Drones, Phones, and Clouds, oh My!
Last week Alliance announced that we are expanding our partnership with Canonical to bring Ubuntu OpenStack and training to telco, MSO, and enterprise customers. The Alliance team is very excited to be working with the team behind the clouds most popular operating system.
Global markets and innovation is moving much faster than IT can refresh legacy infrastructure. This rapid innovation is resulting in IT architects and engineers being asked to design systems today that can support unknown requirements and work-flows over multi-year time spans. To top it off, data creation is accelerating and IoT is just getting started. It is more important than ever for organizations to build flexible and agile infrastructure solutions that can be easily managed, provisioned, and re-purposed to meet the challenges of this new era.
The Canonical and Ubuntu community has done an exceptional job of developing an operating ecosystem that is incredibly versatile, laying the foundation for hyper-scale public clouds as well as emerging IoT devices and mobile phones. Our expanded partnership with Canonical allows Alliance to deliver solutions that leverage this incredibly solid foundation, and extend those solutions across the entire ecosystem with a common user experience, in a flexible, scalable, and secure way. Ubuntu provides a powerful, flexible framework that is powering innovation from the smart home and mobile markets, to hyper scale clouds in a secure, smart and standardized way.
Providing managed cloud services at the core of our cloud solutions will allow many of our clients to focus on higher value activities while consuming private on-premise cloud as a service. For others, it will be a short term proposition, allowing internal IT resources to become comfortable with the new role of cloud operator before taking control. This offering will make OpenStack much more widely accessible, providing an innovation platform that is fully managed at a starting price point that is significantly less than hiring a single OpenStack engineer.
Alliance has developed several optional standardized and fully optimized cloud hardware configurations that can be easily deployed. These solutions leverage best-in-class components and technologies to provide a solid initial cloud footprint as a single SKU for those wanting a highly prescriptive cloud from soup to nuts. This approach allows us to deploy a solid foundation, on which all integration points have been fully tested, providing a smooth and successful initial deployment. We feel that it is important to remove as much friction as possible from internal OpenStack initiatives, and that business units begin seeing value sooner rather than later. As organizations grow, they are free to add alternative compute, storage, or network components as requirements change, or as they become comfortable with cloud operations.
The technology world is rapidly evolving, and we are truly excited about how IoT, big data, analytics, mobility, and cloud are shaping the global market landscape. We will continue to innovate and strive to partner, design, and engineer solutions that help our clients not only navigate this shift, but to leverage it to improve customer experience, reach new markets and solve new problems.
“Technology Made Easy” is our motto, and this partnership and our approach is really about continuing to deliver on that promise.
VP – OpenStack Division
Alliance Technology Group