Turnkey Cloud: The Newest Cloud Platform
Today the cloud is the new and convenient data infrastructure for businesses. In order to fit business needs the cloud must be provisioned and deployed to deliver value. Enterprises and IT executives must make a choice of either using a single-vendor turnkey solution or use a combination of multiple vendor solutions. To date, the cloud environment has been based on businesses, creating their own data environment or IT departments, building their own private cloud using different vendor solutions.
Lately, however, the new full turnkey cloud platforms have come into the channel, offering businesses an ease of deployment without the loss of flexibility that the traditional solutions offered. UK MSP Vissensa just purchased the first mainframe-based Enterprise Cloud System from IBM. The new mainframe comes preconfigured with a pretested Linux solution that outperforms the x86-based platform. IBM built the new system on the System z hardware that supports 6,000 virtual machines, provides a complete IaaS solution, with related storage, and cloud management platforms. The new mainframe allows Vissensa to provide full cloud services for smaller data centers using programs through IBM’s consumption-based pricing.
HP Joins The Turnkey Club Offering An Integrated Enterprise Solution
HP now offers enterprises a turnkey solution with integrated servers, networking, software, and storage all under one Cloud System program. HP offers enterprises a way to customize and craft their cloud environment to suit their application and data needs. HP offers virtual environments, private cloud architectures that will support more than 2,000 virtual instances, multiple data centers, Microsoft and SAP software stacks, and self-service with provisioning and support.
Enterprises need special turnkey environments that cater to their operational needs. With multitenancy environments, enterprises can draw from a wide range of software and services bypassing the public Internet and use their private network connection. This allows enterprises to build their own “interconnected business ecosystem” within their private cloud. Therefore, the new turnkey solutions can be reconfigured to meet businesses changing data needs and are much more dynamic than before. By building the turnkey clouds on open source platforms and commodity hardware third-party solutions can enter into the fold.
Unfortunately, turnkey solutions only use a single-vendor which was considered the top limitation in the traditional infrastructure. Consider that most enterprises have the experience or knowledge to build their own world-class cloud environment. Therefore, a turnkey cloud environment provides enterprises a quick way to integrate their business and also leaves plenty of room for fine-tuning their platform.