Enterprise cloud brings the agility and simplicity of public cloud to data centers. It can be used to migrate company data to virtual storage, or as a platform for hybrid environments to host virtual and legacy storage components. Enterprise computing provides scalability across an entire company computing network and is usually run with management software and systems to offer automation and self-service. Enterprise-grade computing also includes solutions such as IaaS, SaaS and PaaS.
The primary advantages of enterprise cloud relate to the security it offers and the benefit of dramatically lowered cost when ventures use only the space and services they need. Unlike in-house and legacy storage, companies can begin with what they need right now with enterprise computing services—and scale up their computing environment as the company grows. In general, cloud for enterprise operations requires more networking capability, better in-house or third-party IT support, and an environment of ever-evolving resources in DevOps for entities of all sizes.
In the most basic terms, enterprise cloud is a virtual space built specifically for use by businesses, corporate ventures and other economically driven networks. Unlike public, consumer or individual cloud services, enterprise computing is not here to offer space for family photos, store music from our favorite bands or work as a tool for personal storage needs. Enterprise is far more complex, and allows the deployment and execution of operations by development and IT teams that may be local to one another or spanning the globe. Cloud for enterprise must prioritize operations, which means each business entity will have a cloud environment uniquely designed to meet objectives based on the focus and adaptability it requires.
The most essential thing enterprise cloud offers is the ability to recognize that the information within its infrastructure is an asset to the entire venture it supports. Information, applications, and software in development need the kind of high-end security that open or public cloud environments simply don’t offer. In addition, data housed within enterprise environments requires protection against cyberattacks, corruption and loss due to power outages and natural disasters—other cloud types and traditional storage just can't offer prevention for these kinds of events.
For deeper and wider protection against intruders and attacks, some larger enterprise-level computing systems are constantly authenticating, auditing and re-authorizing users so IT staff and administrators can see which operations occurred when, and from which machines they were executed.
For the everyday operations it takes to keep your organization afloat, you’re going to need the enterprise applications that allow you to access desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones on your network. You’ll need access to a company-wide email client for clear and timely communication. If you’re running on a hybrid cloud environment, your enterprise applications will need to be able to bridge the gap between public and private cloud—and enterprise environments allow you to do this. But perhaps most importantly, the enterprise applications running your database(s) need an architecture designed with the agility of public cloud and the security of private cloud—enterprise cloud makes this possible.
For ecommerce, engineering, software development and information technology operations (DevOps) and other ventures, the ability to develop, test, deploy and produce software and applications requires enterprise cloud that can handle cloud native applications. In order to spin up and tear down applications quickly and easily for accelerated development cycles and faster business operations, cloud native application support is essential. There’s no faster technology for executing these operations than all-flash arrays, which take up less than half the rack space within your data center than traditional storage. Your DevOps team can race through the development process with ease and enhanced security in an enterprise environment tailored to today’s IT needs.
Legacy storage options are still with us today and do serve many purposes, not the least of which is large data storage, especially for government agencies, large corporate ventures, and medical facilities. But the building blocks innovated for servers, personal computers and other traditional storage models don’t speak the language of enterprise, private, or public cloud. In some cases, as a quick fix, some ventures will retrofit the units of legacy storage to make them run their cloud environments. But these archaic units, known as logical unit numbers (LUNs) and volumes are not the currency of cloud—virtual machines (VMs) and containers are. LUNs and volumes simply cannot offer the level of visibility and granularity that VMs and containers can. Further, VMs and containers use an open application programming interface (API), which makes it possible for VMs to communicate with one another as well as other elements of your infrastructure.
Tintri Enterprise Cloud (TEC) uses the currency of cloud—VMs and containers—so we’re able to offer best-in-class solutions for all your enterprise needs. TEC can reduce your wide area network (WAN) by 95 percent, allowing you to grow to more than 160,000 VMs, which can be managed by one person from one console in just minutes.
Because it’s so simple to use, TEC dramatically reduces your dependence on an army of IT professionals—nearly any staff member working in your data center or on your DevOps team is able to manage storage and reduce your footprint. And, when you do need a little extra help, you can reach out to Tintri through our various messaging services.
When you say goodbye to LUNs and volumes, you’re also saying goodbye to all the manual tuning to manage space for applications. TEC offers automatic isolation and autonomy: each application is assigned its own lane, so there are no “noisy neighbors,” and apps don’t have to duke it out over shared resources.
The agility of all-flash storage within TEC guarantees automatic performance for cloud native applications. It also allows you to spin up and tear down your apps in 98 percent less time than it would take with legacy storage running on LUNs and volumes.
Unique control with VM-level actions for infrastructure functions including snapshots, replication and QoS make protection and performance certain in production, and accelerate test and development cycles.