Diamanti Spektra Hybrid Cloud Management

Requirements of Hybrid Cloud Environments

As organizations today move from siloed cloud efforts to more fluid infrastructure approaches, the adoption of hybrid cloud has become ubiquitous. A hybrid cloud environment is a mashup of on-premises or private clouds, and multiple public cloud environments. Each platform plays a unique role in advancing the business objectives of a company competing in a hyper-competitive market. Hybrid cloud offers on-demand flexibility that allows companies to move workloads across different environments based on where they’ll perform the best. It also helps IT teams meet regulatory, budgetary, and security requirements and avoid vendor lock-in. For example, a bank can manage all its customer data and applications in a secure, compliant on-premises environment but can deploy its public-facing applications in the cloud.

In order to truly unleash the power of hybrid cloud, organizations have to address several challenges. Working in a hybrid cloud environment requires companies to ensure that they can seamlessly manage data and applications across on-premises and public cloud environments, thus raising concerns around portability and interoperability. IT teams are faced with several architectural and operational challenges such as handling dependencies between applications, managing authentication, authorization, and policies and provisioning of compute and storage resources across these environments. Organizations need a solution that can help them seamlessly deploy, expand, migrate and failover applications across hybrid cloud environments.

Diamanti Spektra makes Hybrid Cloud a Reality

Diamanti Spektra 3.0 is built specifically to enable hybrid cloud deployments and migrations with one seamless solution. It includes a number of critical new features designed specifically for enterprise and managed service provider (MSP) use cases.

With Diamanti Spektra, organizations have the flexibility to provision and administer multiple Kubernetes clusters hosted on on-premises or in the cloud and manage them from a single control plane. Using Diamanti Spektra, IT teams can effortlessly migrate stateless and stateful applications between data centers or between the data center and the cloud. These features allow companies to deploy applications to the most appropriate infrastructure driven by multiple factors such as cost control, security, performance requirements, expansion, high availability and disaster recovery.

Figure 1: Diamanti Spektra enables seamless deployment, expansion, migration and failover of applications across hybrid cloud

 

Figure 2: Diamanti Spektra Management Console gives visibility across cloud and on-premises environments

 

Diamanti Spekta gives users the flexibility to create or import bare metal and cloud clusters.

Figure 3: Create an on-premises or a cloud cluster

 

Figure 4: Option to adopt an existing cluster using kubeconfig file

 

Diamanti Spektra for the Cloud

Diamanti Spektra currently supports Microsoft Azure and will expand to support additional cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform in the upcoming releases. Under the hood, Diamanti Spektra uses Cluster API which delivers a consistent cluster lifecycle management experience across all the cloud providers and takes care of setting up all the infrastructure components.

Figure 5: Create a new cluster on Azure public cloud

 

Diamanti Spektra for On-premises Infrastructure

For on-premises environments, standing up a secure and performant Kubernetes environment can be difficult. Diamanti simplifies this with a complete solution that combines Diamanti Spektra software and a purpose-built bare metal platform based on powerful components – the Diamanti D20 series and Diamanti Ultima. The Diamanti D20 series of modern hyperconverged platforms consists of D20, D20X, G20T, and G20P with varying configurations of Intel CPUs, NVIDIA GPUs, memory, and NVMe storage. The Diamanti Ultima acceleration cards offload storage and networking I/O traffic from the CPU and provide guaranteed quality of service (QoS) to deliver consistent high application performance. This allows IT teams to deploy performance-critical workloads bare metal infrastructure with fewer resources and significant total cost of ownership (TCO) savings. Diamanti Spektra is available on Diamanti D20 hyperconverged infrastructure from Diamanti, Dell Technologies, and Lenovo.

Figure 6: Create a new on-premises cluster

 

Conclusion

By extending Diamanti Spektra to support hybrid cloud, organizations can seamlessly deploy, replicate and migrate containerized applications across multiple clusters running either on-premises or in public clouds through a single-pane-of-glass. All these features contribute to making Diamanti Spektra the trusted platform not only for stateless applications but also for stateful applications deployed in hybrid cloud environments. Diamanti Spektra truly helps organizations in accelerating their hybrid cloud strategy and empowers them to make application-driven infrastructure decisions for containerized applications.

When we talk about deploying applications across multi-cluster hybrid cloud environments especially incase of MSPs, isolation and multi-tenancy become a topic of prime importance. Look out for our upcoming blog where we will discuss more on Diamanti Spektra’s multi-tenant capabilities. To learn more about Diamanti Spektra 3.0, please visit the what’s new page and register for the upcoming GigaOm webinar: How the Changing Nature of Kubernetes Requires That You Rethink Both Architecture and Deployment