The move to the cloud is on. Increasingly, even companies that are mandated to comply with various corporate and national privacy and security standards, such as HIPAA, are also looking at ways they can extend their company networks to include auto-scaling clouds while at the same time abiding by those security standards. With the availability of sophisticated cloud providers such as AWS, Azure, Joyent and others it is increasingly attractive for companies to figure out ways to leverage these cloud providers and burst out of the corporate networks and transparently use these clouds.
In thinking about this, it becomes of interest to figure out the “how-to” of doing this. A number of cloud providers continue to work on being able to stretch on-premise with cloud. We can look at what Microsoft Azure has been doing to figure out why companies are looking at a merge of on-premises datacenter and cloud. They have provided an example of how a company could extend their on-premises datacenter with the Azure Cloud. In their informational diagram it is possible to turn on and off information bits within the the datacenter/cloud architecture. They allow for turning on and off information layers as can be seen from the figure above. You can see the example in the image below.
The above cloud represents an example of how companies can now merge the Azure cloud and their company network securely. You can find more details on this at the link below.
There are all sorts of challenges but companies like Microsoft are increasingly delivering ways to securely extend corporate networks into auto-scaling clouds.
Another company that allows bursting to the cloud is Cloudian. Their focus on providing an enterprise hybrid cloud allows corporate networks to connect safely with clouds. In Cloudian’s case, their product, HyperStore, combined with the Amazon cloud, allows for a next-generation hybrid IT cloud. The Cloudian/Amazon combination allows a 100 percent S3-compliant hybrid cloud storage platform. Dynamic migration from on-premises physical storage to off-premises cloud storage allows near infinite capacity scaling to meet the security and cost requirements of enterprise environments. Service providers who provide multi-SLA storage services are also benefited by this hybrid structure. You can read more about it :
In the next extending-into-the-cloud post, we will look at extending Microsoft SQL Server into the cloud. SQL Server 2016, when it arrives, it will encrypt all data by default, and is integrated with the R statistical programming language. More interestingly it allows a stretch into the Azure cloud. More on this in the next post. In the post that follows we will also discuss HIPAA cloud providers and whether they can remain relevant in the face of substantial improvement in merging the on-premises networks with clouds.