What Is Enterprise Cloud?
Enterprise cloud is more than a computing model where your business can access virtual IT services from public or private cloud providers. It’s a strategy for maximizing your cloud services and deployments. And it’s a game-changer for enterprises who need flexibility and scalability.
But moving your enterprise technology to the cloud is one thing. Setting your enterprise up for success is another.
Consider this your ultimate guide to enterprise cloud.
Here, we’ll break down everything you need to know to maximize your enterprise cloud strategy.
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Enterprise Cloud Overview
Migrating to the cloud represents a journey for many organizations. To overcome challenges, and potentially steep learning curves, enterprises need to map their cloud strategy to their business strategy.
According to the Gartner cloud strategy, this means figuring out how the cloud will work within an enterprise. This can help address the many challenges enterprises face — cost, security, and more. While aligning an organization it is important to weigh challenges with the benefits of innovation and higher development velocity. With more cloud experience, enterprises can reap even more benefits!
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According to the 2022 Game Development Trends & Forecast, 31% of responders struggled to move large files between studios. To deliver feedback to remote workers fast, enterprises start building cloud infrastructure to manage builds, helping to minimize the impact of shifting to remote. This has helped solve collaboration challenges.
Widen Test Coverage & Automate More
Cloud-based solutions can help teams boost test coverage and make better data driven decisions. In the 2021 State of Test Automation Report, 23% of test lacked resources for creating test automation. high-performant enterprises using the cloud were able to test more and build a strategy with data-driven coverage as opposed to a risk-based coverage, allowing teams to test more.
Maximize Open Source Software
The push to the cloud is fueled by open source software. According to the 2021 Open Source Trends Report, as enterprise cloud strategies become more mature, open source and cloud-native technologies like containers, OpenStack, Kubernetes, and more, have become increasingly important. In the ongoing pursuit for continuous integration and continuous delivery open source software like Jenkins, Ansible, and others continue to enhance DevOps practices and automation of cloud-native software development.
Improve Developer Productivity
Enterprise cloud technology can give developers everything they need to get up and running fast. In the 2021 Java Developer Productivity Report, only 24% of respondents were not using a Platform as a Server Provider (PaaS). Of those who did, 39% with went AWS, followed by Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.
Prepare For the Future
The future of software development will be in cloud. Start-ups now cost 1,000 times less to create than 20 years ago. Teams are not investing in hardware that needs to be updated but instead are deploying as their projects grow. The cloud will provide a way to orchestrate and automatically configure, coordinate, and manage systems.
Enterprise Cloud Providers
As your team develops or implements its enterprise cloud strategy, there are several major providers to consider.
Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the leading cloud service provider in the space and offers a broad range of solutions, including both platform- and infrastructure-as-a-service solutions.
AWS is a popular solution for organizations of all sizes, including large enterprises. Gartner notes that Amazon is an innovation leader within the space due to its investments in the engineering supply chain and development of new AWS compute, storage, and networking services that fit the needs of a wide range of customers. AWS version control is a popular solution for teams needing both performance flexibility and security to support their work.
But, with over 200 products carrying various levels of maturity, selecting the appropriate offerings for your organization’s PaaS or IaaS needs can be a challenge.
Microsoft Azure is used by 95% of the Fortune 500 and is one of the most popular choices for enterprises. This is in part because of the depth of relationships and trust in the Microsoft brand, as well as the product fit for organizations already relying on other Microsoft products.
While slower to innovate than other leading providers, Azure’s recent investment in operational database management and solutions has been very successful.
Learn more about Microsoft Azure in our blog, What is MS Azure >>
Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is another well-established leader in the IaaS and PaaS segment. The platform is quickly growing, and “closing meaningful gaps with both AWS and Microsoft Azure,” according to Gartner.
GCP is a particularly popular strategic choice for enterprises who need leading data and analytics solutions.
Learn more about GCP in our blog, What is Google Cloud Platform? >>
Most major enterprise cloud providers will allow some flexibility across deployment options. While private and public cloud deployments are most common, you may also consider a multicloud strategy or hybrid cloud strategy.
It’s also important to weigh the pros and cons of multicloud vs. hybrid cloud strategies.
Cloud Native Enterprise Technologies
Commercial open source cloud native platforms for the enterprise, like VMWare Tanzu and Red Hat OpenShift, make it easier for organizations to manage their applications, workloads, and business in the cloud. Among the litany of associated cloud-native technologies, open source options like Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy are often used to reduce the vendor lock-in associated with committing to a specific cloud platform, and to reduce the cost of going to cloud.
Of course, there are benefits to working with a given cloud ecosystem — namely a reduction in support complexity and the stability of a mature ecosystem. But working within these commercial cloud ecosystems can come at a cost. Whether that’s a direct cost, like licensing fees, or an indirect cost, like vendor lock-in, many companies are looking for ways to save money and become less beholden to commercial cloud-native platforms and technologies.
But working with open source cloud-native technologies presents new challenges. Chief among those challenges is technical support. Finding a dependable, third party support vendor that provides support backed by guaranteed SLAs (like OpenLogic by Perforce) can make working with the best open source cloud-native technologies a breeze.
Planning Your Cloud-Native Infrastructure?
Want to learn more about cloud-native enterprise technologies? Explore the options below.
Learn more about considerations for Kubernetes in the enterprise:
- What Is Kubernetes?
- OpenShift vs. Kubernetes
- Kubernetes vs. Docker Swarm
- Kubernetes Microservices (Overview)
- Kubernetes Microservices Architecture
- Monolithic Application Kubernetes
- Kubernetes & API Management
- Kubernetes & API Architecture
- Kubernetes Orchestration
- Creating a Kubernetes Cluster
Other Enterprise Cloud-Native Technologies
There are other cloud native technologies beyond Kubernetes. Learn more about applying these technologies in the enterprise.
Learn more about enterprise cloud orchestration:
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Best Practices For Your Enterprise Cloud Strategy
Adapting the enterprise to a cloud-native world can be tricky. Luckily, there are multiple best practices available to make the shift to enterprise cloud a smoother process.
There are four areas to consider when creating your enterprise cloud strategy:
- Documentation & Diagramming
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The first area to consider when creating an enterprise cloud strategy is choosing how to set up your cloud environment to meet your organization’s demands.
There are various ways to set up your enterprise cloud, from leveraging a composable architecture to using an API architecture for creating ecosystems of applications that are modular and reusable. You also need to consider a cloud version control tool that can meet the demands that come with scale.
It is also critical to bring every element of your technology stack into the cloud to allow for greater agility and scale. Mainframe digital transformation is one way to accomplish this, by connecting legacy mainframe technologies to DevOps processes, cloud APIs, cloud computing resources, and emerging innovative technologies.
Perforce Cloud options provide a great way to deploy everything you need with the infrastructure required to support large projects, big files, and all your team members. From cloud game development to semiconductors, Perforce offers multiple cloud solutions that help simplify workflows and improve build speeds.
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Security also plays a major role in a comprehensive enterprise cloud strategy. There are many software vulnerabilities to look out for when getting started, from sensitive data exposure to broken authentication.
The first way to avoid vulnerabilities in the enterprise cloud is by choosing a strong cloud identity access management (IAM) provider, also known as an IdP. There are various best practices to follow in terms of IAM, such as using multi-factor authentication (MFA) or auditing resources, users, and applications regularly.
There are also opportunities to ramp up enterprise cloud security while enabling team members to work together. Using cloud-based chip design and cloud-fortified apps, teams can rest assured that both the software and hardware going into the cloud meet enterprise-grade reliability, support, and security standards.
Another important consideration for a sound enterprise cloud strategy is moving your testing to the cloud. Testing in the cloud offers many benefits, from built-in support for various network configurations and authentications to overall cost-effectiveness.
Cloud testing also enables your team to scale in an unlimited way. The capacity of a test cloud is virtually unlimited, It’s a much better choice than an on-premises or DIY solution, which requires a lot of maintenance to scale in the same way.
Discover additional benefits of this type of testing in our cloud testing webinar >>
To make the shift to cloud testing, many teams turn towards a device cloud, also known as a device farm. It houses a wide range of mobile devices and browser VMs that teams can test on remotely. Device farms typically have both modern devices and older versions.
There are two ways to test in the cloud: with a public cloud or a private cloud. While public clouds are an excellent entry point for teams looking to get started with cloud-based testing, private clouds are more secure and customizable.
Many enterprises opt for a privately hosted testing cloud where they can perform cloud test automation. These automated tests are performed on dedicated devices in a real device cloud. Enterprises that want to speed up their testing even more also ensure that their testing clouds allow for testing on virtual devices as well.
Documentation & Diagramming
To keep your cloud enterprise strategy clear and organized, it is crucial to document your cloud computing services with cloud architecture diagrams.
Your team can use more simplified diagram frameworks like a C4 model to describe multiple systems. Such systems can include integrations such as the Jira Cloud or an open-source technology stack. or use other models to diagram individual frameworks, such as:
- AWS: These AWS architecture diagram examples cover everything from multi-tier AWS architectures to setting up Oracle’s E-Business Suite (EBS) with AWS.
- Azure: Keeping an updated Azure architecture diagram on hand can help you plan for and execute changes in order to stay ahead of your organization’s technical needs.
- Google Cloud: Solutions like Gliffy make diagramming systems like a GCP architecture and others a simple and efficient process.
Enterprise Cloud Success Stories
To be successful with enterprise cloud, you need the right tools and support. That’s why over 75% of Fortune 100 companies choose Perforce solutions.
Maximize Performance by Shifting to Cloud
For Game Studio, a developer of consumer games, arcade games, and smartphone apps for a range of devices, COVID-19 changed the way they needed to work. Specifically, an on-premises development environment simply wouldn’t cut it in the new normal.
They needed to switch to cloud. Perforce Helix Core was a key tool to cloudify their development environment — and maximize performance.
Find out how. Read the Game Studio case study >>
Accelerate Testing in Cloud-Based Labs
Switching to a cloud-based lab enables teams to accelerate testing and deliver high-quality user experiences. With a cloud-based lab, you can test continuously at scale.
That’s why world leader’s choose Perfecto’s cloud-based lab for continuous testing.
Here are just a few of their success stories:
- With Perfecto’s Private Cloud, Elevate Applications Work on New Devices & OSes Within 2 Hours of Release
- The Phoenix Maximizes Cloud Benefits With Perfecto Scriptless
- R+V’s Digital Journey Puts Quality First with Perfecto
- Top Bank Performs 300K Test Cases Quarterly in Cloud With Perfecto
Remove the Silos Between Cloud & On-Premises
Monitoring data from cloud and on-premises instances can be siloed. This limits your ability to make accurate, data-driven decisions.
For example, using Apache Kafka-based solutions — backed by OpenLogic support — helps global leaders remove the siloes and bring their data together.
Find out how one banking company did it. Read the full case study >>
Leverage Cloud APIs
Cloud APIs are essential in digital business today. But to leverage cloud APIs in the enterprise, you need a secure API gateway. That’s why Fortune 500 leaders choose Akana.
Akana helps enterprise ensure security and PCI compliance — and so much more. Check out just a few of their success stories:
- How a Fortune 500 Company Leverages Akana’s Cloud API Gateway
- How a North American Bank Ensures PCI Compliance For Cloud and On-Premises With Akana
Enterprise Cloud Solutions
Perforce provides a suite of enterprise DevOps solutions that help teams deliver better and higher quality products in the cloud.
Go From Idea to Innovation
Visualize your cloud environment with a software engineering diagram tool. Gliffy allows you to map your cloud architecture and tweak it as your projects and teams grow. Collaborate and share as your build your cloud solution. Start your free trial >>
Template For Speed & Scale
The Azure Linux images from OpenLogic are award-winning for a reason. They give enterprises a fully supported and Linux distribution to develop and deploy apps in the Azure cloud. Trusted by the Global 500 and beyond, these images are always up-to-date and help streamline cloud deployment. Talk to an expert >>
Transform With Cloud Native API Technology
Enhance your approach to building and running applications with a cloud native solution for APIs. With Akana, you get the same platform and gateways as on-premises, plus support for native cloud and other managed servers. Deploy your way on your cloud of choice and give your teams the flexibility they need. Renovate your enterprise >>
Turnkey Enterprise Cloud Solution
For teams looking to deploy in the cloud — without the headache — hit the easy button. The Perforce Enhanced Studio Pack contains the tools teams need to manage large projects, big files, and remote team members (plus you can try them free). Available on Azure and AWS, enterprises can customize and deploy in just a few clicks. Deploy your free tools >>
PHP Application Deployment
For those looking to deploy PHP applications in the cloud, learn how cloud images from Zend make it simply and consistent by removing the differences between how different operating systems and web servers work so that you can focus on getting your application deployed. Start your free trial >>
To succeed with enterprise cloud, you need the right solutions — and the right partner. Find out how the power of Perforce can help you accelerate innovation today.