Today’s businesses have doubled down on the hybrid and multi-cloud IT models, for a variety of reasons, including application performance, data security and sovereignty, and regulatory compliance. Despite the assertions of industry pros that said that public cloud would be the landing place for the vast majority of business workloads, our IT business customers have found that environments encompassing multiple resource types suit their needs far better than a single infrastructure can. Hybrid and multi-cloud deployments offer the ability to achieve:

  • More consistent application performance and reduced impact of “noisy neighbors” in the public cloud
  • Enhanced application performance based on infrastructure tuning and improved network latency between private infrastructures
  • Easier deployment of non-cloud native applications in private environments
  • Better and more consistent governance over data, leading to enhance security and compliance.
  • Improved cost of ownership to run your critical applications.

In a 2019 survey of global IT decision-makers, cross-platform visibility, security, and compliance rose to the front of criteria most important when IT chooses a hybrid cloud provider.

Figure 1: Criteria Important to Global Businesses When Choosing a Hybrid Cloud Provider

In order to deliver on the promise of a robust hybrid or multi-cloud environment, you need the right provider. Many providers offer enablement services or platforms, but they differ in the breadth and depth of infrastructures, hypervisors, and operating systems their platforms support. As a result, hybrid and multi-cloud definitions and capabilities vary based on the provider offering the services.

Tata Communications, a provider of enterprise communications services and global hybrid and multi-cloud environments, has a presence in India, Asia Pacific, Europe and the US. The company serves approximately 5,000 enterprise customers and 2,000 service providers. In recent years, Tata Communications has evolved its cloud portfolio, shifting its focus away from IaaS and SaaS offers that directly compete with the likes of AWS and Azure. Instead, Tata Communications has most recently focused on developing a rich, integrated portfolio of hybrid and managed solutions that meet the enterprise’s needs for flexible, hybrid infrastructure. As a global network and cloud service provider, the company is poised for growth in the lucrative, in the highly competitive markets like the U.S., Europe, APAC, as well as in its flagship market in India.

At the heart of Tata Communications’ cloud strategy is the IZOTM Cloud Command platform. The robust hybrid and multi-cloud management and orchestration platform is based on OpenStack, and supports a broad array of multiple public cloud as well as its own private cloud infrastructure, hypervisors, and operating systems. While a number of platform providers handle hybrid management—or routine tasks that focus on the health of the environment, few have tackled automation of infrastructure services that need to be executed in a particular order to support an application moving into production – commonly known as orchestration. The IZOTM Cloud Command platform integrates management and orchestration for public and private infrastructures seamlessly, in a single, comprehensive platform. Tata Communications has built its cloud orchestration platform on OpenStack, which supports a set of standard APIs that make it easy to integrate or migrate workloads, or to split applications and workloads into a hybrid configuration among a broad array of potential infrastructures. The platform automates orchestration tasks for:

  • A variety of operating systems, including Windows, Linux, Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
  • Multiple hypervisor technologies, including vSphere ESXi, KVM, and Hyper-V
  • Public Cloud instances from AWS and Microsoft Azure.

In addition to the IZOTM Cloud Command platform management, Tata Communications offers integrated security to ensure the safety of your applications and data, regardless of where they reside. They also provide their flagship network connectivity along with it.

In addition to one of the most robust hybrid and multi-cloud platforms available on the market today, Tata Communications offers a suite of managed services to help your business be successful from the very beginning of your cloud journey. Because their platform can manage a broad variety of resource types, the Tata Communications’ professional services team can recommend a wide range of potential solutions to meet your business’s needs, both today and in the future. IZOTM Managed Cloud for AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform is the public cloud management service from Tata Communications that not only provides managed services for public cloud resources, but it also helps the enterprises to plan their cloud journey from assessment to post migration.

Their IZOTM Managed Cloud service offering can help you to:

  • Assess your current IT environment
  • Plan a successful digital transformation, at a speed that makes sense for your business
  • Assist with an effective, non-disruptive migration to a new environment
  • Streamline daily management and orchestration using its award-winning IZO Cloud Platform
  • Optimize your current resources while eliminating redundancies and rightsizing the environment
  • Provide a path to future migrations and technology upgrades.

Tata Communications’ ability to support multi-national enterprises is strong, and the platform they have engineered is more than worthy of consideration by global businesses. The seamless integration of private cloud, multiple public clouds, network, storage & backup infrastructures, and services up the stack creates a hybrid enablement platform that can meet your enterprise’s needs, both today and into the future.

For more information on the Tata Communications’ Hybrid and Multi-Cloud offerings, visit the Tata Communications IZO Managed Cloud webpage

Karyn Price

Karyn is a Senior Industry Analyst, Cloud Computing at Frost & Sullivan.

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