Hybrid Cloud / IT

Extend On-Premise VMware Infrastructure with the Skytap Enterprise-Class Public/Hybrid Cloud

Dynamic IT workloads, such as application development and testing environments, have unpredictable usage patterns, frequent setup and tear-down requirements, and minimal change management processes. Using on-premise resources to serve these environments can often result in too much wasted capacity or under provisioning. This often leads to inefficiencies in costs, pervasive shadow IT across your organization, and a lack of visibility and control over cloud deployments for virtual environments.

A hybrid cloud strategy can create opportunities for IT to better align costs with resource allocation and maintain visibility and control of users, policies, applications, budget, and security. This can be easily achieved leveraging Skytap Cloud's secure VPN connection (via IPsec), which can be created in under 10 minutes using Skytap AutoNetworks™ technology. Because Skytap Cloud serves as a secure extension of on-premise infrastructure, customers have flexibility to migrate applications or components of complex applications into Skytap Cloud, easily and securely.

Skytap Hybrid Cloud AutoNetworks Multi-VPN

For IT infrastructure and operations teams, Skytap Cloud provides IT with full visibility and control of resource allocation, usage, alerting, and reporting. IT maintains full control of network security, access, and authentication policies, and the creation and assignment of cloud computing resources to users, groups, and projects. Skytap Cloud enables enterprises to move workloads like development and testing environments to a secure hybrid cloud, thereby creating a seamless and secure extension to their own existing internal IT infrastructure, resources, and processes. IT can achieve complete governance and reporting, giving teams visibility and control across a global pool of computing resources, projects, profiles, and build artifacts.

Technical benefits include:

  • Create multiple networks for multi-tier architectures (e.g., database back-end, front-end web)
  • Self-service creation and management of multi point-to-point VPN connections via IPsec using Skytap Cloud AutoNetworks SDN technology
  • One-click network connections from environments to VPN tunnel(s)
  • Self-healing VPN connections via dead peer detection
  • Self-service network creation and management for each environment
  • Automatic management of IP addresses for networks within an environment (DHCP)
  • Automatic name resolution services for VMs on a network (DNS)
  • External custom name resolution services (custom DNS) for VMs on a network (e.g., AD on premise)
  • Network address translation (NAT) to automate management of IP addresses and network routes preventing potential conflicts
  • Automatic creation of network isolated environments (from each other and to/from Internet)
  • One-click options to expose environments (public IPs and specific ports)
  • One-click network connections between environments within Skytap Cloud (ICNR)
  • Easily create and analyze usage reports by group, project, or user
  • Ensure that groups always have the latest hardware and software configurations on which to develop and test
  • Enforce existing access control, security, and change management policies for end users
  • Easily access a centralized and consolidated view across multiple groups and projects
  • Creation of “gold master” templates to stamp out identical, complete, and complex configurations for development and testing projects to support increased standardization and parallel work streams
  • Secure remote access from any browser or device using SmartClient
  • Share complete configurations to remote, registered users via one-click URL publishing of configurations while maintaining security

Economic benefits include:

  • Free up scarce IT resources to focus on higher priority IT projects that are more timely or business critical
  • Eliminate the need to purchase and manage infrastructure capacity required for peak scalability, performance, and longevity testing
  • Manage spend by setting maximum resource limits, allocate resource quotas, and receive automatic notifications when defined thresholds are reached
  • Report and analyze monthly trends in usage, activity, and cost for cloud computing resources that are directly used
  • Eliminate the guesswork associated with annual capital budgeting for the dynamic and changing infrastructure requirements for dev/test
  • Reduce time spent negotiating, ordering, and managing various hardware and software vendors
  • Full resource allocation control, quotas, notifications, and reporting for IT
  • 24x7 support and online training for onboarding users and IT admins