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What is Enterprise Cloud?

Enterprise cloud is a computing environment for businesses that offers enhanced performance, reduced cost and superior security. Using web services to deliver a platform, infrastructure and software, enterprise is scalable and agile. Enterprise clouds are replacing traditional on-premise servers and other storage systems because they’re faster, reduce latency and prevent data loss. Enterprise environments are most efficient when coupled with a management system to simplify storage at scale.

Why is private cloud storage for enterprise becoming so popular?

There’s no denying the sharp uptick in the enterprise computing trend. The interest in this kind of cloud seems to be coming from businesses of all sizes all over the world, and in every industry. 

Chief among the reasons for such high demand for private enterprise infrastructure is the need for speed, abundant virtual storage, rock-solid security for proprietary data, and a desire for scalability and autonomy. Seedling ventures can set up enterprise computing, networks and storage with very little IT know-how—and on a much lower budget than ever before. Likewise, when companies are ready to grow—or already very large corporate entities—they can take advantage of the remarkable scalability and amenities that enterprise cloud offers. 

These features and elasticity give software development and information technology operations (DevOps) teams and companies the space, self-service and analytics they need to develop, test, deploy and release new apps and software. Once thought to be sluggish and unreliable, the incredible pace of development in enterprise-level computing has made it the hottest choice for commercial data storage and software development in the world today.

What are the building blocks of enterprise cloud?

Right now, there is a massive shift in the types of building blocks being used for cloud architecture. The building blocks of legacy storage—logical unit numbers (LUNs) and volumes—are outdated, and simply don't stand up to the computing standards required for cloud on the enterprise level. Don’t waste time trying to make your cloud run on the same building blocks used to configure traditional servers and other outmoded storage. You can strengthen your platform by building it with virtual machines (VMs) and containers—the currency of cloud—which will also give you more granular visibility and control.

Enterprise built on VM-aware storage allows you to manage any operation at the VM-level rather than the much more cumbersome LUN level. LUNs are statically pre-configured for workloads that have been pre-defined, and while they're not impossible to reconfigure, doing so is extremely tedious and time-consuming. In addition, if you try to resolve this issue by overprovisioning to enhance performance, you'll be wasting space. 

The answer to the LUN conundrum is dynamic building blocks. Enter VMs. In the dynamic cloud environment, VMs automatically configure storage so you don't have to manually tune the building blocks of your cloud. No matter how large or how small the workload is, VMs consistently provide significantly higher input/output per second (IOPS) and dramatically decrease latency events. Choose an enterprise computing environment that operates on VMs—the true building blocks of cloud—for exceptional per-application performance and speedy access to every file, application, software and resource on your network.

What are the different types of enterprise architecture?

Just as with most other cloud computing environments, enterprise offers a few different types of architecture. Whichever you choose for your venture should depend on what your needs are, whether you want to incorporate different cloud types into one environment, and how much growth you expect.

Private cloud offers you the ability to manage your own storage, applications, software and other products with your own in-house IT team. Private enterprise infrastructures are designed to handle juggernaut workloads, and can handle trillions of operations per second. The common—and sometimes correct—assumption about private cloud computing is that it’s slow, not very secure, and offers nowhere near the dexterity of public cloud. However, you can have the agility of public cloud within a private enterprise data center when you use the right platform and web services architecture. Rather than depending on antiquated storage building blocks like LUNs and volumes, choose a private enterprise cloud environment built on VMs and containers.

Hybrid cloud combines your existing on-premise server or computer storage with an enterprise environment. Sometimes, businesses and other entities choose the hybrid structure because they want to slowly migrate from one storage type to another. In other instances, facilities like hospitals, financial institutions and government agencies maintain hybrid environments because they store tremendous amounts of data and want to keep sensitive information on their own servers. In either case, enterprise storage works well to transition completely to cloud, or to stick with hybrid so you can quickly spin up and tear down the most frequently used applications.

Cloud native computing is the brainchild of the DevOps movement, with the primary purpose of automating the delivery of software and making changes to existing infrastructure automatically. “Cloud native” literally means that whatever was dreamed up within that DevOps cloud environment can live there forever—and so can every iteration of every application ever created there. Through continuous delivery, container storage, and the use of micro-services, developers and IT teams can collaborate quickly and easily to create, test, deliver and ultimately release new software reliably.

What is enterprise service oriented architecture (SOA)?

For DevOps teams across a national or international company to successfully use the services made available through enterprise infrastructure and cloud storage, an enterprise service oriented architecture (SOA) must be developed. Engineers are continually creating and updating software for various components within data centers so they can be repurposed over and over as technology advances and the needs of your venture change. SOA software is designed to make multiple services available simultaneously; so assembling new apps, managing existing apps, and scaling up and tearing down apps is quick and easy. The chief goal of SOA is to consistently make systems and data processing run smoothly and keep applications spinning up and tearing down with lightning speed. A well-integrated and thoughtfully architected SOA will also mean speedier delivery for software and application production.

What is the Tintri Enterprise Cloud platform?

Tintri Enterprise Cloud (TEC) operates on the VM and container level to meet the needs of enterprise cloud. That means Tintri puts the agility of public cloud in your data center. Here are some of the key differences between TEC and the services you would get from legacy storage or cloud-based services running on LUNs and volumes:

Web-services architecture: Rather than using legacy storage architectural configurations that have been retrofitted for private cloud, TEC operates on public cloud-like web services architecture and RESTful application program interfaces (APIs). This makes it easy to assemble and manage new applications and scale with ease.

Autonomy: With traditional storage, conflicts between applications require you to manually troubleshoot and tune; TEC isolates each application within its own lane, so there's no need for administrative intervention.

Automation: Instead of wasting time and money on manual cloud management, TEC automates storage components, allowing a single person to control as many as 160,000 VMs within minutes from one screen.