microsoft Silver Competency partner, SPAN has assisted Microsoft customers with proof of concepts on core features of Azure. Through our parent company, EVRY, we have built a private cloud platform for enterprise clients using the Windows Azure Pack.
With Cloud Computing, organizations can transform IT operations. IT Service Management (ITSM) helps to speed up cloud services delivery by managing complex environments. ITSM platforms and principles support organizations to achieve their goals by putting in place the right technologies, people and processes. IT Service Management is useful for streamlining data center operations, improving utilization of resources and develop open standards.
In addition, we have developed several services as ERP extensions on a leading PaaS platform, called Apprenda, for an enterprise in the Nordic region. We have also migrated applications across PaaS platforms with a vendor-agnostic design. Our experience extends to having explored the Google App Engine (PaaS) Platform and its APIs to build a cloud based Compliance Audit Service. The Audit solution was composed through a mash-up of majority of Google services and very few custom services.
SPAN’s Cloud Strategy accelerators:
Cloud Consultancy Services
- Cloud readiness assessment
- Create cloud strategy for application and infrastructure
- Building cloud roadmap and reference architecture
- Define service strategy and delivery models for an enterprise (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
Cloud Enablement Services
- Cloud governance
- Cloud transition planning
- Cloud adoption/migration
Cloud Managed Services
- Enable Cloud sourcing and managing
- Identify remote service needs, integrating process and delivery models
SPAN's Cloud Centre of Excellence (CoE)
In the view of growing need for cloud solutions and services, SPAN continues to invest in a dedicated CoE for cloud. The CoE, led by experienced solution architects, has focused groups for every major player in cloud computing technologies. The primary objective of the CoE is to explore the service offerings from the vendor and to develop best practices, security guidelines and cloud design patterns. The technology demonstrators developed by CoE greatly helps to de-risk early adopters, trying out these service stacks for the first time. The CoE also has plans of developing new tools for analysis, migration and management of cloud. The following are some of the tools/frameworks developed to support easier and smooth cloud adoption and management.
Our tools and frameworks:
Cloud Foundation Framework 1.0
The Cloud CoE has released Cloud Foundation Framework 1.0, a .Net based framework to reduce time to market and cost of developing SaaS based solutions and services. The framework has most of the core libraries required for SaaS services like multi-tenancy management, user, roles and privileges management, subscription management and service metering. At present, we are adding a generic Data Synchronizer to move synchronized data in a hybrid cloud scenario to the framework.
MS System Center Orchestrator
The cloud CoE has developed a cloud management solution - MS System Center Orchestrator, which brings automation to various layers of IT, like production, development, maintenance, pre-testing environment and management. The solution is rendered as a self-servicing portal, which automates the delivery of various services (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), and provides an intuitive interface to manage the cloud infrastructure. The portal allows administrators to define workflows for various types of service deliveries and pick activities by the solution template. The solution offers REST-based APIs for smooth integration with other management extensions and platforms. The orchestrator ensures high degree of service efficiency and quality, while saving turnaround time and total cost of operations. Currently, the solution is used to manage EVRY’s private cloud hosting for several major enterprises in the Nordic region.