Enabling Cloud Capabilities Through an Enterprise PaaS (Cloud Foundry Summit 2014)

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Keynote delivered by Mark Seidenstricker, Infrastructure Architect at Monsanto.

The benefits of cloud computing are undisputed, but successful large-scale adoption remains a challenge for many enterprises due to the required shift in technology, culture, and operational models. This presentation will explore how we envision PaaS as the catalyst for a successful cloud strategy by enabling many of the benefits of cloud while simultaneously mitigating some common cloud adoption concerns.

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Enabling Cloud Capabilities Through an Enterprise PaaS (Cloud Foundry Summit 2014)

  1. 1. Enabling Cloud Capabilities Through an Enterprise PaaS CF Summit 2014 Mark Seidenstricker Monsanto Global Strategy & Architecture
  2. 2. Certain statements contained in this presentation are "forward-looking statements," such as statements concerning the company's anticipated financial results, current and future product performance, regulatory approvals, business and financial plans and other non-historical facts. These statements are based on current expectations and currently available information. However, since these statements are based on factors that involve risks and uncertainties, the company's actual Certain statements contained in this presentation are "forward-looking statements," such as statements concerning the company's anticipated financial results, current and future product performance, regulatory approvals, business and financial plans and other non-historical facts. These statements are based on current expectations and currently available information. However, since these statements are based on factors that involve risks and uncertainties, the company's actual performance and results may differ materially from those described or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, among others: continued competition in seeds, traits and agricultural chemicals; the company's exposure to various contingencies, including those related to intellectual property protection, regulatory compliance and the speed with which approvals are received, and public acceptance of biotechnology products; the success of the company's research and development activities; the outcomes of major lawsuits and the previously announced SEC investigation; the previously reported material weakness in our internal controls over financial reporting; developments related to foreign currencies and economies; successful operation of recent acquisitions; fluctuations in commodity prices; compliance with regulations affecting our manufacturing; the accuracy of the company's estimates related to distribution inventory levels; the company's ability to fund its short-term financing needs and to obtain payment for the products that it sells; the effect of weather conditions, natural disasters and accidents on the agriculture business or the company's facilities; and other risks and factors detailed in the company's most recent periodic report to the SEC. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements, which are current only as of the date of this presentation. The company disclaims any current intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements or any of the factors that may affect actual results. © 2014 Monsanto Company. All Rights Reserved.
  3. 3. Our Vision: Sustainable Agriculture A Strong Vision That Guides All We Do Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based tools and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Improving Lives by Improving Agriculture
  4. 4.  ADVANCED EQUIPMENT  AVERAGE CORN YIELD –300 BU/AC  AUTOMATED WEATHER STATIONS  FIELD SENSORS PROVIDING INFORMATION  ADVANCED IMAGERY TECHNOLOGY Doubling Yields by 2030 - Farming in the Future Will Be Increasingly Information-Driven
  5. 5. Why Cloud? PaaS as an Internal Cloud • Enable and accelerate Monsanto’s adoption of AGILE , DevOps, and Continuous Deployment/Release • Adopt a technology stack which is open and allows portability between a variety of IaaS providers (internal and external parity) • Increase developer agility and productivity by enabling automated self service application management • Keep the cost of entry low, buy vs. build Common Cloud Barriers Most enterprise software stacks are not cloud friendly. Agile development doesn’t work without agile infrastructure. Emerging technologies are hard to try out, and even harder to adopt.
  6. 6. The Journey so Far • Cloud Foundry & Bosh are stable open platforms with many large adopters – CF Public PaaS Offerings: IBM BlueMix, Verizon, CenturyLink, HP, GE – Although PCF is version 1.2, Cloud Foundry has been around since 2009 • Developer focused tool, and some admin and support capabilities are still maturing – Large adopters have built their own tools or extended the platform to fill in any gaps – Little monitoring/alerting, simple AD integration, IaaS provider specific features • Pivotal can provide a turn-key solution for PaaS – GUI’s, installers, 24/7 support, support for vSphere • Various activities of the application development lifecycle can be reduced by 50% or more. – Delivery, Operations, Release Management, Development – Early success story: “over a week to just a few minutes”
  7. 7. 2014 Q1 (CF 1.1) 2014 Q2 (CF 1.2) 2014 Q3 (CF 1.3) 2014 Q4 (CF 1.4) • Backup and restore procedures for CF • CF logging with Splunk • Multiple AZ support in AWS • Single click install for VMware •User authentication via Direct AD integration • Built in monitoring and alerting of CF platform components • S3 compatible object store PCF service • Multiple AZ (cluster) support on vSphere •Role access tied to AD groups • DEA placement pools •“Production” RDBMS and Hadoop PCF services •Single click install for AWS •Encryption of app data at rest? Platform Requirements and Pivotal Roadmap Full Scale Deployment Ready Does out of the box functionality provide basic “enterprise” requirements? Limited Deployment (Internal Only)
  8. 8. 2014 Q1 (CF 1.1) 2014 Q2 (CF 1.2) 2014 Q3 (CF 1.3) 2014 Q4 (CF 1.4) • Backup and restore procedures for CF • CF logging with Splunk • Multiple AZ support in AWS • Single click install for VMware •User authentication via Direct AD integration • Built in monitoring and alerting of CF platform components • S3 compatible object store PCF service • Multiple AZ (cluster) support on vSphere •Role access tied to AD groups • DEA placement pools •“Production” RDBMS and Hadoop PCF services •Single click install for AWS •Encryption of app data at rest? Platform Requirements and Pivotal Roadmap Full Scale Deployment Ready Does out of the box functionality provide basic “enterprise” requirements? Limited Deployment (Internal Only) You Are Here
  9. 9. Our PaaS Strategy • Proceed with an internal cloud foundry environment – Provide an internal proving grounds for cloud application architectures and processes including DevOps – Internal cloud allows us to mitigate challenges with cost models, security, and data classification – Shift from proprietary non-cloud friendly software towards open-source emerging technologies which would be available at an external cloud offering • Target new non-business critical apps which will run dev through prod on CF – Live applications serving meaning internal business processes – Gather real life metrics on improvements to various aspects of the development lifecycle (delivery, support, discovery, etc) to build a true TCO – Assess actual impact of existing known and unknown product gaps • Based on our completed assessment, proceed with a full scale deployment 2015 – Senior management commitment on cloud: Not if, but how – Vision to drive revenue through disruptive innovation
  10. 10. Thank You
  11. 11. Thank You (Yes, we’re hiring) http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-seidenstricker/3/799/541/

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