Service Provider Summit 2022 Can cloud platforms be built on a turnkey basis?
“From the requirement to the design to the finished solution, you can have this in less than six weeks” – at the Service Provider Summit 2022, Yves Sandfort, CEO of comdivision, will present the construction of a cloud platform for cloud providers in a keynote speech.
The community of service providers will meet on June 2 and 3 at the Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt Gravenbruch for https://www.sp-summit.de / SERVICE PROVIDER Summit 2022. On the first day of the event, Yves Sandfort, CEO comdivision, from 16:30 – 16:55, explain how a cloud platform for cloud providers can be built on a turnkey basis. He needs to know, because his company specializes in creating complete solutions with easier migration, for example, to VMware Cloud on AWS. Comdivision helps from the analysis to the proof-of-concept phase to the migration and provides managed services. Of course, security must not be neglected – comdivision offers security consulting accordingly.
As an experienced architect, Sandfort knows perfectly well that technology is not everything – of all things, production and operation have a very special role for him. But what makes a platform for cloud providers? What needs to be considered in addition to a platform for “simple” companies? “The difference is serious,” explains Sandfort. “While ‘multi-tenancy’ is often a ‘nice-to-have’ in companies, it is essential in the service or cloud provider environment. The demarcation between customers is absolutely necessary. It must be secured with appropriate security technologies in such a way that this also withstands an audit.“
“The service provider operates an apartment building”
In addition, there are complex issues such as billing or operational operation with complex maintenance windows. “In more than 20 years, we have seen enough times where service or cloud providers fail,” Sandfort told CloudComputing Insider. “Often a design for exactly this business was missing. You can compare it with a hotel or an apartment building: in the hotel the rooms are only ‘rudimentarily’ protected from each other, you share more infrastructure. This is closer to ‘corporate use’. The service provider operates more of an apartment building, or even quite a lot, with very different tenants of the most diverse requirements.“
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Sandfort promises to get from the requirement to the design to the finished solution in less than six weeks. “But this requires a good hand-in-hand work with the provider and the strong will of all parties involved to implement this,” says the Managing Director. “While the design is still being worked on, basic installations and preparations for knowledge transfer are already taking place. The core design is round after two to three weeks, in parallel, the installation can start after about 1.5 weeks.“ This took another two to three weeks, followed by another two weeks for commissioning and basic training.“
The special attention of Sandfort – although even an experienced admin – is not only on technology. Of all things, supply and operation are particularly important to him. “It’s just not enough to offer a state-of-the-art as-a-service platform,” says Sandfort. “It’s also about how do I package these, what is my USP, why my offer vs. HyperScaler and competition?“ Most providers wouldn’t start from scratch, according to the cloud expert. “Accordingly, there are existing operational ‘best practice’ approaches, these must be tested against the new environment and in many cases adapted.“ This also includes good training, but above all tailored to the solution. “Manufacturer training often does not fit. I say this, although and precisely because my team has developed many of them myself.“
About the speaker
With more than 30 years of experience, Sandfort keeps asking its customers unpleasant questions in order to bring IT closer to business requirements. Such questions would be about:
- What real added value does IT bring to the company?
- How can IT actively contribute to company growth?
- Does IT withstand modern security and recovery requirements?
Sandfort believes that IT should not become an end in itself in the company. Rather, it can and must actively contribute to the company’s success by actively increasing sales and actively reducing costs. At the beginning, however, there is always the development of an IT strategy that is oriented to the company’s goals, meets the business requirements and contributes to the overall result.
The easiest way to solve a challenge is with a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy. “But whether these clouds are in your own or someone else’s data center, rented or bought, is irrelevant,” says Sandfort. After all, he knows them all: “My certification as a VMware Certified Design Expert – one of less than 300 worldwide – as well as other certifications from VMware such as VCIX, VCAP, VCP, from AWS such as Cloud Practioner and Solution Architect or from Microsoft and Cisco help me to accompany companies independently,” says Sandfort.