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Building on our first post of introducing the basics of outsourcing to Cloud providers, this next article explores a more specific scenario for outsourcing Cloud services in Canada, via the Hybrid Cloud model.

Canadian Hybrid Cloud

Part of the challenge in the Cloud industry is that Amazon has become so dominant they have become synonymous with the trend in the same way Hoover came to represent the object itself not just the manufacturers brand.

A key emerging theme is that customers will utilize a ‘Hybrid Cloud‘ architecture to consume these services. For example our partner Rightscale are offering workshops at the upcoming conference on How to ConnectYour Data Centre to Amazon.

However a key facet to note about Rightscale is that their management toolset can also work the same magic for other Cloud services including those based in Canada for example. Hybrid Cloud services can utilize IaaS from anywhere not just Amazon, and these can be more regional in nature.

This would be of interest to any one wanting North American hosting who has concerns about the USA, Patriot Act et al, although more likely it will be directly relevant to of course Canadian customers. We’ll likely see a trend of national Cloud markets emerge like this, and they too can be utilized via the same Hybrid Cloud strategy.

Rackforce – Canadian Hybrid Cloud for IT and Communications

For sake of distinction I termed this the ‘Canadian Hybrid Cloud’ and made it central to our Canadian Cloud Buyers Guide, and to illustrate the definition we can check out one of VMware’s leading partners in Canada for these services – Rackforce.

Interviewing their CMO Brian Fry, we quickly zoomed in on the fact there are two really quite different use cases for Cloud adoption – Web application hosting where all your users are Internet web browsers, or corporate IT, where most of your users are on-site staff accessing ‘heavy’ legacy line-of-business applications, they’re becoming BYOD-enabled, and so on.

Large-scale providers like Amazon are naturally a fit for the first scenario but in the second factors like network latency become more important and thus so does the geographic locations of the data centres. So also does the need for a more intimate and flexible customer service which again shines a light on smaller, more local providers.

The Hybrid Cloud design is still if not more relevant. Rackforce have coined the phrase ‘Hybrid Cloud for IT and Communications‘ to describe how the mix of services reflects this different scenario – It includes Unified Communications, Wide Area Networking and other network-centric services as well as the apps and hosting of IT, built upon a platform for both that leverages the Hybrid Cloud design.

With data centres throughout Canada Rackforce offers the matrix of services I described in the first introductory blog – From simple co-location up through a public Cloud hosting IaaS service, Rackforce can offer you a suitable Hybrid service model that you can connect your nearby data centre to.

This is achieved through the full suite of VMware Cloud products, from the core platform through to specific technologies like NSX for network virtualization, and vCloud Connector to build a secure bridge between the two data centres for secure user access.

Conclusion – Secure Cloud Applications

In short Hybrid Cloud services from local VMware providers like Rackforce offer enterprise customers the best of both worlds – Scalability and economics of public Cloud, but local support and solution customization.

It makes the VMware Cloud strategy accessible and also locally available – For example this list of apps offers options including Microsoft Sharepoint, the app required for the Canadian e-Health use case described in the previous blog, and so they could be used to meet those needs..

For Canadian customers suppliers like Rackforce can offer these to be secure applications both in terms of the relevant VMware technologies they utilize and their own security expertise but also through hosting of records in Canada.

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