TierPoint, Cloudcheckr, Rackspace Tackle Cloud Optimization

James Anderson

James Anderson

The nooks and crannies of cloud efficiency can spell major opportunity for partners as they support their customers.

Four cloud experts will discuss how businesses can bring value to their use of platforms like Azure, AWS and Google Cloud. The “Optimizing the Hypercloud” panel, part of the cloud conference track, will take place at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, April 17-20, in Las Vegas.

Jo Peterson, vice president of cloud services for Clarify360, will moderate the discussion.

Channel Partners spoke to the three panelists: Heidi Munson, director of Sales at North and South America for Cloudcheckr, Alvaro Gonzalez assistant vice president of channel sales for TierPoint, and Lisa McLin, Rackspace’s vice president of North American channel sales and alliances.

The speakers shared their thoughts on the subject of cloud optimization, and we have listed some of their responses below. We edited the answers for length and clarity.

Channel Partners: What is cloud optimization?

Rackspace's Lisa McLin

Rackspace’s Lisa McLin

Lisa McLin: Public cloud is the primary catalyst driving digital transformation. As Rightscale’s recent State of the Cloud report stated, 92 percent of surveyed organizations plan to adopt public cloud as part of their cloud strategy. This is what will create the “Hypercloud Cloud,” leveraging the best of multiple clouds to optimize cost, application releases and speed to market.

Cloud optimization is the ability to leverage the best cloud for each application seamlessly. Rackspace focuses on leading and supporting our customers to this cloud-optimization destination.

Alvaro Gonzalez: There can be no doubt that cloud in general and hyperscale in particular have been a tremendous disruptor of IT. Sometimes this has made possible real advances in agility and cost efficiency, but other times, along with the use of hyperscale cloud, has come a level of complexity or misalignment that causes real pain and excess expense. I would define cloud optimization as a process of aligning use cases, workload needs, and overall business concerns – not just IT concerns – with using the right set of platforms in ways that provide overall improved value to the business. Optimization is finding a balance between what is most technologically advantageous, what is most operationally advantageous, and what is most commercially advantageous for the business.

TierPoint's Alvaro Gonzalez

TierPoint’s Alvaro Gonzales

Heidi Munson: Savvy enterprises have realized that managing a rapidly scaling environment in the cloud can be a struggle. Cloud management platforms, like CloudCheckr, can help simplify and streamline the process of optimizing workloads in a dynamic, ephemeral environment. With optimization provided by cloud management, organizations gain visibility and control across resources, with self-healing automation for critical tasks to keep infrastructure safe and stable.

CP: Could you name one area where cloud optimization can save a customer time and money?

HM: AWS Elastic Block Store (EBS) is Amazon’s most widely used cloud storage service — and with good reason. It is designed specifically for use with EC2, is suited to a wide variety of use cases, offers four different volume types, and boasts an extensive range of options and features.

However, it also represents a significant chunk of your monthly AWS bill. So it’s essential you use EBS wisely by striking the right balance between cost and performance, and eliminating unnecessary waste on storage resources. Best practices, such as …

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