Better Cloud Orchestration
May 15, 2018

A Better Way To Do Cloud Orchestration


Let’s cut to the chase: If you’re involved with cloud orchestration, there’s a better way to coordinate and automate all layers of any stack – relying on only one mechanism instead of many. Rather than selecting, acquiring, configuring, deploying, updating, and maintaining multiple sets of orchestration tools – say, MaaS (infrastructure), OpenStack (platform), and Docker (applications) – you can rely on OpenLogic to manage everything for you. 

Orchestration Evolution


Current cloud orchestration methods

Simply put, current orchestration methods are fragmented, poorly integrated, arcane to use, and almost never include managing the bare metal. The most well-known organizations manage the most popular provisioning and orchestration tools: MaaS is a product of Canonical, Ansible was acquired by Red Hat in 2015, OpenStack is managed by the OpenStack Foundation, etc. While their popularity reflects their purpose-built usefulness – there’s no real incentive for them to work together. Whether due to financial or political constraints, there’s been no single, concerted effort to bring all these capabilities under one roof. Enter OpenLogic. For over ten years, the open source architects and developers on the OpenLogic team help countless enterprises select, acquire, configure, deploy, update, and maintain hundreds of open source packages. Sound familiar? Taking this experience, from financial to pharmaceutical to retail, the OpenLogic team decided that there’s a better way to automate these operations, by teaching modern orchestration tools to do essentially what the team has always done: Help enterprises deliver services that are easily deployed, scaled, and maintained.

An open source architect in a box

Take the typical steps to setting up a cloud environment (from IBM developerWorks):

  • Wait for approval
  • Buy the hardware
  • Install the OS
  • Connect to and configure the network
  • Get an IP
  • Allocate the storage
  • Configure the security
  • Deploy the database
  • Connect to a back-end system
  • Deploy the application on the server

Other than the approval, the pre-configured stacks and support from OpenLogic do all this for you and, critically, allow you to control and manage everything without having to be where the actual infrastructure and applications are running. How is this done? The OpenLogic team built their experience with curating and maintaining open source stacks into custom, vendor-neutral Ansible playbooks, creating production-ready infrastructure that can be spun up or spun down by organizations of any size – from bare metal to the applications. These stacks are designed for enterprise scale and performance, and were chosen based on the most popular production environments seen today.

JEE Stack

Each stack reduces the confusion and overhead of managing multiple cloud orchestration tools, including the physical servers, and eliminates the in-house need for open source skills better left to data center operations. All you need to worry about is the application, your unique value to customers – we even take care of all stack support. “Everything-as-a-Service” hasn’t hit the headlines yet but it’s now available with OpenLogic, helping you bring expert-curated and orchestrated open source infrastructure to your enterprise.