Business challenge

Answer demand with cloud infrastructure

image of cloud containing multiple apps and devices

What is cloud infrastructure?

A collection of computing power, storage, and network systems that serve resources to users on demand. A well-designed cloud infrastructure is elastic, and supports tasks like big-batch processing or disaster recovery that might tax traditional, on-premise datacenter resources.

Getting started

5 ways to add or manage cloud infrastructure

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (like Red Hat® OpenStack® Platform) incorporates all the things cloud needs: network, storage, servers, and virtualization. A Platform-as-a-Service (like Red Hat OpenShift) provides runtime environments. Some solutions (like Red Hat Cloud Suite) packages Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service together into a single, easy-to-use product.

Compute, storage, networking, and other infrastructure abstraction approaches are far more flexible and adaptable than dedicated hardware.

On top of being easier to update than fragile, monolithic applications, the modular nature of microservice-based apps is the first step toward shared reusable services.

Modern development and microservices require unified management and automated processes that allow, business, developers, and operations to collaborate more.

It’s not just platforms, tools, and technologies. Cloud infrastructure will also change the way your developers and ops engineers work. Iterative, continuous software cycles let them get to work--and produce new work—faster.

Penn State

Too often, software vendors and IT teams tell customers which computing resources and software they should have. With Red Hat solutions, our end users can tell us what they need and we have the platforms and technology to deliver exactly the right service.

Chuck Gilbert, Technical Director for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at ICS at Penn State

Customer demands

We want more of everything

Cloud infrastructure makes modernization possible. It can open new revenue streams, and help you achieve scale far beyond your existing datacenter. At a fraction of the cost.

Real-time responses

Qoros needed to offer intelligent, vehicle-mounted telematics services to customers. Big data, high traffic, real time.

New ways to connect

Paddy Power Betfair needed to deliver new betting products with speed and efficiency.

Is your infrastructure limiting your innovation?

Organizations have to invest in technology that serves employees and consumers alike in ways they expect. One innovation leads to another and all of that requires new types of storage, analytics, automation, and management.

Digital services and solutions make it easier to do business, whether at the bank or in a doctor’s office. Organizations using transformative technologies —like cloud— can create new business models, ecosystems, and revenue streams.

With everything in play, digital business will demand a far more complex technology transformation than what took place in the previous decades in areas such as e-business for online transactions.

Monica Basso, Gartner's IT Market Clocks for 2016: Digital Transformation Demands Rapid IT Modernization, October 2016. #G00308760

Overcoming challenges

Modern cloud ain't easy—but you can make it look that way

Your existing environment, staff, and practices—or even entrenched, expensive vendors--may make your transition challenging. But that doesn’t make it impossible.

Challenge:

How do I salvage my traditional server and database architectures?

Solution:

Reinvent and repurpose embedded transactional apps, long-lived instances, and on-premise hardware.

Challenge:

How do I ensure the right people have access (and the wrong people don’t)?

Solution:

Create and control policies across hybrid infrastructure with unified management and a common platform OS.

Challenge:

How can I choose platforms that support modern development?

Solution:

Explore and create the integrated container platform you need for modern software development and DevOps.

Challenge:

How do I prepare my people?

Solution:

Bring IT staff up to speed on new technologies, or supplement your in-house experience with consulting and support.

Doing things differently

Dig deeper and learn more

There are many components to a modern cloud infrastructure. Where would you like to start?

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing delivers infrastructure, services, platforms, and applications to users on-demand across a network. You’ll need to know this before you start adding or managing your own cloud.

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is what's happening when you adopt new and innovative ways to do business based on technological advances—like adding or managing cloud infrastructure.

Automation

IT automation lets you solve problems once and automate after that. Could you automate provisioning today? And what else could you automate in the future?

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