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Understanding Cloud Governance with the Best Practices for a Successful Journey

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When you move to the cloud, you get a great deal of control over your data as you don’t have to spend much time managing required infrastructure. By adopting the right cloud governance strategy, you can manage access to data, mitigate security risks, and optimise cost. Many organizations practice a cloud-ready approach and offer hybrid cloud solutions to implement cloud governance. However, businesses can lose control of the cloud easily. It’s a tricky balance for businesses to control the cloud infrastructure as per the organization’s goal.

Hence, the best cloud governance strategy plays a core part in using cloud and scaling it as per business requirements.

Here’s how Parkar saves 50% cost with AWS cloud migration and governance. (link to the case study Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform Saved 50% Cost with AWS Cloud Migration).

What is Cloud Governance?

According to Forrester cloud governance is, “the ability to provide strategic direction, track performance, allocate resources, and make adjustments to ensure that organizational objectives are met, without breaching the parameters of risk tolerance or compliance obligations.”

Cloud governance and cloud management are completely different concepts. Businesses are adopting cloud at a fast rate and along with it, the IT infrastructure is getting more complex. Researches reveal that cloud governance and cost management are the major concerns to get cloud maturity. Approximately 51% of businesses have central cloud teams for governance.

Cloud costs and efficiencies are major concerns for businesses.  Hence, you need to set some rules on department-wise budget allocation, guidelines on what kind of software/apps the departments can use, cloud security policies, etc. These rules can be flexible. However, you need to set some approval process at certain levels. The cloud management software helps to monitor compliance with the rules. Such software gives 360-degree visibility to all cloud activities.      

While monitoring the compliance with the rules, you can see the scope for efficiency improvement. Additionally, when you plan to expand your cloud-based operations, businesses need to make changes in the rules that are already created to welcome new products as well as services.

Hence, cloud governance is a bundle of rules you create, monitor, and revise as per necessity to control cloud costs, enhance efficiency, and remove security risks. Apart from these areas, there are many other segments in cloud operation that need governance. When you start gathering all the components they create the rules of governance.

Microsoft Azure in partnership with Harvard Business Review had a survey related to cloud governance. The report mentions that “Creating a formal structure for cloud governance early in the process can be critical to success.”

Download the complete report to get more insights. Link

Why is Cloud Governance important?

Cloud governance is a crucial part of your cloud infrastructure. It helps your employees to access cloud resources with ease while maintaining required levels of security and controls. When you migrate to the cloud, cost plays an important role in scaling and streamlining the cloud infrastructure in tandem with your business needs. Some of the prime reasons for having a good cloud governance strategy are:

Manage Cloud Resource & Accounts

AWS is advising all cloud customers to shift to multiple-tenant tasks staying in a single cloud account into their separate accounts. The best industry practice is to use multiple accounts to manage cloud workloads. It delivers accurate access control and manages the cost.

An efficient governance practice can help organize the volume of accounts and most organizations need and offer visibility around key cloud activities as well as trends.

Easy Access to Cloud Resource

When you have no idea about the location of your corporate data, your cloud infrastructure is likely to face some risks, and high expenditure. Even your employees get frustrated with the data access. A perfect cloud governance strategy allows easy requests and access to the data or resources based on geo-locations. And in this process, you also enhance the leadership confidence in moving to the cloud.

Reduces Risks

A business faces multiple risks while operating in the cloud whether its exposed data, cost overrun, or non-compliance with regulations. With a cloud governance strategy, you can ensure the cloud storage files like S3 buckets or Azure blobs have accurate control over data privacy. Additionally, the usages are compliant with standard regulations.

Reduces Labor

Cloud governance allows you to set guardrails at the correct point in your organizational hierarchy. You can control and manage access, policy, and budget for specific resources or objects. Additionally, cloud governance offers enforcement action that allows you to get rid of necessary follow-up actions upon receiving alerts. Cloud governance prevents budget overrun, saves labor, and effort.

Cloud Governance: Kickstart with Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform

Parkar helps businesses discover the best approach to integrate new processes with existing IT governance policies, dashboards, and tools. In daily operations, we offer assistance with metering, billing, and chargebacks for consistent cost-efficiency gains. Our NexGen Cloud Platform has a governance framework that includes specific aspects of IT governance and cloud security.

Parkar has 50+ azure certified engineers who have expertise around multiple aspects of cloud implementation, cloud migration and cloud governance.

We at Parkar, have helped many businesses with cloud adoption and define a governance framework that suits their business. The NexGen cloud platform is flexible enough to adapt to new-age technologies as per your business requirements. We encrypt and monitor the internal access to sensitive data, like medical data in case of healthcare, and infrastructure while allowing trusted external users to securely access this platform. Also, we provide a single data access point and a centralized logging system to manage data requests from external sources.

Our cloud governance strategy covers all the aspects of private, public, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. The cloud governance strategy of Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform includes:

Data Structuring Create guidelines for your data in the cloud.

We help you to manage your data source, who has access to it, and how it travels through the organization. We create master data management to ensure data consistency.

Identity and Access Management Enable you to govern user policies and put restrictions against unauthorized access to data.

We define and manage the roles of individuals to allow data access whichever is required for work.

Cost Management  Keep a strict eye on data and permission as cloud costs get easily out of control. 

Sometimes, the developers forget to shut down some unused applications. Additionally, if you utilize multiple cloud services and the bill can be high. We help to track and analyze the expenditure.

Establish Optimum Security  Enable optimum security as per need

Relying on your auditing as well as security needs, we can develop any number of tools or scripts to accumulate data. We also build a central monitoring solution across your business to trigger alerts upon detecting threats.

Get in touch with us for the best cloud governance strategy.

About Parkar Consulting & Labs

At Parkar, we revolutionize how great software is built. Our vision is to be a catalyst for customer success by harnessing the unlimited passion of our people and innovation.

Our expertise in Cloud and Data technologies has enabled over 50+ corporations to deliver better customer experiences and lower their business costs.

Powered by our NexGen Cloud Platform, customers unlock the power of technology to accelerate solutions in Application Engineering and AIOps.

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Cloud Migration Checklist: 5 Basic Steps for a Rewarding Journey

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Do you want to be one of 94% of businesses in the world using the cloud currently? As per Gartner, the international public cloud service market is expected to grow 331.2 Billion USD by 2022.

When everyone is talking about cloud migration, businesses need to find the reasons why they want to migrate. As we all know the cloud offers multiple business benefits like decreasing IT cost, facilitating business continuity and scalability, collaboration efficiency, flexibility, etc. Amongst all these benefits, which one does your business need? Assess your current infrastructure, budget, and ROI planning. These are essential elements of the basic checklist you should assess when you plan a cloud migration.

One business is different from the other. Hence, each needs a different cloud migration strategy. Nonetheless, the basic steps are universal.

Parkar offers a cloud-enabled platform empowered with the Lambda & Microsoft Azure components. We helped a healthcare organization in cloud migration with a centralized repository further speeding up application development time with easy maintenance with optimum security.

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Decide Your Cloud Strategy

Before jumping to the cloud, determine your business goal. It starts with assessing your existing IT infrastructure.  A baseline understanding of your current position will help to create ky performance indicators (KPIs) for cloud migration. It will also help to identify issues during migration.

Some of the cloud migration KPIs you can include:

  • Page load times
  • Response times
  • Availability
  • CPU usage
  • Memory usage
  • Conversion rates

Assess which Application to Migrate

Not all applications belong to the cloud.  Security and cost are two primary components you should consider while deciding the app for migration. Moreover, understanding both business and IT impact while migrating is essential. While selecting the apps you want to move to the cloud, you should consider the following factors:

  • Which application needs redesigns and which application can be lift-and-shift?
  • If an app needs redesigns, how complex will that be?
  • Does the cloud vendor offer any services that enable migration without reconfiguring workloads?
  • What is the ROI for the applications you will be shifting to the cloud?
  • How long the application will take to achieve the same after the migration?
  • Which type of cloud is best for your applications?

We at Parkar successfully accomplished cloud migration with application reengineering for an enterprise with a polyglot platform. This platform enables application reengineering via microservices implementation. With this high-tech cloud migration, we saved the total cost of ownership (TCO) by 30%.

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Plan and Prepare for Migration

Be clear about the reason behind your cloud migration. You should also focus on the cloud benefit you want to leverage and grow. The first tangible step is to assign a dedicated cloud architect to plan and monitor the whole project. If your migration project is large, you need to make many technical decisions and plans. Hence, having a cloud architect makes things easy for you.

When you move from on-premise to the cloud, you can migrate in two ways and they are shallow cloud migration and deep cloud migration.

Shallow Cloud Migration

It’s ‘lift-and-shift’. You just move your on-premise application to the cloud with no or limited changes. It’s called lift-and-shift as the application is just lifted as it is and kept on the cloud.

Deep Cloud Migration
As the name says,  deep cloud migration is not ‘lift-and-shift’. Businesses modify their applications to leverage the prime cloud capabilities in this migration. Sometimes business goes for auto-scaling or dynamic load balancing.

At Parkar Consulting & Labs, we accomplished a deep cloud migration with application reengineering for a healthcare organization with our new-age cloud computing platform. This is a cutting-edge enterprise distribution of Kubernetes, an advanced solution for continuous development & multi-tenant deployment. Moreover, it speeds up application development time and offers long term maintenance of team & app life-cycle.

Choose Your Cloud Environment

The second important phase before you start cloud migration is selecting the cloud model. You need to choose first whether you want to go with a multi or single cloud.

Fig: Different cloud environments to choose from

Single Cloud

When you deal with a single cloud service provider for migration. It can be a public or private cloud and depends on your business requirements. Sometimes, businesses use a single cloud model for a single service or application.

Multiple Clouds
In such an environment, businesses use different public cloud services from different providers. Often, businesses use different clouds for various tasks to get the best results. And for different departments like marketing and sales, you need different clouds as they have different needs.

Multiple clouds decrease the dependencies than having a single provider.

The popular cloud service models you can opt for are:

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  • IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service)
  • PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service)
  • SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)

Migrate, Monitor, and Review

You can follow the checklist to finally migrate your applications to the cloud:

  • Copy your database. If you have a small workload, you can copy your data relying on an Internet connection. It is not ideal for a large workload. If it takes a longer time, you can simply compress the data before sending it.
  • Your cloud provider gives you access to multiple migration tools.
  • Voila, you are on the cloud. The next phase is resource optimization. Allocate your resources like servers dynamically to leverage the cloud’s strength. Make sure that your team has a feasible resource distribution plan.

Monitoring your cloud is the next important thing after the cloud migration. This is where your cloud service provider comes quite handy. They constantly review and monitor your cloud performance. You can also have an internal team of experts for the same.

Why Cloud Migration with Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform?

Parkar is a one-stop solution provider for all your cloud needs. With prestigious partnerships with the leading cloud providers like Microsoft Azure and AWS, Parkar offers a NexGen cloud platform to design custom cloud solutions for all your business needs.

We create cloud infrastructure with minimal footprint, optimized for effective monitoring, control, and governance. Parkar assures scalable cloud adoption by applying the best architectural and solutions practices of Azure. And all this with minimal interruption to business as a key consideration.

Cloud migrations are often more complicated than just a lift-and-shift. Our azure certified architects and experts have led scores of successful cloud migrations. We make sure that cloud migration for our customers is quick, without disruption, and sets them up to reduce costs, automate, and easily take advantage of their data. Regardless of your reason to migrate to the cloud, our breadth of expertise means you have access to our world-class support before, during, and after your cloud migration.

Fig: Cloud migration experience with Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform

We offer unmatched cloud migration experience with:

  • Application reengineering wherever is required.
  • Containerize applications to decrease app release time.
  • Implement DevOps to integrate your development and operations.
  • Mix public and private cloud to offer hybrid cloud.

Get in touch with us for hassle-free cloud migration.

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About Parkar Consulting & Labs

At Parkar, we revolutionize how great software is built. Our vision is to be a catalyst for customer success by harnessing the unlimited passion of our people and innovation.

Our expertise in Cloud and Data technologies has enabled over 50+ corporations to deliver better customer experiences and lower their business costs.

Powered by our NexGen Cloud Platform, customers unlock the power of technology to accelerate solutions in Application Engineering and AIOps

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What is Hybrid Cloud and Why Your Business Should Care about it?

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The architecture of a hybrid cloud allows businesses to have a balanced solution between a private cloud or an on-premise environment and a public cloud.

A hybrid cloud is the right solution for companies that need substantial agility. Primarily, companies serving a diverse client base having separate security, processing, and regulatory needs. The hybrid cloud enables you to run SaaS solutions that can be used on secure private networks.

Businesses that want to leverage the benefits of both public and private clouds can go for a hybrid cloud setup. Moreover, you are not locked to a single vendor with a hybrid cloud. As your setup will already be divided between two systems, it will be simple to migrate to a different public cloud when an advanced model enters the market.

Let’s look at some interesting hybrid cloud statistics:

  • 83% of the tasks were virtualized.
  • 60% of big businesses ran VMs in the public cloud
  • 65% of businesses are having hybrid cloud strategies.

This blog discusses the essence of hybrid cloud architecture and how it helps businesses to grow.

What is a Hybrid Cloud?

A hybrid cloud includes links between public and private clouds. Technically, its an infrastructure where the private (on-premise) cloud is managed by the user, and the public cloud is managed by the third party. Although both clouds are bound to remain together, they stay as unique entities. It enables a hybrid cloud to offer multiple deployment models at the same time. Sometimes the connections between two infrastructures are complicated and sometimes they are simple. For example, sometimes one hybrid cloud gives only a connection between the public and on-premise cloud.

What is Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure?

A common hybrid cloud enables private access to the service provider of the public cloud such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. The architecture of the hybrid cloud varies based on business needs. However, the underlying infrastructure remains the same. In the below infographic, we are discussing how hybrid cloud infrastructure works:

Image courtesy: TechTarget

In this image, the user facilities are the business houses that want to adopt a hybrid cloud. They have on-premise data centers which are technical private clouds. These private clouds are connected to some public clouds. And the organization is accessing the data via a corporate VPN. When we talk about the private cloud, the data is kept in the utmost security and sensitive (data). In this hybrid cloud infrastructure, information can be accessed by the public as they are hosted on the public cloud. At the same time, the organization’s data is protected in an on-premise or private cloud. Additionally, the corporate VPN (Very Private Network) allows only designated people to access the information with respective login and passwords.

When do you need a Hybrid Cloud?

The primary advantage of using a hybrid cloud model is that it enables workloads and data to move between private as well as public clouds in a flexible manner as demands, needs, and costs change. It gives businesses greater flexibility and more options for data deployment and usage. If your business deals with sensitive data or information, the hybrid cloud is a perfect option to go for. For example, healthcare, finance, and intelligence organizations must need a hybrid cloud infrastructure to protect their data.

Parkar offers a hybrid cloud platform empowered with the Microsoft Azure components. We helped many healthcare organizations in hybrid cloud migration with a centralized repository further speeding up application development time with easy maintenance with optimum security.

Download this case study to know how Parkar implemented the hybrid cloud to integrate data in a healthcare organization 

Benefits of Hybrid Cloud

While moving to the hybrid cloud, businesses can bloom leveraging the following benefits:

  • Control: One of the prime benefits of implementing a hybrid cloud is control. Businesses can customize the private side of their hybrid cloud model as per their specific needs. Since a portion remains private, the IT team has complete control over the critical operations.
  • Speed: The hybrid cloud infrastructure is faster than the other cloud infrastructure as it can leverage on edge computing architecture. Businesses can offload not critical operations to the public cloud from the private cloud. It helps the private cloud to work faster.
  • Security: Data protection is a key challenge in any public cloud network. However, the hybrid cloud model assures optimum security to your business data. Even when the data stored in the private cloud is sent to the public cloud for analysis, they are sent encrypted. Since the IT team has direct control over the private cloud, they can manage the data access in the organization.
  • Scalability: The private network has its unique challenges. It is not cost-effective to maintain along with other infrastructure costs. However, the hybrid cloud allows businesses to safeguard critical data and smooth operation at the same time with the unique combination of private and public clouds. In essence, the hybrid cloud enables businesses to leverage the benefits of both the clouds in a calculated manner. The public cloud enables businesses to create new applications and run analytics. And on the other hand, private cloud assures data safety. Hence, the hybrid cloud is the most scalable network architecture.
  • Cost: At first glance, implementing a hybrid cloud seems costly for businesses. However, in the long run, it lowers down the IT cost. The involvement of private cloud saves the costs that businesses spend to protect their data against any malicious attack. It also saves the cost of migrating assets from one to the other cloud.

Why Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform for Hybrid Cloud?

At Parkar, we understand that modern IT infrastructure is hybrid infrastructure. We design, hand over, and maintain hybrid environments using leading cloud, container, or infrastructure. Our hybrid cloud managed services allow your workloads to run on private and public clouds with the necessary checks and controls. These controls ensure that your infrastructure doesn’t become a bottleneck for any process and consequently become more agile and scalable.

We create hybrid cloud infrastructure with minimal footprint, optimized for effective monitoring, control, and governance. Parkar assures scalable hybrid cloud adoption by applying the best architectural and solutions practices of Azure. And all this with minimal interruption to business as a key consideration.

Additionally, Parkar does many things to benefit the businesses besides only hybrid cloud migration.

Download this case study to know how Parkar helped to containerize applications with hybrid cloud migration in a legacy modernization project.

We offer unmatched hybrid cloud migration experience with:

  • Application reengineering wherever is required.
  • Containerize applications to decrease app release time.
  • Implement DevOps to integrate your development and operations.

Get in touch with us for hassle-free hybrid cloud migration.

About Parkar Consulting & Labs

At Parkar, we revolutionize how great software is built. Our vision is to be a catalyst for customer success by harnessing the unlimited passion of our people and innovation.

Our expertise in Cloud and Data technologies has enabled over 50+ corporations to deliver better customer experiences and lower their business costs.

Powered by our NexGen Cloud Platform, customers unlock the power of technology to accelerate solutions in Application Engineering and AIOps.

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Top 3 Ways To optimize Cloud Services For Small Business

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Are you struggling to boost your ROI with a costly cloud infrastructure?

Today, businesses are highly concerned about cloud optimization. It is a practice of the right selection of the right resource to an application or workload. Achieving efficiency in cloud architecture depends on many factors. Businesses need to balance their workload performance, cost, and compliance continuously in real-time to achieve efficiency.

Optimizing cloud is difficult for small businesses. Many times such businesses lack in having highly efficient IT operations teams. They are responsible for resource allocations. And they need work in tandem with the finance department which takes care of costs. In such cases, the small business can outsource such services from third parties. An IDC study reveals that by 2022, the public cloud service expenditure will hit $370 billion.

Only smart cloud optimization planning can help your small business to enhance application performance and reduced costs on the cloud. The prominent ways to optimize cloud services are:

Find Unused Resources

Finding unused resources is the smartest way to optimize cloud services for small businesses. Sometimes the server administrators forget to terminate a temporary server after performing some tests. The result is your fat cloud bill. Most importantly, identifying the unused resources should be the first step towards optimizing the cloud service.

Auto Scale and Assess Additional Features

Most times, the cloud service providers implement new features regularly. However, deploying new features affects existing cloud performance and increases costs. Hence, you need to evaluate the additional features before deploying them.

The cloud service providers offer you storage and computing resources as per demands. However, being a business owner you need to ensure that the resources are scaled as per the present needs of your applications. Sometimes, the cloud service package comes with an auto-scaling option.

Read here to know about transforming your app in 30 days.

Monitor Your Cloud Performance

When you migrate your application to the cloud, you need to think about the virtual server’s size. While deciding the size, you need to focus on the instance management. Moreover, You need to actively monitor the cloud performance with the right tools. When you do this at the right time, you can take the right decisions which are beneficial for your businesses in the long run.

Apart from the above-mentioned cloud optimization practices, at Parkar, we offer the following optimization services:

Why Optimize your Cloud With Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform?

At Parkar, we care for well-planned cloud migration and optimization with our NexGen Cloud Platform. We are assisted by a strong team of 50+ Azure certified engineers to help you

through the entire cloud implementation process. Our NexGen platform is built upon the proven implementation processes including planning, building, migrating, governing, optimizing, and managing your clouds.

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We simplify migration with a cloud-ready approach along with cloud orchestration. Parkar optimizes your cloud by reviewing your existing cloud architecture and identifying the gaps. Through the whole process of cloud optimization, our Azure certified experts help optimize the usage of cloud resources and:

  • Reduce the cost by utilizing the latest cloud services
  • Enhances cloud security
  • Automate cloud operations to reduce costs(Link to the case study)
  • Enable seamless integration capabilities with other systems.

Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform delivers cloud optimization for businesses of all sizes.  We work with our customers to optimize their cloud architecture with a fast, cost-effective, and zero business impact approach.

About Parkar Consulting & Labs

At Parkar, we revolutionize how great software is built. Our vision is to be a catalyst for customer success by harnessing the unlimited passion of our people and innovation.

Our expertise in Cloud and Data technologies has enabled over 50+ corporations to deliver better customer experiences and lower their business costs. Powered by our NexGen Cloud Platform, customers unlock the power of technology to accelerate solutions in Application Engineering and AIOps.

Call us at + 1 (844) 772-7527 for more information.

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Want To Step Up Your Cloud Computing? You Need To Read This First

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If you want to step us into cloud computing, you need to know many things before taking a business decision. Read this blog to know why the cloud is important.

Want To Step Up Your Cloud Computing? You Need To Read This First

Cloud computing is a key pillar of the digital transformation technology ecosystem. It enables the foundation for digital transformation projects. The cloud steers the scale and speed businesses need to focus on transformation; with a clear effect on the IT department role. According to 451 research, 90% of companies are already on the cloud. Also, a Logic Monitor survey reveals that the businesses looking for digital transformation are adopting public cloud and around 83% workload will be on the cloud by 2020.

A Forbes study says that businesses offering services are the leading adopter of cloud to pursue digital transformation and the healthcare sector being on the top of the list with 92% just after the financial sector. Digital transformation is vital for a faster time to market and enhance the customer experience.

When businesses adopt cloud, the organizations significantly reduce costs and improve scalability also. Moreover, the cloud ensures your business continuity during any crisis by safely storing the data in a protected location. Cloud has many types and various service delivery models along with separate sets of benefits. Hybrid cloud is a recent phenomenon that offers a combination of private and public clouds suiting to your requirements.

Read this blog to know how phenomenal a cloud can be for your business.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the practice of utilizing a network of remote servers that are hosted on the internet to store, process, and manage data instead of a personal computer or local server. There are multiple business benefits of cloud computing:

  • Reduces infrastructure cost: Cloud computing reduces your cost of system upgrades and energy consumption.
  • Scale your business: Cloud computing scales your storage and operation needs to suit any situation. You don’t need to purchase and install costly upgrades anymore!
  • Business continuity: Cloud computing protects your data during business continuity. No crisis can hackle your data as cloud computing backup and protect data in a safe location.
  • Collaboration efficiency: Cloud computing offers the next level of collaboration irrespective of locations and remote workforce. Anyone can access documents stored in a cloud server from anywhere at any time.

Moreover, cloud computing speeds up businesses with 360-degree horizontal and vertical scaling.  It also enhances the productivity and performance of any business.

What are the types of cloud computing services

There are three types of cloud computing and they are:

  • Public Cloud: When the cloud computing service is offered by third-party providers via the public internet, it’s called a public cloud.
  • Private Cloud: When cloud computing service is offered via a private internal network, it’s called a private cloud.
  • Hybrid Cloud: Hybrid cloud is a mixture of private and public clouds.

At Parkar, we understand the importance of a hybrid cloud in modern IT infrastructure. We design, deliver and manage hybrid environments with the individual cloud or container.  Our hybrid cloud computing services allow your workloads to run on private and public clouds with the necessary checks and controls. These controls ensure that your infrastructure doesn’t become a barrier for any process and consequently become more agile and scalable.

What are the cloud service models?

There are three cloud service models and they are IaaS, PaaS, Serverless Computing, and SaaS.

Fig: Different Cloud Service Models

Choosing the right cloud service model is critical. A right evaluation of your requirements helps you to find the right cloud service model for your business. Let’s have a look at these cloud services models:

  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS): It’s the virtual provisioning of computing infrastructures like storage, server, networking with maintenance, and support on the cloud. You don’t need to install any hardware and can opt for all these computing resources as per requirements. Some of the top IaaS cloud service providers are Amazon Web Service, Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure. Parkar is instrumental in offering IaaS using top clouds like AWS and Azure through it’s NexGen Cloud Platform. By using this platform, we at Parkar offered IaaS cloud services to many customers by transforming their IT infrastructure. We saved a total cost of ownership by 30% with IaaS.

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  • Platform as a service (PaaS): PaaS service model enables you to develop and test various applications for your business in a cloud environment. The virtual runtime environment of PaaS is suitable for enterprise software development. Moreover, the server, storage, and networking can be maintained by the service provider or the business organization. PaaS offers flexible subscription options to users. The Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform provides PaaS with AWS stack enables migration to Amazon Cloud. Apart from cloud migration and storage, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud enables users to use virtual machines to reduce your cost up to 50%.

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  • Serverless computing: Serverless computing offers auto-scaling backend services. Here, physical servers are used but users don’t need to worry about the infrastructure.
  • Software as a service (SaaS): In SaaS cloud servicing, a third party hosts the applications and makes the same available for you on the internet. It is suitable for small businesses.

Uses of Cloud Computing in Business

Cloud computing has multiple advantages for your business. It transforms your business by steering performance and saving costs.

Fig: Common use of cloud computing in businesses

The common use of cloud computing in businesses are:

  • Create cloud-native applications
  • Test and build applications
  • Store, back up and recover data
  • Analyze data to have intelligent insights
  • Stream audio and video
  • Embed intelligence
  • Deliver software on demand

Parkar Consulting: Your choice of Cloud Implementation Partner

It needs experience that spans industries, multiple use cases to help build an agile, cloud-first environment that streamlines with an organization’s business objectives. We, at Parkar Consulting & Labs, have established a partnership with Microsoft Azure and design custom cloud solutions suited to the needs of your business. We create cloud infrastructure with minimal footprint, optimized for effective monitoring, control, and governance. Parkar assures scalable cloud adoption by applying the best architectural and solutions practices of Azure. And all this with minimal interruption to business as a key consideration.

  • We assess the cloud readiness of your business and create a strategic plan.

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  • With Parkar NexGen Platform we help your businesses to set up best practices on cloud governance and security.
  • We make your business agile and scalable with hybrid cloud implementation.
  • We review your current cloud infrastructure and fill the gaps.
  • Our Azure certified architects and experts offer a disruption-free migration fast.
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Transform your Application in 30 days with 360-degree scaling to Avoid Crashes

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How many questions do you face when you plan to scale your business by upgrading your applications? How can you decrease technical debt? Which are the best technologies you can adopt? Is there any assurance that you’ll survive the pace with the industry changes? What apps do you rebuild new in the cloud? What will be the cost? And most importantly, how can you do it all faster?

Working with Parkar Consultant, you’ll have an expert partner to guide you in the apps transformation journey.

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Parkar works with you throughout the whole application transformation journey. The transformation journey starts with modernizing the existing infrastructure, development & deployment of the applications on the cloud, and ends with running the cloud platforms conforming to the all on-time demands & loads. We develop an ROI-based strategy to align with business goals and deliver a fast win. Moreover, we guide you with a 360-degree business scaling using avant-garde processes like hybrid cloud migration, containerization & microservices, and AI-driven automation.

Our app transformation approach includes:

Modernizing the Legacy Platform

The modernization starts after assessing your legacy and monolith app architecture. We create a strategy to divide your application into smaller parts by containerizing them. Each part is one container and we orchestrate them with Red Hat OpenShift. It allows your development team to manage the works of individual containers with an automated process. Further, it allows your developers to create new containers as per future demands with few clicks. In short, we transform your monolith architecture into a microservice architecture by simplifying all functions with greater scalability.

Due to this app transformation:

  • You don’t need to deploy the whole application for minor changes. Microservices enables you to deploy any change in any container independently without affecting the whole application.
  • Microservices deployment reduces your application release time from months to days. Containerization of your application helps with simple & faster deployment.
  • Container orchestration automates the scheduling or managing work process for individual containers within multiple clusters.

Cloud Migration

When you move to the cloud from your conventional on-premise server, you significantly reduce the time of application development. In general, the cloud infrastructure is highly reliable, scalable, and available on demand. There is no one-size-fits cloud migration strategy for business in general. Depending on the ‘type’ of your business we plan the strategy without affecting your current business environment with a feasible change management approach.

The common cloud migration strategy includes moving your data from the on-premise or local data center to a public cloud.

When you move your application to the cloud:

  • Your application runs seamlessly during high traffic.
  • A cloud server reduces your operational cost.
  • You can deploy applications faster with enhanced security features.

Hybrid cloud

It is a cloud infrastructure mixed with private and public clouds. The hybrid cloud comprises some amount of orchestration, management, and workload portability across two or more environments. These environments include:

  • Minimum one private cloud and one public cloud
  • Two or more private clouds and two or more public clouds.

In short, the hybrid cloud is a combination of computing, storage, and services atmosphere made-up of public & private clouds. Some of the benefits of hybrid cloud are:

  • Hybrid cloud saves costs by making an easy switch from one to another cloud.
  • It paces up your digital transformation journey.
  • It gives you the agility to change and adapt fast in the digital business.
  • Hybrid cloud is a major component of business continuity as it offers data insurance for all disasters with minimum downtime & cost.
  • Hybrid clouds speed up the Time to Market (TTM) by automated deployment.

Why Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform for your application transformation?

Proven Approach with Unique Attributes!

Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform is an unparalleled cloud platform empowered with cutting-edge technologies like Microsoft Azure, AWS, Redhat OpenShift, Redhat Ansible, agile, DevOps, AI-powered automation, etc. Collaborating with these technologies, we transform your applications in less than 30 days with 360-degree scaling.

Why Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform application transformation:

  • Containerization scales your apps by faster deployment and decreasing releasing time from months to days.
  • Hybrid cloud saves costs by making future migration cost-effective with tremendous scalability.
  • DevOps automats testing, releasing, deployment, and monitoring and significantly reduces the Time to Market.
  • Saved cost & time by automating the app development lifecycle and repetitive processes.
  • NexGen platform is a Polyglot platform that can grow with ever-changing technology.

Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform and Healthcare Industry

In this pandemic time of COVID-19, telehealth is playing an immense role in providing the best-in-class treatment in remote areas. However, some healthcare apps are not able to cope up with this pandemic time. The IT infrastructure is struggling to handle increasing traffic as during lockdown and isolation, people are searching for safety tips, health support, and remedies online. Some healthcare providers are struggling even to release AI-enabled chatbot to help people.

Legacy application and fast app releasing are major issues facing by the IT team of these healthcare institutions now.

Download this case study to know how Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform used Redhat OpenShift to modernize the legacy system in a healthcare institution.

Parkar is closely working with the healthcare industry to revamp the legacy system and reengineer the applications. The NexGen Cloud Platform empowers the healthcare institutions to release applications in days whereas it took them months to release the same, earlier. Moreover, this platform is empowered with cloud, containerization, automation, and AI to scale your applications both vertically and horizontally to avoid any crash.

Download this case study to know how the Parkar Data Management Platform used Microsoft Azure to integrate data in a healthcare institution.

If you want to transform your application call us today or request a demo. Let’s begin the conversation on new opportunities for 2020.

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At Parkar, we revolutionize how great software is built. Our vision is to be a catalyst for customer success by harnessing the unlimited passion of our people and innovation.

Our expertise in Cloud and Data technologies has enabled over 50+ corporations to deliver better customer experiences and lower their business costs.

Powered by our NexGen Cloud Platform, customers unlock the power of technology to accelerate solutions in Application Engineering and AIOps.

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Faster Time to Market with Application Development using Parkar NexGen Platform

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The last few years have seen companies revolutionizing how technology infrastructure is built and maintained, and how software applications are developed and deployed. These new-age companies have been the early ones to integrate their SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle)  with their IT operations and focus on Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CICD) of small changes, where teams design, integrate, test, deliver, and monitor software changes at speed, real-time and at scale.

Speed up Time to Market of your Applications with Parkar NexGen Platform

Time to Market (TTM) is essentially the time an organization takes to bring a product or a feature in the hands of its users and is often a very critical factor in determining its success. This time includes the time taken for idea generation along with the entire design cycle and development as well as its launch.

When you have better control over the development process, it becomes easier to plan the perfect roll-out for your product. While everyone agrees on the importance of improving time to market, there are still quite a few companies that have not upped their digital landscape. It is digital transformation that’s changing the game for most players out there and those who have understood it, are now looking for ways to empower their developers. The result is enhanced customer engagement and experiences.

Today, businesses face many challenges to speed up the time to market. Some of the common challenges are unplanned product development strategy, low market research, vague approach, waterfall methodology, irregular testing, lack of documentation, etc.

Speed Up your TTM with Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform 

No matter which vertical you belong to, you are always on the lookout for app development companies and platforms that ensure profitability, productivity and the fastest time to market. While doing so, it is important for enterprises to solve the pain points of customers and raise their ROI to leapfrog the competition.

For one of the major healthcare providers in the USA, Parkar got engaged in the legacy application modernization to help them respond to the spikes and needed scale.

This leading healthcare organization from the US known for its excellent services and quality care faced the challenge of data management. It had a large scale enterprise network it relied on for providing better services and creating rich user experiences. The expanding network brought along the challenge of monitoring and administering networks, managing traffic issues, and fixing application malfunctions.

Struggling with the legacy system and fragmented data management, the client was in the need of a thoughtful digital transformation to enhance patient care, treatment, day-to-day operations, and governance with innovation and seamless management. It was hard for them to maintain the legacy architecture while using analytics for secure data mining that further helped in collecting smart business insights.

Business Benefits:

  1. Boosted app release time from months to days.
  2. Ensured scalable & hassle-free governance for multiple applications.
  3. Strengthen the API security of the legacy system and third-party interoperability.
  4. Auto-scaled the deployment configuration based on real-time metrics.
  5. Established a seamless connection between physicians and patients with integrated flawless operations.
  6. Simplified and streamlined clinical disruption to offer best-in-class healthcare support.

Business Values:

  1. 40% reduction in time-to-market (TTM)
  2. 20% boost in  productivity
  3. 30% reduction in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO )

One of the ways to have faster TTM, a lot of tech platforms are coming up with low-code support. Low-code is a new software development methodology that facilitates faster delivery of applications and with minimum hand-coding. It is similar to an assembly line to software development. It frees up people by automating the manual tasks and allows them to focus on more essential tasks.

Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform: a low-code Platform  

A Gartner report says, “By 2024, three-quarters of large enterprises will be using at least four low-code development tools for both IT application development and citizen development initiatives. By 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65 percent of application development activity.”

ResearchAndMarkets.com predicts the low-code development market will grow to $27.23 billion by 2022, a huge jump from the current $4.32 billion.

Low-code application platforms or LCAP support rapid application development, one-step deployment, execution, and management while ensuring better productivity, reduced time to market and improved business process automation. Moreover, such a platform also enhances user experience phenomenally.

Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform, based on Red Hat OpenShift Platform and Ansible, is the Application development accelerator in-a-box. It’s a variant of Low-code application platform.

Fig: Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform

How to improve TTM with a strategic application development process?  

Collaborate 

The key is to have better collaboration between developers and end-users using agile methodologies. There is a huge advantage in doing so. The more you are able to keep end-users engaged in the application development process, the greater would be your chances of staying focused on what the business is meant to achieve. Only when you are able to meet business expectations bang on the very first time, you can reduce your time to market drastically.

Frequent prototyping 

There are specific app prototyping tools that empower developers as well as users to see the look and flow of applications as they are built. With respect to app readiness, this is important and it also ensures user acceptance. So every time a new element is added to the app, users can be given access to it to test drive and comment upon via a working prototype. Any changes required can be incorporated early on before the app is scheduled to move into the production phase.

Appropriate development and testing environments 

It is important for app developers to have dedicated test and development teams. Organizations can provide it by virtualizing their own development and test environments or use a cloud service. Virtualization is often preferred because virtual systems are faster to deploy.

Shared responsibilities 

When you collaborate with end-users they are often prone to walk away from the app development process after they provide their requirements. However, things can be way more streamlined and effective if users are as accountable as developers.

Usability matters 

It is important to maintain a balance between usability and features. While incorporating the best features and functions, usability is sometimes overlooked and may lead to a multitude of data errors. Development teams, therefore, should pay equal attention to usability and technical design.

Standardized routines 

It is critical that there is compatibility between the app and the software being used. The simplest way to achieve this is by standardizing routines so that they can be pulled from a common library for repetitive use.

Quality assurance 

Both technical performance and usability matter and can be best ensured by having quality assurance measures in place.  Inability to ensure optimal app performance leads to a tremendous loss of time in rectification and maintenance. Organizations would rather work on all aspects the very first time and ensure that the app does everything it’s expected to do each and every time.

The right testing 

Failing to check whether the app can handle all the transaction load before pushing it into production can lead to failure and major embarrassment. This can, however, be avoided using regression testing.

Prior training

Both users, as well as support staff, should be properly trained on app features and functionality. The support staff should be trained prior to the app going live so that they are equipped to handle all kinds of queries. On the other hand, user training will ensure a more satisfactory experience and lesser load on the support staff.

Let’s reiterate the key points here.

Fig: How application developers can help enterprises improve their time to market (TTM)

Grow with fast time to market via Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform

User-friendly applications are the need of the hour and the fastest way to connect with users worldwide. A modular design structure is what’s preferred but there are several other aspects too that need to be taken into account to ensure that the app is efficient and works well not only towards elevating customer experiences but also the organization’s image in the minds of its customers. Only then would a faster time to market be justified.

At Parkar, we work on a host of things to ensure not just effective app development but also a satisfactory user experience that just gets better with time.

Call us today to explore what we can do to create more synergy and tide over challenges in these very difficult circumstances we are currently going through.

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IT automation – Improving speed, agility, and productivity with open source solutions and strategy

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IT automation is a decisive step toward advancing the efficiency of any company. With fewer resources wasted on mindless busywork, the employees can divert their energy toward the forward-thinking initiative. Open source is the way forward for enterprises that are on the lookout for smart, agile automation solutions that put them on the road to progress and prosperity. Parkar with its NexGen platform helps such enterprises transition to open source with strategies and solutions that are sustainable for every architecture and environment.

IT automation: Improving speed, agility, and productivity with open source solutions and strategy

If we had to pinpoint any one capability that’s a must-have for a modern IT enterprise, it has to be automation. What’s even more important is that it should help scale, collaborate and rev up things. Modern enterprises are more in favor of using open source solutions and strategies for their diverse needs.

A classic case in point?

Red Hat’s Ansible Automation Platform. We’ve already covered it in great detail in our previous blog.

The key takeaway here is that everyone is eager to jump on the ‘Open Source’ bandwagon. So let’s look into the factors that make open source so popular.

The first choice of DevOps

DevOps teams absolutely rely on open source for agility and capability. Open source and DevOps in that sense are inseparable. Explains Chris Short, principal product manager for Red Hat Ansible, “Open source software and the processes and tooling around it are what necessitated the birth of agile and DevOps. Having the ability to edit and share code in real-time with the rest of the world (or only your internal teams) can be a significant productivity boost.

The folks working in these spaces are force multipliers in the right conditions. They focus on the tasks that solve the next series of problems the organization will face.”

With the power of open-source, IT teams find themselves more equipped to learn, automate and tackle new challenges faster than ever. Enterprises are keeping up with this increasing velocity of change by embracing agile practices. The landscape is dynamic and a lot that we are achieving today is impossible to imagine in a closed source world.

The majority of the middleware and development tools out there is open source. With DevOps and agile practices gaining momentum, the spotlight now is undoubtedly on open source.

A recently released Red Hat 2020 enterprise open source report where 1000 enterprise leaders participated has some great stats.

Most felt that the top benefit of having it was higher quality software.

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In this context, Red Hat’s 2019 survey findings are interesting too. According to the survey, 55% of respondents’ software was still proprietary and in a couple of years expected it to be down to 32%. 33% felt open-source software was so much better than proprietary.

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Be it for their operating system, middleware or cloud needs, enterprises think open source solutions offer the perfect fit.

Outlined below are the top 7 reasons why open source is a must-have for ambitious enterprises:

Productivity

Solving complex problems necessitates a whole lot of flexibility for developers and test engineers that are very rare to find in commercial tools. Open source enjoys access to a vast pool of practitioners who share good practices and code.

In a DevOps world where different teams come together for multiple projects that are often tight on time and budget, open-source solutions that offer free and flexible resources make a huge difference. It’s just what enterprises need to boost their productivity.

The faster resolution gives teams the edge to overcome limitations in their software development cycles that are posed by traditional commercial tools. Also, the fact that teams do not have to struggle with software licenses is an added advantage that’s missing in the case of commercial tools. This ensures better collaboration as all they need to do is download a free repository online and proceed to work immediately.

Independence

At the end of the day, enterprises want their DevOps teams to have autonomy and feel empowered enough to explore and experiment. With open source solutions, this becomes easily possible no matter what they are doing – whether integrating tools to build a toolchain or using open source components in their applications.

Cost-effectiveness

All those who are using open source solutions cannot stop raving about its cost-effectiveness in the modern software development scenario. Open source is ubiquitous – whether you are writing software to deploy it or already running software and supporting it.

As compared to proprietary solutions, open-source ones are less expensive and more competent. The biggest advantage is that they allow all enterprises to start small and scale up with time. This works incredibly well for enterprises that are budget-challenged (almost all enterprises work on tight budgets).

Using open source solutions that allow them to start small with community versions and then migrate to commercially-supported ones makes financial sense.

Flexibility

Agile and adaptive automation is just what we need for a flexible software development environment. Open source solutions make plugins and APIs easily available to enterprises to build custom pipelines for specific resources and requirements.

This, in turn, helps them build their own suites rather than depending on those being offered by a single vendor. Open source in that sense works for vendors as well as organizations. While organizations get to deliver software and how they need it, open-source help vendors deliver flexible solutions.

Basically, what an open-source strategy does is that it offers organizations multiple ways to deal with problems. It, therefore, keeps it from being blocked due to the unavailability of a particular tool or capability from a vendor and empowers it to build it on its own. Whether it is for building a project or a platform or testing feasibility or developing new skills, open source provides the much-needed agility and flexibility to do what you want.

Adaptability 

While high flexibility and cost-benefit are important reasons to choose open source, enterprises go the open source way for its unmatched adaptability too. So when low-cost, closed source, third party solutions give you basic functionality, open-source allows you to branch the source code and make changes that are aligned with the project you are working on.

So rather than being content with what the vendor gives, teams have the option of writing such code on their own to match the exact needs of customers or projects.

Better workflow

When it comes to inner-sourcing, an open-source strategy can save enterprises a lot of work. Teams are familiar with the ‘wait’ states they often detest wherein they are left waiting for others to approve or make a change because the application is owned by a different team.

Rather than waiting for those teams to assign resources and priority to do so, it is easier to let teams first complete the task and then use a Git pull request to have the code change approved by the team that owns it. Open source, thus, allows teams to add value in an expedited manner and improve overall efficiency.

Security

Open source has often been appreciated for its solid information security. Besides, the open-source community is extremely responsive which is critical for the challenging environment we live in. This has, in turn, helped address security concerns early on and fix problems as soon as they become apparent.

Lower maintenance cost 

Rather than writing an application and sustaining it yourself, open-source makes it possible to share the cost of maintenance among multiple parties. This is possible due to the community involvement open sources allows its users.

These 7 points are so crucial, hereby reiterating the 7 reasons why open source is a must-have for an ambitious project.

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Fig: 7 Reasons why open source is must-have for ambitious enterprises

Is open source strategy ideal for you?

Whether the open source is a good fit for your organization or not will depend on multiple things. First, you need to identify what problems you are trying to solve and the opportunities you are vying through this transition.

You need to consider open source solutions available to you. We at Parkar, for instance, have been leveraging Red Hat solutions with incredible success and strongly recommend it.

Our open-source NexGen platform offers you complete support and capability for your goals. You will also have to determine how sustainable the transition to open source is going to be.

Open source is the way forward for enterprises that are on the lookout for smart, agile automation solutions that put them on the road to progress and prosperity. Parkar with its NexGen platform helps such enterprises transition to open source with strategies and solutions that are sustainable for every architecture and environment.

If you think you are ready for open-source or want to know if open source is for you, allow us to help you take the leap. Call us today or request a demo. Let’s begin the conversation on new opportunities for 2020.

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Create, scale, and implement automation across your enterprise with Parkar NexGen Platform

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People, time and technology are the three key investments to transform an organization through automation. In essence, a true enterprise automation platform is more than just a tool. It delivers flexibility and agility to your IT organization and empowers it to solve the problem once, scale automation and then collaborate across the business with the right governance and policy.

In a technology-driven world of today, it comes as no surprise to see enterprises pulling up their act to make technology and automation the core of all their initiatives. The focus is therefore on digital transformation and identifying areas that can be swiftly transformed digitally in a fast-changing business ecosystem.

What enterprises need is quick decision making based on the streaming of data in real-time to keep up with the disruptive competition. On their digital journey, enterprises are finding themselves leaning towards deployment-centric application platforms and DevOps initiatives. What they need is automation at its best.

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Forrester Research predicted that “automation will become the tip of the digital transformation spear, impacting everything from infrastructure to customers to business models.” As per Forrester, organizations will shift focus from point solutions to more comprehensive offerings that will offer best-in-class features and also address integration challenges while doing so.

Ansible automation has been found particularly effective for ensuring greater agility and faster time to market. Both ITOps and DevOps have seen incredible results following Ansible automation. It’s time we delved deeper into the world of Ansible automation and understand how it’s giving businesses a new high.

Ansible automation business values

To understand what’s driving enterprises towards ansible automation, it is important to look at the business values it offers. These include:

Increased IT operational productivity across infrastructure teams due to standardization and automation of several operations processes and configuration tasks.

The figures look promising so to speak from the research so far.

Fig: Ansible automation business values

  • Faster deployment of infrastructure resources.
  • More efficient and secure application lifecycle management
  • $1.13 million in additional new revenue gained per year.
  • 68% faster deployment of new storage resources
  • 41% more efficient application environment management teams
  • 135% more applications developed per year
  • 25% more efficient IT security teams
  • 53% reduction in unplanned downtime

Understanding the environment

Operational complexity is increasing for IT infrastructure environments. The inclination to adopt multi-cloud, hybrid IT architectures, DevOps integration and deployment lifecycles, along with deployment of the container and Kubernetes platforms for production applications has put the pressure on the alignment and resiliency of these interconnected and interdependent components. Traditional approaches that were manual and script-based are clearly not working and modern applications are being deployed using microservices. Automation remains the answer to match pace with the changing demands of every business.

Says Padraig Byrne, Senior Director Analyst at Gartner, “IT operations are challenged by the rapid growth in data volumes generated by IT infrastructure and applications that must be captured, analyzed and acted on. Coupled with the reality that IT operations teams often work in disconnected silos, this makes it challenging to ensure that the most urgent incident at any given time is being addressed.”

Smarter organizations are setting sail for their digital journey with open source solutions. The Ansible community is playing its part perfectly in this journey with playbooks and roles – the reusable automation building blocks that can be easily customized and integrated to create easily manageable templates and workflows.

While trying to offer them rapid innovation, several open-source communities fail to offer them class support, testing, hardening or validation – all of which are critical in ensuring enterprise-scale capabilities. The more evolved ones, therefore, rely on Red Hat Ansible Automation for several use cases including but not limited to network, security, public clouds, etc.

A library of tested and supported Ansible modules, playbooks and roles ensure enterprise-scale operations, analytics, and security. The Red Hat Ansible Tower, in particular, is worth a mention and rightfully deserves to be called the centerpiece of the Red Hat Ansible Automation family thanks to the extraordinary support it offers for large-scale and cross-domain environments.

Some of the most prominent benefits it offers include:

  • An open REST API that facilitates integration with source control systems to maintain Ansible modules, playbooks and roles and also to help developers and third-party platforms integrate with Ansible workflows by means of API calls.
  • A visual dashboard for a multitude of tasks including creating and managing automation templates, generating compliance and usage reports, and connecting different Tower clusters in complex environments.

Fig: What you get out of Red Hat Ansible automation

Red Hat Ansible Automation ensures:

  • Log monitoring
  • Integrations with third-party log analytics tools
  • Inventory synchronization
  • More agile IT operations
  • Standardized infrastructure configuration
  • Robust foundation for DevOps
  • On-time delivery
  • Improved infrastructure management

Analyzing the impact of Ansible Automations 

Ansible automation is changing the way enterprises conduct their business. In an IT-intensive environment, enterprises are now effectively putting automation at the forefront of everything they do and scaling it more than ever before.

Says Thomas Anderson, Ansible business owner, Red Hat, “At a global level we have seen organizations choose Red Hat Ansible Automation not only because of the simplicity, scalability, and composability it provides but also for its ability to drive cultural transformation within organizations. We’re now working to make it even easier to collaborate across teams, helping to break down automation silos and embrace automation across an organization.”

From reducing downtime to cutting down on issue resolution time, enterprises are now able to ensure customer satisfaction in a lot of ways.

From a business perspective, Ansible Automation holds a lot of promise. Enterprises that have already deployed it have experienced huge savings.

According to Forrester, an organization has already achieved operational efficiencies and cost savings to the tune of about $1.7 million in a period of over 3 years with the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. An organization achieved US$1,321,364 in operational efficiency savings, US$389,707 in infrastructure appliance software savings and 94% reduction in the resource hours needed to recover from security incidents with the platform as per Forrester

Fig: Broad benefits to the organizations because of Automation

Broad benefits to organizations

  • Ease of applying patches that too with no disruption or the need to work closely with development teams
  • Release automation that ensures consistency and minimal errors at the time of release
  • Support of applications irrespective of environments saving resource time in the management of application configurations
  • The superior quality of applications that ensures less staff time for fixing errors and addressing issues pertaining to apps
  • Faster delivery of applications and services for greater efficacy
  • Improved business operations that ensure greater productivity and more revenue
  • Predict markets more accurately and thus reach the market faster
  • Faster compliance through standardization
  • Reduced business risk as there is lesser coding which often leads to extra vulnerabilities

The Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform advantage

With technological initiatives like cloud migration, containerization, and microservices gaining momentum, it is more important than ever for organizations to deliver apps, features, and services quickly and effectively in diverse IT environments. It can be overwhelming for organizations to deliver at this speed unless they have the right platform. Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform built on Red Hat’s OpenShift platform offers the necessary convenience and capabilities.

With NexGen, organizations can achieve the following:

Create – Organizations can codify the entire infrastructure and share it across environments, whether you are running on-premise deployments or the cloud ones.

Scale – Transfer automation across domains and use cases so that staff can engage with automation in ways that are most suitable to them while sticking to their individual roles without wasting development time.

Engage – SaaS-based tools make daily chores easy for everyone allowing them to solve problems and share the results with different teams.

Fig: Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform Advantages

There’s a simple checklist you may want to consider in order to transition to a more efficient automated IT environment the way all major enterprises have. It’s the kind of preparation you need for successful automation. Take a look:

Embrace agility – In order to usher in some high-level enterprise automation, you need to become agile and adopt agile methodologies and scrum teams. Having a dedicated automation team for faster deployments would be a good idea. After all, it takes quite some time for complete automation and even when you are through, there will always be new updates.

Create awareness – In the early phase, it is important to evangelize the vision. You need to devote the necessary time to sharing information and relevant demos within the enterprise so as to make teams understand the value of automation.

Begin small – It’s always better to take baby steps and not try to achieve too much in one release. Also, it helps avoid costs pertaining to trial and errors or costly failures.

Pay attention to DevOps toolchain – It is important that both development and operations teams are working in tandem and their thoughts are aligned.

Be meticulous about standards – Whether it’s your playbooks, roles or other things pertaining to automation, make sure that you adhere to standards to maintain clean, readable and manageable code. Often times, failing to have the right standards result in syntax and runtime errors.

Fig: Checklist for successful Automation

Start your IT automation journey 

Parkar has been helping several organizations, both big and small, enjoy the speed of innovation through reduced manual effort, and bring simplicity to complex IT environments. With its NexGen cloud platform, Parkar has been offering great business value to all.

Start your automation journey with Parkar. Allow us to evaluate your business environment and we can help you chart your course. Call us today to enjoy speed, efficiency, and savings right away.

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Why Is Everyone Talking About App Monitoring with deeper transaction traceability

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Application monitoring with deep transaction traceability is critical to business success today. Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform works with market-leading IT Ops and AIOps tools to automatically monitor and analyze every single user transaction, all the time. All relevant metrics, environment changes, and application deployments are shown in real-time.

A whole lot of applications that we use today are multi-tiered and operate using myriad systems. So there is a heavy reliance on those such as application servers, databases, messaging systems, external web services, etc. that makes it critical to have deep-dive monitoring for a better grip on your transactions and business so to speak.

We’ve already discussed microservices application monitoring in our earlier blogs. It’s time we critically evaluated it from a transaction traceability point of view.

Why is deep transaction traceability so important?

In an environment where business transactions set the tone for application management, an advanced ‘tag and follow’ approach across servers becomes necessary. It gives you visibility to see how distributed business transactions are being executed and also the necessary clarity to identify problems and eliminate bottlenecks.

There are solid benefits to tracking business transactions. Firstly, it helps you identify SLAs and secondly, it allows you to discover your application’s performance baseline. It helps you pinpoint the exact location where problems occur to troubleshoot them and improve performance. This helps reduce the turnaround time as well as downtime.

Today, all modern applications are multi-tiered and may involve JVM or CLR tiers but there are those that can have a single application tier too as in the case of Java/.NET. So when we talk about tracing transactions, we are essentially tracking down a complete log of information that details even the smallest interaction between application systems. By doing so, we give you a complete synopsis of the transaction so as to give you complete data to help you diagnose failed or latent transactions. Such a detailed record helps isolate transaction issues and remediate them immediately.

Tracing capabilities should, therefore, offer a bird’s eye view of the transaction irrespective of whether it’s a single-tier or cross-tier or multiple tiers.

Deep dive monitoring

Deep dive monitoring will further lead us to trace a particular node or tier that is slow and investigate why it is slow. Most platforms require deep-dive transaction data to arrive at more conclusive findings. With underlying infrastructure getting more evolved and complex, it is becoming more and more important to get end-to-end visibility of transactions that occur during regular operations.

As per a survey by Riverbed, 98% of business decision-makers identify the need to optimize digital performance as a crucial aspect of business performance, but the irony is that very few of them manage application and digital performance well. The survey further states that almost 80% of the respondents have pointed towards poor performance impacting digital services at least once each month.

In an era of cloud, containerization, bring your own device (BYOD) and modern application architectures, it has become critical for technologies to deliver uncompromised services to end-users and consumers. The truth is that great customer experience can be created only when you know what they actually experience during business activity. For the same reason, it is important to know their transactions with every application.

What we need is the ability to see and analyze them at any given time. The metrics and deployments should be shown in real-time and there should be no blind spots or gaps. Parkar with its NexGen platform offers pre-configured dashboards that display all relevant metrics giving a clear understanding of SQL statement and code level. This helps manage and monitor an entire application stack effortlessly.

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There will be many other things too. The key is to follow every transaction end-to-end and drill into services and components that are evoked with every user interaction. This helps analyze response times and the impact of methods and database statements on user experience. Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform helps you get a clear idea as to how you are using your environment so as to have a better grip on productivity and efficiency.

Deeper visibility

Isn’t that just what you need when something goes wrong suddenly and you have no idea what happened? Unfortunately, not all tools give you the visibility that’s needed to spot and solve issues right away. Parkar with its extensive experience has worked with a wide range of customer problems to understand what it takes to create sound solutions.

Just the way your physician would have no idea what’s wrong with a part of your body by merely looking at it unless it has the necessary diagnosis reports, an APM tool also would not be able to attain much without proper investigation and analysis of the root cause of a problem. For deeper visibility, it is important to follow every transaction across every tier.

Parkar with its amazing NexGen capabilities helps you achieve the following:

Let’s delve into each of them one by one.

End-to-end visibility – Be it CPU Time, Execution Time, I/O Sync, Total Time or Wait Time, it measures everything. The same goes for method arguments and return values without which it would be impossible to analyze. Errors and exceptions, database execution, etc. are other aspects that need to be factored in too in order to know what’s happening in your environment. The platform offers all of these promptly and perfectly.

Every transaction covered – Whether it’s one issue or multiple ones, you are going to need the smallest detail for a thorough investigation. Mere aggregations and samples are never enough; what you need is each and every transaction. Parkar ensures full coverage of your transactions- every single one.

Easy to share – Considering the fact that enterprises operate in teams, it becomes important that observations be shared. Parkar allows you to share and analyze the failing transactions offline.

Consistency in information – It is important that there is consistency in the tools used and information shared. This helps avoid any form of miscommunication. In fact, it helps strengthen communication ensuring that all teams get the same information and solutions at any given time. So whether it’s the production team or developers, you can rest assured they are working on the same data.

Probable root cause automation – The platform ensures that both DevOps and ITOps teams have automated workflows to enable faster Mean Time to remediate incidents quickly. Public cloud services are a good example of the use cases the platform benefits. It analyses patterns, old scenarios, proximity and linguist of alerts to arrive at the causes and thus helps enterprises save time and resources.

How transaction monitoring works

Supervised machine learning techniques are used to evaluate the workflow of operators and the feedback they provide within a neural network. Alerts in combination with this feedback become the basis of analysis of real-time data. Alerts are then categorized to differentiate the casual ones from the critical ones.

Fig: Immediate benefits of Parkar’s platform

The Parkar edge

When one of the largest companies in the consumer internet space approached Parkar to help them manage their humongous volume of customer helpdesk calls, Parkar was quick to develop a custom integrated solution with leading AIOps platform that relied on AIOps algorithms to correlate events and get to the root cause.

As a client that was hassled by the overwhelming number of alerts and tickets, siloed teams and absence of context when an incident took place, finding a solution that too immediately seemed like the obvious thing to do. For the same purpose, Parkar aggregated and merged different events by determining certain rules and keys. Parkar integrated AIOps platform with APM, NPM, CMDB and other event sources and developed custom scripts and runbooks as an immediate remedial action.

The results were tangible.

Summing up

If productivity and agility are what you are looking for, look no further than Parkar. The type of data may vary but you will always require excellent transaction monitoring capabilities to improvise user experience. Merely having a solution that tells you a particular transaction is slow is not enough. You need to understand the ‘why’ and ‘where’ too along with ‘who’ can fix it to understand the bigger picture.

Parkar extensive and in-depth experience can help you address challenges and overcome problems associated with app monitoring with deeper transaction traceability.

Allow us to understand your environment and infrastructure. Rest assured, the perfect solution is just a call away.

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