Hybrid Cloud Solution Realised
One of RedPixie’s financial customers had exhausted their data centre capacity and made the decision to use public cloud services, as part of their strategy to address the capacity challenge, but also to benefit from the features that cloud brings to their business.By Infrastructure Programme Manager Leading Fund Manager
A large financial institution had already considered their preferred strategic cloud providers and had begun to migrate non-production workloads to their chosen cloud vendor. They also had some new client facing applications that needed a stable/reliable platform, but, without the capex budget required to implement the various infrastructure platform layers required to provide that level of service. Data centre space was running out and their internet infrastructure was near capacity. The client did not want to invest in new Data centres or spend time and money upgrading existing internet bandwidth. RedPixie was bought on-board to implement a production environment within the chosen cloud provider.
“Three quarters of the way into the project we asked ‘the Pixies’ to quickly change course and absorb a significant shift in our strategy. They responded positively and built our new cloud architecture ready for production applications.”
After a phase of detailed analysis, RedPixie re-engineered the local area network to extend the network into the public cloud securely. In extending the network to the cloud we also had to redesign and create multiple secure network zones that could be used for different categories of IT services such as production, development and public facing services. Another important aspect of the solution was to ensure that operations staff had access to the various cloud service layers, based on their roles to ensure that the least amount of privileges were given to carry out the roles that operations staff held. New operational run books were also created to ensure operations staff were fully prepared, to operate a new hybrid infrastructure that delivered IT services to the business from both the customer’s data centre and the public cloud. As well as the changes to run books, many of the operational tools had to be re-configured to extend their reach to cloud based platforms and infrastructure.
The future benefits to the business are extensive. This work has avoided the need to provision expensive data centre facilities and also extends the life and the investment in the existing data centres. IT can now be more responsive to the business in provisioning new services and capabilities. The client is quickly recognising the benefits that this new architecture can provide and is already considering a multi-vendor cloud strategy that extends the capabilities of the business but also avoids any “lock in” risk associated with their current preferred vendor.
The customer chose RedPixie as their partner to assist with the selection of cloud providers and also to ensure that services could be consumed from the cloud in a practical and secure way. The customer was also keen to ensure that their on premise data centre and the cloud data centre could work in a seamless way and that operations teams could operate both.