Cybercom invest in both OpenStack and AWS. Is that a stupid strategy?

2016-09-21, 13:46 Posted by: Tony Hendrell

Some people have asked me why you invest and spend your valuable time and money in two different cloud technologies OpenStack and Amazon Web Services (AWS)? I always reply and explain them that we offer them for quite different use cases.

Why OpenStack?

OpenStack is a free and open-source software platform for cloud computing, mostly deployed as an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) in own data centers. We have our own OpenStack based Cybercom Cloud for certain use cases when data must be stored in Finland and because we have built that cloud solution by ourselves during the past few years we have the competence team with wide and deep knowledge around the OpenStack technology. We are the founder of OpenStackFIN user group in Finland with almost 550 stackers today and also sponsoring the first OpenStack Days Nordic in Stockholm 22nd of September 2016.

OpenStack is typically used for private cloud solutions and a lot of companies are considering to replace their current commercial virtualization platforms with OpenStack in their own data center premises. Our OpenStack architects have been involved and helped also many companies to build and optimize their own OpenStack based private clouds. I see that this type of movement will grow in the future and there is definitely growing market demand for local OpenStack knowledge. That’s why we are investing more to our OpenStack competence team.

Why AWS?

In the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, for the 6th straight year, Gartner placed Amazon Web Services the number #1 public cloud service provider. AWS has almost 100 services, spanning a wide range, including compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, mobile, developer tools and tools for the IoT. AWS is a total leader of public cloud platforms.

Cybercom is the Advanced level consulting partner with AWS and the official reseller also in Europe. We have over 50 technical and business AWS accreditations plus over 10 AWS certified architects and those numbers are growing rapidly. We take care of clients’ AWS accounts, and give assistance with certified AWS experts, who have deep hands-on AWS knowledge with our Passionate Support for AWS solution. Our AWS architects and system administrators can manage all assignments related to your AWS cloud environments.

Hybrid solutions

Some of our customers are looking for hybrid cloud solution where we integrate our Cybercom Cloud or customer’s own OpenStack based private cloud with the public AWS cloud as a one hybrid cloud platform. We are able to do that in all levels needed: applications, containers, virtual servers or storage.

Our Cloud Connect connection ensures that your services have secure, stable and interruption-free data connections between the private cloud and public AWS cloud. You can choose which parts of the service will run in the public cloud and which will remain in the protected Cybercom Cloud. When necessary, the customer’s office networks can be seamlessly integrated into the shared network topology where developers can securely access required cloud-resources from their own networks.

The conclusion

We know the OpenStack and AWS very well and will continually increase our consultants’ competence in both technologies that we could help and support several different private, public and hybrid cloud use cases. If you need help with those two different cloud technologies, please contact me and I’ll find our best cloud architect near to you!

Let’s start to boost your business with our Managed Cloud Services!

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