Multi-Cloud Management with OpenShift, Cloud Foundry, Mirantis, & OnApp

Written by: , May 17, 2017

Integrated Network Administration for Hybrid Multi-Vendor Cloud Hosting Solutions

As the major IT corporations and web hosting companies continue to develop their own proprietary cloud data centers & software platforms, there has been an increase in the need for new multi-cloud management services that allow businesses and consumers to administer cloud hosting deployments across multiple vendors simultaneously. Multi-cloud management systems can be installed independently with Red Hat OpenShift (which supports OpenStack, AWS, KVM, VMware, & private cloud integration), while other platforms like Cloud Foundry, Mirantis, & OnApp Cloud offer ready-made PaaS products with easy to navigate web GUI administration of multi-vendor cloud cluster server network resources. The use of containers on cloud web servers like Docker & Kubernetes increases data portability through full-stack transfers that preserve the production and development requirements of complex, database-driven web and mobile applications with custom code, enabling continuous software delivery with version control updates from distributed Agile programming teams.


Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.5 - Integration with OpenStack, Docker, & Kubernetes

For enterprise web hosting on managed public, private, & hybrid cloud platforms in support of large-scale websites & mobile applications, virtualization is used to replicate servers into cluster networks with load balancing and database synchronization to manage high-levels of web traffic. Red Hat OpenShift is a "platform as a service" product which integrates Docker, Kubernetes, OpenStack, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers installed with custom stack configurations for PHP, Python, Ruby, Perl, & Java. Development teams can use Git, Jenkins, and a custom-installed suite of development tools to practice the continuous delivery of web & mobile application upgrades to production servers. OpenShift 3 uses Docker for Linux container portability, application & database images for stack software configuration, and Kubernetes for replicating virtual servers into network clusters.


In managing web server clusters, OpenShift 3 builds upon Kubernetes 1.5.2 to add extra layers of security, storage enhancements, and stability in operations. Red Hat's programmers have created new integration with Ceph, GlusterFS, Google PD, AWS EBS, Cinder, CNS, and Azure for the dynamic provisioning of block storage in server cluster performance operations for custom app requirements. OpenStack adds an additional layer of network administration and server configuration options that can be used for multi-cloud orchestration, private cloud management, & hybrid cloud construction with multi-vendor resource support. OpenShift is available as a pre-installed service managed by Red Hat on AWS and Google Cloud, with other companies like Rackspace offering custom OpenStack & Project Atomic integration under managed cloud frameworks.


Introductory Video - Red Hat OpenShift

OpenShift by Red Hat (2015) - "Red Hat, Inc. the world's leading provider of open source solutions, brings you OpenShift Enterprise 3. The first enterprise-ready web-scale container application platform based on Docker formatted Linux containers, Kubernetes orchestration and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, providing full support from the operating system to application runtimes." Follow OpenShift on Twitter.



Cloud Foundry - "The modern standard for mission critical apps for global enterprises – supporting as many continuous delivery pipelines as needed to run at scale." Follow Cloud Foundry on Twitter.

Cloud Foundry - An Open Source Ecosystem for Multi-Cloud Orchestration

Cloud Foundry is a non-profit, open source software project that provides multi-cloud management tools through financial development support from VMware, Pivotal Software, GE, & EMC. The non-profit basis of Cloud Foundry is important as the framework allows developers to transfer applications between most of the major cloud hosting providers like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer, & Google Compute Platform (GCP), as well as private clouds in enterprise, government, or academia configured with OpenStack, VMware vSphere & Photon, etc. Cloud Foundry is based on software developed by the Open Container Initiative and Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which includes built-in platform support for Docker & Kubernetes. The Cloud Controller, Diego Brain, Diego Cells, and User Account and Authentication Server (UAA) scale to provide elastic architecture for web hosting requirements. Network monitoring solutions like Splunk, Logstash, New Relic, Datadog and Dynatrace complete the Cloud Foundry suite of platform tools, while third-party development companies continue to expand the solutions available in the marketplace with new modules, server extensions, & API integrations.


Kubernetes Software from Mirantis - "Mirantis Cloud Platform includes a pure play distribution of Kubernetes for enterprise-grade container orchestration." Learn More about Mirantis Cloud Platform.

Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP) - VM & Container Resources for Cloud Native Workloads

The Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP) is a pure play private cloud orchestration package that includes OpenStack, Kubernetes, Ceph, DriveTrain, and StackLight. OpenContrail is used to provide software defined networking (SDN) for hosting multiple domains and subdomains with unique server software stack environments on the hardware. Calico & Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) standards are integrated with MCP to offer layer-3 virtual networking for elastic Kubernetes containerized environments that can scale with website traffic. DriveTrain Lifecycle Management (LCM) tools and the StackLight Operations Support System (OSS) can be used in project management for mobile apps and websites that need to include continuous delivery with version control for software development teams. The Mirantis Cloud Platform is built with Docker support for increased data portability between cloud hosting providers.

Video - Multi-Cloud Orchestration With Spinnaker

Unified Platform VMs, Containers, Bare Metal - "Jakub Pavlik will demonstrate the power of one platform for bare metal, VMs, and containers with a big data application, utilizing Spark, Kafka, and Hadoop Distributed File System on a common OpenContrail-powered network."  Learn more about Mirantis.


OnApp Cloud Platform - "The public OnApp Federation brings service provider clouds, across the world, into a single pool of on-demand public cloud infrastructure – the world’s biggest public cloud." Learn more about the OnApp Cloud Platform.

OnApp Cloud Management Platform - Turn-Key Public, Private, & Hybrid Cloud Solutions

The OnApp Cloud Management Platform is one of the most complete and feature-laden turnkey software packages for orchestrating public, private, & hybrid cloud solutions. OnApp supports VMware, Xen, & KVM virtualization including direct integration with the Amazon EC2 elastic server platform. Multi-cloud management across distributed multi-vendor products can be custom configured in the DNS, compute engine, autoscaling, load balancing, firewall, & networking settings. The ability to manage multiple servers, storage resources, CDNs, VPS instances, & PaaS elements in one dashboard system with simple GUI navigation makes OnApp Cloud Management Platform a powerful solution for creating hybrid cloud network solutions from multi-vendor elements. OnApp Federation includes a marketplace where vendors can sell hosting space, data center services, software solutions, & third-party integration scripts to extend the platform. IPv4/IPv6 support, low-latency DNS servers, extensible CDN integration options,  an advanced web control panel, user management, & VLAN configuration options all combine to make the OnApp Cloud Platform one of the most popular software solutions for cloud hosting providers and enterprise IT administrators to develop custom data center solutions.


Challenges of Distributed Cloud Computing Systems - 'The multi-cloud architecture of the Supercloud uses the distributed cloud systems of multiple providers. This better ensures users have their data hosted in the nearest data centers for all providers in the system, not just the nearest data center of a single provider. As part of the Supercloud’s multi-cloud architecture, a security layer provides separation between the customer’s cloud and the provider-controlled cloud. This layer allows the Supercloud architecture to host user-centric clouds, or “U-Clouds,” which are specifically encrypted for each individual user, whether it is a person or corporation.' Learn More about Supercloud Architecture.


Multi-Cloud Orchestration - Supercloud Hypervisors & Continuous Delivery Tools

The size of the data center market for cloud web hosting and enterprise solutions combined with the complexity and speed of innovation in the industry mean that there are a wide number of similar software products currently competing for marketshare and mainstream industry adoption in the "Cloud Management System" (CMS) sector of development. Some of the other platforms that offer multi-cloud orchestration and data center management solutions with elastic cloud server support that can be compared to Red Hat OpenShift, Cloud Foundry, Mirantis Cloud Platform, & OnApp Cloud are:

The industry focus for DevOps in cloud hosting is currently on providing the infrastructure for the continuous delivery of software updates from version control systems and distributed Agile/Scrum teams. Two of the more popular solutions for continuous delivery on container-based systems using Docker & Kubernetes are:

Multi-cloud orchestration software allows large corporations, small businesses, independent website owners, and mobile application developers to focus on hardening the stack software requirements for programming language and database support on popular apps while preserving code portability across vendor platforms. Cloud web hosting companies and enterprise service providers can use multi-cloud management software solutions to save money by using turnkey solutions for elastic cloud deployment, hybrid cloud construction, or for sourcing hardware & bandwidth wholesale at the lowest resource costs from competing data center companies.


Video - Continuous Deployment of Infrastructure, Platform, and Application Services

Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP) - "A unified platform that can orchestrate and continuously deliver infrastructure, container platform and applications services across bare-metal, containers and VMs so you can easily leverage the benefits of containers incrementally as legacy applications are adapted to micro-services architectures."  Learn more about Spinnaker.

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