Cloud Adjacency Part 2

Happy New Year!  Thanks for joining us for the conclusion our "Why Cloud Adjacency" series.

Last time, we baselined what it takes to be cloud-native, some of the challenges of getting there, and identifying the foundational success criteria of a transformation roadmap.   Read it again @ Why Cloud Adjacency - Part 1.

Oncore helps organizations transform leveraging cloud-native efficiencies while delivering familiar technology enablement directly inline with the cloud data path.  We accomplish this via our Cloud Adjacent Method and Platform.  

By extending cloud-native principles to existing enterprise technology ecosystems, organizations realize digitally transformed benefits with reduced risk, cost, complexity and more importantly staff / resource disruption.   The most successful modernization programs start as grass-root disruptions from with in.   At Oncore we help accelerate these with easier buy-in from business and staff through Cloud Adjacency.  

Combining the Method and Platform, along with an encompassing partner and vendor ecosystem; Cloud Adjacency delivers enterprise-aligned cloud-first outcomes while de-risking technology transformation and modernization programs.  Oncore's advisory and professional services accelerate outcomes through industry-proven perspectives and strategies.   Working along-side your organization, we help align strategy, business, and technology teams helping integrate and naturally extend existing processes, designs, applications and methods integrating them into public cloud environments.   Recognizing that as data and workloads shifts from on-premise to cloud-native environments, the cost of on-premise compute infrastructures and facilities increases, as those costs will be amortized across an increasingly smaller workload.  

The Platform addresses this by extending an enterprise-aligned technology enablement, wrapped around cloud-first automation and orchestration technologies.   Leveraging open, RESTful APIs, along with cloud-native designs, concepts and technology models, organizations adapt cloud native principles to existing enterprise technology and applications helping transform processes and technology.  

 

The best investment an organization can make is back into itself; modernizing, transforming processes and internal practices.

 

Our method starts with Cloud Foundations, helping baseline cloud-first principles with enterprise-aligned infrastructure contexts.   Together, we apply pragmatic cloud strategies and industry perspectives into the unique context of your organization.   We continue strategic alignment with Data Center Modernization and Security + Transit Transformation streams, looking at your on-premise environments, helping classify applications and data, seeking efficiencies across on-premise, cloud adjacent or native contexts.   At Oncore, we recognize that network interconnection and security represents a substantial budgetary consideration within your organization.   We help transform traditionally centralized, on-premise security perimeters into ones that are geographically distributed, elastically scalable supporting all three application and data deployment models -- cloud native, cloud adjacent or on-premise -- all while maintaining and fortifying security objectives.

With all this transformation and modernization going on, onboarding of applications and data sets is the lynch-pin in a successful transformation program.  Well, we thought of that as well.  

Oncore Move is a purpose-built solution that securely transfers up to 500TB of data in a single, standard 4RU appliance.   It's the only device of its kind that's completely vendor and provider agnostic, enabling the onbaording of large data sets across environments and cloud providers.   Move is powered by our very own operating system supporting multi-protocol presentation, translation and export of storage.   We natively support block, file and object storage targets with the ability to natively translate between presentation protocols (e.g. import via block, export via file).    For larger data sets, multiple appliances can be cascaded together aggregating capacity.   Recognizing that data security is a vital consideration when moving data, we support a variety of encryption and transport methods including bonded/secured couriers; and can optionally arrange to have the storage media returned at the end of a migration.

Our Platform focuses on three infrastructure fundamentals of compute, storage, as well as transit / security enablement, we’ve crafted four key enterprise enabling managed services complementing our method and enabling enterprise-aligned integration of cloud services. 

  • Data Protection Platform;
  • UniversalEdge;
  • Managed Hybrid Compute;
  • Cloud Adjacent Private Storage.

The managed Data Protection Platform ensures protected data isn’t stuck in the equivalent of a data grain-silo.  Cloud adjacent protected data presents a variety of recovery and business continuity options previously unavailable to organizations.  The Oncore Data Protection Platform delivers, on-demand, just-in time, recovery of critical resources in the public cloud.  Why pay for and maintain idle standby recovery resources when you don’t need to?

The UniversalEdge managed interconnection onramp connects your organization optimized, carrier-diverse Internet transit along with private/public-peered cloud environments.   Oncore fully manages all public and private intricacies including routing, peering and availability.   It’s a carrier-grade, cloud-scale, fully managed interconnection onramp for your organization.  

Managed Hybrid Cloud helps contain and interconnect workloads with certain technology, compliance or sensitivity gravities.    Dedicated resources, elastically consumed and fully managed so your team can focus on supporting digital transformation initiatives.  Our stack fully supports the very latest DevOps and Infrastructure as Code methods and technologies that naturally extend into your public cloud environments.  

Cloud Adjacent Private Storage attaches data sets privately to public cloud environments.   This is all done without moving any data into the public cloud provider environment.   Organizations keep their sensitive data sets secure, leverage single instance storage interconnected across multiple cloud providers.  

The Oncore Cloud Adjacent Platform is at the edge of public cloud providers -- Leveraging strategic geographies, interconnected with high performance, low-latency networks.

At Oncore, we're helping organizations realize the benefits of digital transformation across a variety of verticals including financial services, retail, media and manufacturing.   We understand what's needed to succeed in delivering digitally transformed outcomes supporting the modern enterprise.   

Thanks for tuning in.  Check back often for new articles and perspectives - we got a lot more in the pipeline.  It's easy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Until next time, stay above the clouds.

 

Adam.

Cloud Adjacency Part 1

The modern enterprise is no longer bound by on-premise infrastructure, technology and applications.  It's future enablement relies on an interconnected, resilient and distributed best of breed ecosystem unifying providers, consumers and data enablers; while driving differentiation, marketshare and customer retention. 

Public clouds support this new operating modeldelivering the foundation and realization of successful status quo disruption.  Organizations are recognizing the value of Cloud-first strategies and how they help accelerate velocity of reaching an ever geographically dispersed customer-base, while scaling and continuously optimizing technology costs.

However, baselining to transformed industry benchmarks such as Netflix, Uber, Shopify, AirBnb is a tall order, and a risky venture for many established cornerstone enterprises and institutions.  Realizing cloud-first strategies requires organizations to rethink how they author applications, select technologies, maintain designs and deploy workloads.   Most importantly, the key to a successful strategy is how this transformation is integrated into and embraced by the organization.

Such a journey is not only a disruption of how technology is consumed, but also on people, skills, and often times certified processes supporting necessary regulations or compliance requirements.   The cloud is great, but unless there’s dedication to getting there through a pragmatic and enabling transformation program, it’ll be a tough journey.  Organizations who haven’t stepped up to the challenge or choose to deferwill find themselves left behind, and at a competitive disadvantage.  

The best investment one can make is right back into their business; modernizing processes and embracing dynamic, scalabledistributed application methods, rather than feeding deprecated technology models and ecosystems.

We see the future as multi-cloud and very hybrid.  As on-premise environments are migrated and refactored leveraging the cloud, cost modelling of those resources and investments (e.g. facilities) changes.   Staying on-prem is about to get more costly.   

So now that we defined the most common barriers to digital transformation success, let's talk about what makes up the solution.  

  • What if..  Organizations leverage an encompassing global ecosystem and platform to interconnect privately with their clouds, third party partners / providers.
  • What if..  Security perimeters, along with established design patterns, and curated Internet presence can be extended to the edge of cloud-native environments
  • What if..  Enterprise data governance can be reaffirmed and connected across cloud-native environments over high performance, low-latency private interconnection, without the complexity of costly transaction or egress costs commonly associated with cloud storage.

At Oncore we recognize this gap and developed an integrated ecosystem of technology and services we call - Cloud Adjacency.   By leveraging our Cloud Adjacent Method and Platform, organizations realize an enterprise-aligned digital enablement helping de-risk cloud adoption while helping foster disruption and business transformation from within. 

In Part 2, we'll explore how to turn these "what ifs" into a realistic, pragmatic and tailored capability your organization can foundation a successful transformation strategy around.   

Until next time..  Stay above the clouds. 

Adam.

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