RapidScale CloudServer


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Your servers, our Cloud, the best service in the industry. RapidScale gives you on-demand capacity with the best infrastructure tools and utilities in the industry.

The goal of CloudServer is to provide a flexible, standardized and virtualized operating environment that allows applications to perform at their peak without downtime. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) abstracts hardware (server, storage and network infrastructure) into a pool of computing, storage and connectivity capabilities that are delivered as services for a usage-based (metered) cost. Leveraging our infrastructure allows you to operate like an enterprise-level organization, no matter what size you are.

With CloudServer, you will also receive the benefits of Disaster Recovery. There are a myriad of ways to lose equipment and data, whether it is fire, theft or malfunctioning sprinklers. RapidScale’s CloudServer houses your data in secure Tier 3, Class 1 data centers that are mirrored and securely backed up. This gives your services the ability to be quickly back on-line and running smoothly in the event of a disaster. Our infrastructure resides in multiple data centers so clients can be assured that their business critical applications and data will be fully redundant in a different data center, making it easier to resume business as usual.

CloudServer has a pay-as-you-go model which allows you to scale up or down depending on your needs. Quickly seize new opportunities and get projects up and running with the scalability of our solution. When it comes to pricey hardware, you can save a lot by using our infrastructure and buying only what you use. With IaaS, eliminate the many negative aspects of IT expansion, especially issues with in-house infrastructure, while still receiving the processing power and storage space that you need to run.

CloudServer is based off of enterprise-class infrastructure at a fraction of the costs with 24x7x365 friendly and reliable support. We care about your business’ uptime objectives and security, which is why RapidScale has worked hard to become a leader in CloudServer. With your applications built into a private cloud environment that includes encryption, firewalls and advanced around-the-clock monitoring, they will remain safe and secure. Operate worry-free, knowing that you always have RapidScale’s support.
With your infrastructure hosted off-site, you free up your IT staff to focus on value-added tasks, such as planning and development, instead of running around patching machines and fixing bugs. Reduce risk, eliminate headaches and save money with CloudServer.

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  • So how do you get to the cloud? In this example, there are two ways to get to the same place. Path #1 is to look at the Physical/Virtual servers the client has and create an exact replica of them in CloudServer. From top left to top right above, this is the progression to create the virtual servers in CloudServer.

    In Path #2, we look at the Applications and their compute requirements. Then, we “build” CloudServers that match those specifications and build them in the RapidScale cloud.

  • RapidScale CloudServer

    1. 1. RapidScale CloudServer Meet the Next Generation Computer 8/11/2014 1CloudServer Training
    2. 2. #CloudConversation Compliance in the Cloud 2 Join the #CloudConversation We will be live tweeting during today’s webinar, feel free to ask questions or let us know what you think! @rapid_scale
    3. 3. CloudServer Infrastructure as a Service, IaaS: Delivers computer infrastructure - typically a platform virtualization environment as a service. Rather than purchasing servers, software, data center space or network equipment, clients instead buy those resources as a fully outsourced service, on demand. Definitions: • CPU: “Central Process Unit” The processor, the brains of the computer where most of the calculations take place • CORE: Refer to the actual processing units within the CPU • RAM: “Random Access Memory” High speed storage linked directly to CPU 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 3
    4. 4. Virtual Layers 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 4 Storage Network Compute Facility Hardware Layer Virtualization Layer Automation Layer Management Layer Orchestration Layer Administrative/Tenant Interfaces Layers of the Virtualization Stack IaaS Fabric Management Building a Cloud begins with building or renting space in a data center. Think of the cloud as “technology lasagna”. It’s built in layers. Unlike lasagna, you can buy some layers and rent others. But, we’ll layer from the ground up. Literally. So, in your “Data Center” layer you have: the land, building power, cooling, water control, security, access, landscaping, etc. It’s everything you need, except the computer part.
    5. 5. 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 5 StorageNetworkComputeFacility Savvis OC2 - Irvine, CA Tier 3 102,644 s.f. One story building Raised floor – 24” Cooling System = N+1 ASHRAE Std Temp and Humidity 12 MW Power SoCal Edison Power Power Feed = N+1 VESDA Early Warning Fire Detection Pre-action, two detection system Interlocked Dry Pipe Savvis DC 3 Sterling, VA Tier 3 78,671 s.f. One story building Raised floor – 24” Cooling System = N+1 ASHRAE Std Temp and Humidity 8 MW Power Dominion Virginia Power Power Feed = N+1 VESDA Early Warning Fire Detection Pre-action, two detection system Interlocked Dry PipeTierpoint Dallas, TX Tier 3 78,671 s.f. One story building Raised floor – 24” Cooling System = N+1 ASHRAE Std Temp and Humidity 11.1 MW Power TXU Power Power Feed = 2N VESDA Early Warning Fire Detection Pre-action, two detection system Interlocked Dry Pipe Facilities
    6. 6. CloudSecurity Data Centers: SAS70, SSAE 16 Tier 3, Class 1 • On-premises security guards, exterior security system, biometric system including palm scanners, and multiple badge security scanners with digital recorders • All cages secured and locked • Colo-hybrid customer only allowed with RapidScale employee • Keycard protocols, biometric scanning protocols and around-the-clock interior and exterior surveillance monitor access to every one of our data centers. • Only authorized data center personnel are granted access credentials to our data centers. No one else can enter the production area of the data center without prior clearance and an appropriate escort. • Every data center employee undergoes multiple and thorough background security checks before they're hired. 8/11/2014 CloudRecovery Training 6 StorageNetworkComputeFacility
    7. 7. 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 7 StorageNetworkComputeFacility Data Center Layer – Savvis or Tierpoint Network Connectivity Firewalls – Cisco / Juniper / etc. Switches – Cisco Nexus Servers – Cisco UCS B and C Series Disk Drives – NetApp SAN/NAS or DAS Hypervisor – Hyper V , VMware, Citrix O/S: Windows 08 R2, 2012, Linux * Customer Applications Compute State-of-the-Art Data Center Infrastructure: FlexPod Cloud Stack
    8. 8. 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 8 StorageNetworkComputeFacility Compute Security Transport/Access: •Cisco Routers & Firewalls. Citrix XenApp using 256-bit AES encryption. SSL Encryption at 2048-bit. Infrastructure: •Enterprise (Premium) or Standard Virtual Firewall or customer-owned device Storage: NetApp •Encryption - all data encrypted in flight and at rest. All SANS have SED’s (Self Encrypting Drives) Compliance: •HIPAA •PCI •Sarbanes-Oxley CloudOffice: •End-user password strength/resets
    9. 9. 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 9 StorageNetworkComputeFacility Client Access Local Area Network Physical Host 1 Physical Host 2 Shared Storage Fiber Channel Switch Fabric HardwareResourcePool vServer 1 vServer 2 vServer 3 vServer 4 vServer 5 vServer 6 vServer 7 vServer 8 Management Server Server Virtualization Database Network
    10. 10. 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 10 StorageNetworkComputeFacility Storage Disk Drives – NetApp SAN/NAS or DAS
    11. 11. Hypervisor Backup / Replication P to V or Zerto for V to V Virtualized Desktop Tool Set XenDesktop XenApp Firewall CloudPortal Services Manager Email, Virtualized Desktop Orchestration, CloudApps Engine & AAP Protocol Email Multi-Tenant Private, Dedicated Standard O/S RapidScale Platform Data center monitoring 8/11/2014 Cloud Strategy, Approach, and Tools 11
    12. 12. RapidScale Secure Infrastructure Customer Physical Storage VM Serv er VM Serv er VM Serv er VM Serv er VM Serv er VM Serv er VM Serv er VM Serv er VM Serv er Agen t Office Remote Users Your Applications. Our Servers. Any Device. Any Time. VM Serv er Agen t VM Serv er Agen t VM Serv er Agen t VM Serv er Agen t VM Serv er Agen t 1500 GB CloudServer 2CPU/2GB RAM W 08R2 Ent Role: USPHLMX01 - Exchange CloudServer 2CPU/2GB RAMW 08R2 Ent Role: RELIUSDBSVR1 Oracle Db CloudServer 1CPU/ 1GB RAMW 07 Ent Role: USPHLAGT01 Relius Agents CloudServer 1CPU/ 1GB RAM W 07 Ent Role: USPHLRLSW01 Relius Web Server CloudServer 2CPU/2GB RAM W 2012 Std Role: USPHLRDS TS, FS, Office Storage 1.5 TB SAN Remote Users Remote Users CloudServer Internet Connection 8/11/2014 Cloud Strategy, Approach, and Tools 12
    13. 13. Application to Cloud (example) 3 Physical Servers Virtualized into 10 VMs Total Server Size: • 28 CPU’s • 64 GB RAM • 2.7 TB HDD Becomes a CloudServer Bundle of: • 28 vCPU’s • 64 GB RAM • 2.7 TB HDD 2x2x50 2x2x50 2x2x100 2x2x100 2x2x100 2x2x100 2x2x100 2x2x100 6x24x1000 6x24x1000 Qty Device Role Sys Requirements 1 Domain Controller 2 x 2 x 50 GB 1 AD Server 2 x 2 x 50 GB 6 Web Server 2 x 2 x 100 GB 2 SQL Servers 6 x 24 x 1,000 GB Based on the System Requirement of the Applications, we add them all together to create the “bundle” above, then “slice” it up into the individual VM’s. DC SQL SQL Web Web Web Web Web Web AD That would create 10 Virtual Servers that would cost about $3k. We create 10 Virtual Servers in TotalCloud Migrating to a Virtual Server
    14. 14. Benefits of CloudServer 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 14 1Shift Focus of IT Having RapidScale manage your servers frees up your IT team to focus on more important tasks. Leave it to the experts! 2Simplicity Easily spin up and spin down servers at the click of a button. RapidScale’s portal gives instant access to manage and edit your subscription. 3Pay-as-you-Go Pay only for what you use! This eliminates over buying and under utilizing if you are able to pay for only the compute you need!
    15. 15. Benefits of CloudServer 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 15 4Scalability Need to add a new application? Easily increase your compute with a click of a button. Provision and de- provision servers at the drop of a hat. 5Multi-tenant Share secure server space to eliminate expenses. Sharing resources is safe, secure, and no one is able to access the other’s data. 6Reduce TCO Hosting servers with RapidScale allows you to reduce your CapEx and move to an OpEx model. No need to buy upfront assets, RapidScale has invested in the best technology out there.
    16. 16. Benefits of CloudServer 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 16 7Flexible With RapidScale’s easy- to-use portal interface, you can access your server information from wherever you are. Add, change, or spin down servers at any time, from anywhere. 8The Best Hardware RapidScale has spared no expense to invest in the highest quality, most advanced infrastructure. We only use the top-of- the-line hardware and software to keep your data safe and secure. 9Green Computing Eliminating overspending on unnecessary infrastructure, RapidScale helps to promote green computing.
    17. 17. When is this a good fit? • For new organizations without the capital to invest in hardware • When the organization is growing rapidly and scaling hardware would be problematic • When there is pressure on the organization to limit capital expenditure and to move to operating expenditure CloudServer 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 17
    18. 18. • Do you suffer from any performance problems within your IT infrastructure? • Would you like the ability to upgrade your infrastructure to enterprise class without increasing your CAPEX? • Are any of your servers nearing end of life? • How many servers do you have? • How many physical servers do you have? • Is any of the hardware due for an upgrade? • How many of your servers are Virtual? • What Hyper-Visor are you running? • What are the server specifications? (CPU, RAM, Storage) • What is your current server utilization? • What mission critical applications is your company running today on your servers? • What critical applications are you running? Such as: Exchange, SQL, CRM or accounting? • Does your organization have any Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan in place? • What Operating System are you running? • What happens today if a server goes down? • Is your organization strapped for capital? 8/11/2014 Cloud Strategy, Approach, and Tools 18 Data Gathering - Servers
    19. 19. • How many servers do you have on site? – Are any of them due for an upgrade? • How many virtual servers are you running? – What Hyper-Visor are you running? • What Operating System are you running? • What are the server specifications? (Core, CPU, RAM) • What critical applications are you running? (Exchange, SQL, CRM, Accounting) • How many virtual hosts do you have and are you using VMware or Hyper-V? Questions to Ask IT 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 19
    20. 20. • Does your 2013 capital budget include replacing IT infrastructure? • How do you pay for applications today that ride on your current IT infrastructure? (Flat-rate, capex with maintenance, monthly per-user fee) • Would you prefer moving to an operating expense versus a capital expense for IT infrastructure? • Do you receive volume discounts on your hardware or software purchases? • What are your maintenance fees associated to your IT infrastructure and software? • How much would 24 hours of downtime cost your company? • What are your business expectations around Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for IT infrastructure? • Would you like to take advantage of economies of scale at your organization by getting enterprise-level infrastructure at a fraction of the cost? Questions to Ask a CFO 8/11/2014 CloudServer Training 20
    21. 21. rapidscale.net Contact Information RapidScale 100 Pacifica Suite 100 Irvine, CA 92618 (949) 236-7007