Vinthos – The next-gen multi-cloud platform enabling business agility and cloud computing at scale

Vinthos – The next-gen multi-cloud platform enabling business agility and cloud computing at scale

Revathipathi Namballa, Vice President & Global Head, Foundation Services

Business agility: The need of the hour

Envision a future where each of us carries our computers in our pockets. Hard disk drives are things of the past, and all memory is stored in the cloud, interconnected with the human mind for seamless interaction. Instructions are relayed, ideas are transferred, and functions are executed at the click of a button. The keyboard is merely an additional functional enhancement as your personal pocket computer responds to voice and thought simulation and instructions. If this seems like a segment out of a sci-fi movie, it is indeed. However, the fact is that we are much closer to making this a reality than you can imagine.

In today’s hyper-agile business environment, large and small businesses are embracing cloud computing and digitization. Access to data anytime and anywhere, operations agility, data management flexibility, easy scalability of systems to keep pace with growing requirements and changing computing standards, and access to fast maintenance and support services are just some of the salient benefits of cloud computing. Cloud computing has seen tremendous progress, and multiple offerings have arrived on the market in recent years. Yet, there is no single platform that caters to all the needs of the growing modern enterprise. Most organizations want to retain some data in their local data warehouses while migrating most of their workloads onto the cloud. As a result, the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model has gained traction, with more organizations embracing poly-cloud or hybrid cloud strategies. The hybrid cloud market worth $56 billion in 2020 is expected to be worth $145 billion in 2026. Containerization has been a revolutionary concept in cloud-native computing and influences software development, application development, and modernization.

Meanwhile, data processing has evolved into a complex function with multiple sources, including mobile, social media, cloud, machine, and sensor data integration. All of these data sources have tremendous business value, waiting to be mined and monetized. Cloud is the cornerstone for next-generation data warehouses due to its many advantages. One of the critical factors influencing next-generation data warehouses is the emergence of these in the cloud, popularly referred to as data warehouse-as-a-service (DWaaS).

The challenge to achieving agility

The market is flooded with intelligent solutions and offerings from leading industry players, including Anthos from GCP (Google Cloud Platform), AWS (Amazon Web Services), and Microsoft Azure. These solutions address enterprises’ limitations in migrating petabytes of data from their datacenters onto the cloud. However, the fast-evolving parameters and complex interdependencies between various applications, data warehouses, data centers, cloud platforms, and solution providers have made it challenging to achieve agility. The surge in multi-cloud environments with many elements and moving parts have made it extremely difficult for organizations to successfully monitor, manage, and scale their workloads in the cloud.

The quest for the optimal latency for business transactions has driven massive legacy modernization projects, leading to the proliferation of cloud-native initiatives. However, in the current state, most large enterprises are simply leveraging cloud-native ecosystems for stateless applications that already provide an enhanced user experience. Cloud-native ecosystems can be tremendously improved by enabling stateful applications within the ecosystem.

The problem of data gravity has prevented the widespread adoption of stateful applications. Unlike virtual machine environments that have evolved over decades, the container space cannot host large monolithic databases that require stringent recovery point objective (RPO)/recovery time objective (RTO) with associated data portability across on-premises and cloud realms.

The challenges are many, including dealing with legacy systems and monolithic structures in data centers and choosing between selected migration-ready applications or deploying workloads on multiple clouds while dealing with skill shortages in maintaining and managing these workloads. Cost is also a critical consideration as most of these solutions drive up operational expenses (OpEx) and add unexpected expenses at the enterprise level.

Addressing the value stream

Zensar has built Vinthos, a 360-degree hybrid, managed applications platform that supports a multi-cloud environment for enterprise customers. Vinthos, a multi-cloud offering, has the potential to redefine the existing cloud-native ecosystem by enabling true interconnectivity between the service providers, the managed services providers, and system integrators – all at the click of a button.

Vinthos is a step toward integrating the complete network of solutions enabling cloud computing and working seamlessly with cloud service providers, exchanging information, ideas, thoughts, visions, directions, and discussing the way forward. Vinthos brings us a step closer to interconnecting millions of computers using a single network facilitated through a single platform.

Vinthos has built-in AI capabilities to identify and monitor assets that can be migrated onto any cloud platform, including GCP and AWS, and segregate those retained in the local on-premises datacenter. Container-enabled infrastructure is the buzzword among customers. International Data Corporation (IDC) expects the installed base of container instances to grow at a 62.1 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2023. Vinthos makes it possible to seamlessly convert traditional workloads into containers, including those operating on a bare-metal without a hypervisor. It can migrate them onto GCP or AWS and establish a secure, robust three-way connection between private cloud, AWS, and GCP for unhindered connectivity and data exchange. Not only does Vinthos enable organizations to identify, migrate, and manage the workloads, but it also supports easy auto-configuration of the Anthos environment at the click of a button by leveraging the built-in automated scripts that help establish connectivity. The Vinthos framework auto-detects workloads, auto-configures, monitors, and manages the workloads. The framework is also loaded with a heuristics engine that autodetects and rectifies maintenance issues and errors with the workloads.

Vinthos also solves the ubiquitous data gravity problem by bringing time-tested continuous data portability in the container space and introducing the most avant-garde capability of instantly porting any data at any scale across any cloud in less than 40 seconds.

To grow, connect, sustain, collaborate, and communicate with organizations into cloud computing, Zensar has partnered with several industry-leading organizations and solution providers, including VMware, Nutanix, GCP, AWS, and Microsoft Azure.

Most enterprises consider many cloud-native projects lagging because there is no easy way to convert monolithic applications into cloud-native microservices. With Vinthos, Zensar has enabled the accelerator for one-click conversion of any monolithic virtual machine (VM) into containers across any on-premises or cloud destinations. This use case has helped many enterprises decommission their traditional data centers and migrate to the cloud just before data center contract renewal. They can modernize at leisure while on the cloud.

Vinthos is designed to deliver the elusive combination that managed Kubernetes platform with built-in data gravity accelerators and one-click container conversion enables organizations. Further, it helps organizations realize the goal of the next-generation multi-cloud digital operating model for microservices.

Winning with Vinthos

Soon, being agile will determine how you perform against your competition. Businesses that are lean and agile will make higher profits, sustain, and ensure employee engagement while gaining more customers in the long run. Enterprises that provide their customers with innovative, sustainable, competitive, and business-appropriate solutions will thrive. The winning factors in a digitized world dominated by a multi-cloud, hybrid environment will be scalability, ease of operations, and customer-centric solutions. Vinthos can make all the difference by helping organizations fortify their relevance into the next decade.

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