With the easy availability of public cloud services, many larger enterprises have significant “shadow IT” expense in addition to the cost of supporting existing internal infrastructure. Industry analysts advise companies spending a lot of money on the public cloud to consider more cost-effective ways to run workloads. Depending on company size, around $7,000 on public cloud spend is enough to start exploring other options, including going in-house.
Organizations with significant experience have documented the differences in costs, demonstrating that private clouds can be up to 70% cheaper than public clouds. The secret? Operational costs are far and away the biggest in running a private cloud, not hardware or power or cooling.
That’s why Platform9 is a managed service (SaaS). It’s simply the most efficient way to run any private cloud, because it reduces your OpEx maintenance costs to $0. Platform9 deploys, monitors, troubleshoots and seamlessly updates your private cloud, so you can rest assured you’ve got the most advanced private cloud management at the lowest possible operational cost, for today and years to come.
The public cloud leverages commodity servers, running Linux-based virtualization or container technologies. For your private cloud to be most cost-competitive, you can easily do the same. Platform9 is the easiest way to leverage ‘free’ Linux/KVM running on commodity servers, with minimal Linux experience required.
Not all workloads need the bells and whistles VMware vSphere provides, yet many IT teams pay top dollar to license it across the data center. Renewal costs for VMware ELAs often add unnecessary pressure to a constrained IT budget, leading many CIOs to mandate introducing a second hypervisor, both to reduce reliance on VMware and take advantage of lower-cost commodity or open source technology. Platform9 helps you optimize your VMware investments in a several ways:
Leverage more affordable vSphere SKUs such as vSphere Enterprise or vSphere Standard, while automating and orchestrating this infrastructure with Platform9 Managed OpenStack for vSphere. Compared to vRealize Automation Center, this combinations provides a more modern, AWS-like cloud platform and more than 80% savings in cost. This approach appeals to those committed to an all-VMware infrastructure.
Platform9 fully supports both VMware vSphere and KVM as the underlying hypervisor. You can choose to use your existing VMware environment as a Platform9 region, then add new capacity with a separate region that uses lower-cost KVM as the underlying hypervisor. Your users and API clients will not see a difference and you have a true single pane of glass.
For the biggest cost savings, or if your applications do not need the high-availability (HA) capabilities of the vSphere platform, migrating your workloads to KVM altogether is a viable solution. Platform9 fully supports the migration process and workload performance after migration.