EMC has announced the latest addition to its cloud portfolio, Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) – a turnkey platform for cloud-native application development and deployment. As a fully integrated and engineered cloud platform, NHC would enable enterprises to innovate and scale faster.
The new cloud platform would help enterprise IT and operations teams to better collaborate with developers, allowing for rapid application development and delivery while providing the needed protection, controls and insight to IT.
In today’s dynamically changing digital economy, rapid application development and shortened release cycles are the new normal. DevOps, leveraging continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD), can provide a competitive edge, but shifting to DevOps would be difficult without the right development platform and tools. Cloud-native platforms address this need.
Cloud-native refers to a new software architecture that would enable agile application development that follows cloud-native principles, a shift toward microservices versus monolithic app stacks, and embrace container infrastructure abstraction models.
EMC’s Native Hybrid Cloud includes the following components, all validated to work together:
- Continuous Innovation Cloud-Native Platform – Native Hybrid Cloud leverages Pivotal Cloud Foundry. A cloud-native platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry delivers platform capabilities that would enhance developer productivity, enable operational excellence, and provide enterprise grade security, scalability, high availability, and operational control. Developers would be enabled to more quickly design, build, deploy, and scale cloud-native applications because of the tight integration of NHC IaaS with Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Applications built using Pivotal Cloud Foundry are portable and can elastically run on any cloud – private or public.
- Developer and IT Ops Services – Native Hybrid Cloud would bring developers a rich set of services for deploying, scaling, and managing the application life cycle while providing IT the visibility, control, and financial insights by including logging, monitoring, and reporting, showback, application performance, big data analytics, and management and automation through open APIs. For enterprises seeking real-time business insights, NHC offers an add-on option that produces a comprehensive toolkit for data scientists to perform big data analytics.
- Turnkey – but flexible choices for On-Premises and Off-Premises IaaS Options – EMC’s Native Hybrid Cloud is built on the VCE VxRack System 1000, a hyper-converged rack-scale infrastructure providing a turnkey IaaS experience for application development, deployment, and operations. The VxRack System allows customers to choose the cloud software stack based on their preference: VMware vSphere with FLEX Nodes for customers looking to leverage what they know, a turnkey OpenStack option for those wanting to leverage the OpenStack ecosystem with Neutrino Nodes. In the near future, VMware Photon Platform, a cloud-native infrastructure solution optimized for containers and modern applications, will be supported on Neutrino Nodes, along with data fabric options including, but not limited to the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. VxRack System with Neutrino Nodes would provide a simple rack-scale management and orchestration capability for cloud-native IaaS stacks, dramatically simplifying ‘day two’ operations and scaling infrastructure elastically to match the needs of the developers.
For customer deployments that require an off-premise IaaS option, EMC Native Hybrid Cloud offers day one support for leading public clouds: Virtustream Enterprise Cloud, VMware vCloud Air, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or Microsoft Azure.
EMC Native Hybrid Cloud with VxRack System with Neutrino Nodes and FLEX Nodes will be available starting in Q3, 2016.