Is the future cloud? Q&As
May 20th, 2021
Cloud storage is a cloud computing model used to store data on the Internet through a provider who manages and operates data storage as a service, enabling you to access your data “anytime, anywhere”. (Cloud Tech Journalist, 2021) Through the use of this type of services, IT departments benefit in three particular areas: information management, total cost of ownership and time to deployment.
As the use of cloud evolves and matures, businesses and applications often find themselves searching for ways to find the maximum flexibility and efficiency from cloud services. For the last few years, there’s been an ongoing discussion on the merits of utilizing a cloud-agnostic vs. a cloud-native application.
Cloud-agnostic platforms are spaces skilled to operate with any public cloud provider with mild interferences. Through a cloud-agnostic platform, businesses are able to efficiently scale the cloud services available and adapt it to different needed features and potential clients’ needs and realities. As well as moving them seamlessly between cloud platforms and infrastructures without being held by operating dependencies.
A cloud-native platform runs through “building and running an application that exploits the advantages of the cloud delivery model.” Nonetheless, while cloud-native applications can move between infrastructures, they are generally built under a specific platform architecture.
A cloud-native software is designed to run, while a cloud-agnostic software maximizes the ability of an organization to utilize different service providers. As of April 2021 the most important cloud service providers are Amazon Web Services (32%), Microsoft Azure (19%), and Google Cloud (7%), others (42%). (Stalcup, 2021)
We investigated with Vitalii Iakovenko, Senior DevOp’s Engineer at Proxima Solutions GmbH, and asked him some of the most frequent questions about this topic.
What’s the difference between cloud-native and cloud-agnostic?
It is said that the term cloud agnostics is utilized to refer to any tool, service or application able to operate on more than one cloud platform. A Cloud agnostic platform is able to run one application on different clouds, when you have more than one vender lock.
Usually, one must spend a lot of time to adopt an application from one cloud to another. Through the use of Kubernetes, an open-source container orchestration system, we have the opportunity to run the tool everywhere, anywhere with minor interferences.
Why did Proxima Solutions decide to use a cloud-agnostic platform for this type of software solution?
A cloud-agnostic platform allows businesses to achieve high-performance of IT resources without relying on a single cloud provider, enabling users to customize available service options in a multi-cloud environment and businesses to “efficiently access high-performance IT resources without having to maintain the infrastructure and storage necessary to manage those resources.”
At Proxima Solutions, we want more flexibility. We want to operate or create a hybrid cloud, using a tool that could just go ahead and adapt to the different scenarios. Through our use of Kubernetes, we are able to utilize cloud native and cloud agnostic applications.
What are the benefits of a cloud-agnostic platform?
A cloud-agnostic architecture enables users to manage cloud resources and costs in a more efficient and consistent way. Through service customizations in applications that can reduce risks and easily migrate on-premise applications to the cloud avoiding vendor lock-in and securing the data wherever it is stored.
It allows us to have more flexibility, fast scaling of applications, quick after-disaster-recovery and creating or managing hybrid clouds.
For you, what does “The future of Cloud” look like?
From my perspective, the future of any Cloud will definitely be related to adding more and more SaaS products. For example, even more types of databases, more types of message brokers etc. For customers it means that they will be able to run and integrate their cloud infrastructure better, faster, and cheaper.
As for cloud agnostics, we can say that when each main Cloud hosting provider will support the same SaaS services, their customers will migrate from one to another with less problems. Through the use of Kubernetes for running our services, we can already obtain a taste of these simplifying benefits that are hopefully going to dominate the farther future of cloud computing.
The utilization of a cloud service to store, manage and operate information is vital for this type of solutions.
At Proxima Solutions, we are determined to move forward and always find new ways in which we can attend our customers to help them optimize their renewable energy production. It is for this reason that we utilize a cloud agnostic approach, this way we are always flexible when our clients have the need to move into other cloud environment. Adaptation is easy, fast, and cost efficient.
Proxima Solutions GmbH is a German Company founded in 2018 aiming to digitize the energy transition. Combining artificial and human intelligence, data science, and renewable energy expertise, we offer a suite of software tools that enables asset owners and asset managers to increase energy production from their wind and hydro energy plants.
We can also support our customers with a set of services (plant supervision, predictive diagnostics, asset management), where we optimize asset performance and preserve asset lifetime by implementing the recommendations from our advanced analytics and AI predictive algorithms.
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