Discover the New Age of Cloud Policy Management & Democratisation
Just a nice to have, or essential to ensure you are not spending more than you need to.
Unless you have money to burn, analysing what you have now should be the first step on your cloud journey.
The toolsets we use for this is a component of our unique platform that is used to build the administrative construct later in your journey, we typically recommend you leave this in place for at least a month to capture any cyclical trends.
Even if this is a private virtualised infrastructure, we can build a service plan model which will then immediately show the monetary ROI when our recommendations are actioned.
If the business intention is to migrate to a public cloud, then this will also provide you valuable insights about instance sizing.
Point in time audit is only as good as… hmm “that point in time”, certainly if you are operating a dynamic environment then it is prudent to continuously monitor your infrastructure to ensure that; workloads are running in the appropriate cloud, and you are not paying more than you need to for the resource.
Utilisation isn’t the only metric to measure though when optimising infrastructure, by its very nature public cloud is highly flexible and is designed to be able to support short term burstable and long-term perpetual workloads.
We will also continuously monitor all workloads and advise as to whether there are savings to be made by applying a savings plan.
In order to be able to make the best commercial decisions about where to place workloads, all infrastructure options need to be presented in a common format.
You are mid-way through a depreciation cycle on your current assets, the Executive team have given you a directive to adopt a cloud first strategy, and your lines of business have already started using their own public cloud accounts.
A cloud first strategy doesn’t necessarily mean jump both feet first into public cloud, we like to think of it more as cloud attributes, ie: what are you really looking for from this shift, and can you include your existing assets as part of this new strategy?
This is what we mean by standardisation, Inca provides a construct which presents your on-premise virtualised environment as a cloud, so you can offer it alongside any public clouds in a common format so that your lines of business can make truly informed choices
Once optimised, lets say your on-premise virtualised environment may have 50% available capacity, which as a business you will want to utilise before anybody spends money on external cloud resources. Our toolset allows you to set the rate for all resources available so in this example you would present your spare capacity as the most cost effective option until available capacity was consumed.
Guard Rails & Policies
If lack of experience gets you your first big surprise, it will be lack of a compliance that will continue to hurt most people on their cloud journey.
Public Cloud vendors are not adhering to the old business models, they will sell to anybody with a valid credit card. This typically means that the IT department is now no longer the only buyer of IT in a company, and spend can be at a departmental, or individual level.
So, policy number one should be “no more IT expenditure through expenses”, hand over root access to any cloud accounts to the IT department and bring them in as part of your control plane. The LOB can still have access to the cloud account, but now the IT department has complete visibility.
Policy creation and enforcement needs to be thought out carefully, too onerous, and you will lose productivity and probably staff, too relaxed and you will probably still have unauthorised expenditure.
Guard Rails and Compliance is best starting life as a document, and only when this document has been thoroughly discussed and agreed should it move to a continuous implementation, from here we will quickly identify whether it is too onerous, or too relaxed, and can adjust accordingly updating the document from the live environment.
We have seen this in just about every aspect of our consumer lives and get this right and you can shift operational overhead from the IT department, or MSP to the LOB or end user customer.
We believe the best way to deliver this is through a two-tier model, use the 1st tier to do the heavy API integration with the cloud vendors, and build the administrative construct, and use the 2nd tier to deliver a zero-trust lightweight UI to the user.
This gives you the best of both worlds, a feature rich market leading cloud management platform, where you expose only the features that you want to via our API framework to the end user.
End user still has the ability to self-serve, has visibility of all the services that they need to do their job, but have no visibility of anything that IT does not expose via the API.
One of the most common things we encounter when we first engage with a client around their public cloud deployments is the sheer frustration from Finance Departments over the quantity and readability of public cloud invoices that they have to deal with every month.
Add to that they may also have to reconcile ad hoc charges on the companies credit card too.
The strange thing is offering consolidated invoicing across multiple public clouds was one of the very first things that Inca did ! I guess we did not do that great a job of getting the message out there.
We can absorb all of your public cloud accounts and present you with one monthly invoice (on terms, or even extended terms if you desire, but there is a small cost for that). Our usage summaries are easy to read and give you a rolling six month comparison so it is easy to spot where use has increased or decreased so you can make more sense of charges, and anticipate future costs better.
Your users lose nothing but your Finance Dept have a lot less to deal with
Of course being in the cloud business we have a stack of tools to optimise your costs too but as a first step turning everything into one bill is always a good move
Inca takes a very different approach to your typical backup and disaster recovery partner that use traditional failover solutions… Instead of requiring a second site, or having expensive hardware sat waiting to be utilised, through our relationship with Redstor we enable organisations to restore data near instantly, by streaming access to data directly from the cloud, prioritising the files and systems which are needed.
By effectively cutting recovery time objectives (RTO) to near zero, organisations can take peace of mind that their backup and recovery strategy has them covered in the event of a full-site loss or, just a simple file restore or test.
Additional benefits of working with Inca for Business Continuity:
A cloud-first approach with no reliance on hardware
Smart recovery, with on demand recovery of any file, in an instant
A smarter way of working, with the broadest coverage of data from a single app
Unique antiviral AI that neutralises threats before they become attacks
Reduced energy consumption on-site and a lower carbon-footprint for backups
We Integrate With Your Ecosystem
WSO by inca is not a rip and replace product, it is an eco-system that we have built to deliver on the promise of a hybrid multi-cloud solution. We appreciate that there are very few “greenfield” opportunities, and most of our clients come from an IT background where they have been managing an existing virtualised infrastructure, using a myriad of products to deliver against the needs of the business. Naturally there may be good commercial and technical reasons to continue to use some of these, so from the outset we realised that it is imperative that WSO by inca is able to integrate seamlessly with these.