With the various limitations of public and private cloud storage, how do companies choose a cloud that suits their storage needs? Experts say it’s possible to have the best of both options — the accessibility of a public cloud like Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the security and control of a private cloud.
Developed through a partnership between Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and the Montreal-based Ormuco, their turn-key solution is a single platform, hybrid public/private cloud with a simple user-interface that takes all the advantages of a public cloud and puts them in a private environment that users can control.
“We put together very simple solutions you can take advantage of inside of two weeks where you are fully-functional, having a complete platform, which allows you to provision computing, build computing and the most important one – storage,” said Jason Krilich Director of Worldwide Sales Enablement at Ormuco during a recent ITWC webinar.
Krilich went on to say storage is the area that is often the most cost prohibitive when it comes to cloud storage.
Inexpensive and efficient hybrid storage
“The thing about storage with Ormuco is we’re not charging you to move it around. Enterprises want access to the data that they’ve already put in a cloud and at the end of the day, that’s the biggest cost driver in the market today. They’re all happy to welcome you into the cloud, but the second you start moving around you’re data, you’re getting charged,” said Krilich.
Ormuco helps users avoid those costs because users log into both private and public clouds from a single point-of-entry no matter how their data is stored. These users also don’t have to purchase expensive hardware because everything is run through Ormuco’s existing software environment, allowing personnel that would ordinarily be maintaining that hardware to make better use of their time.
“Complexity of management is one of the biggest concerns organizations have, so anything that can be done to help streamline and drive operational efficiencies the way Ormuco does is a huge benefit,” said Chris Christianopoulos, Director of Strategic Partners and Service Providers at HPE.
Deciphering Expenses and Cutting Costs
When using a public cloud, Krilich says organizations often find themselves having a difficult time deciphering which cloud storage expenses came from what department, but not with Ormuco, which supports multiple orchestrator platforms.
“With Ormuco you can take that bill and nail it down by user, by project, by region and at the end of the month, you can now discuss, we spent X dollars on this project and it cost the company X amount of time and money and that is very valuable information,” added Krilich.
He acknowledged that while many of the popular public clouds like Azure had many of the same components, Ormuco provides all its features at half the expense.
“Costs get out of control in a public cloud. It’s efficient, it works, it was built there and they did a brilliant job of making it easy. But with Ormuco, it’s a great alternative to say I want to have better control over my IT needs. I want to have my finger on the pulse of how I control where I want these workloads to go and more importantly, I want to control the billing, the personnel, the access and the ease-of-use – that makes life much easier.”