Tailoring cloud for any cloud journey
Altron System Integration’s approach to cloud and customers in general is aimed at solving business problems. Cloud does not equate to an IT strategy, but it is one component of a holistic strategy. This is why Altron Systems Integration believes it is essential to have a workload placement strategy.
The right workloads need to run in the correct architectures across traditional IT and cloud, creating a hybrid IT environment. From a 2019 study with Gartner predicting that by 2025, workloads will have moved to 30% on-premises, 30% edge and 40% public cloud, Altron has geared itself to assist its customers with cloud readiness.
“We’re not a traditional cloud vendor and neither do we lead with a cloud vendor when assisting a customer to implement an effective cloud strategy,” says Charl Venter, practice lead for Altron’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
“Applications or workloads are core to any business, but are interdependent and need to be supported by the underlying technologies. After we examine the results of a customer’s cloud assessment, we then place the workload in the right architecture, be it from traditional IT or public cloud.
“Previously, our customers data was centred and located in one or two locations, but with the introduction of 5G, AI, big data and IOT, this is no longer the case. Data can reside anywhere; however, allocations have to be interconnected.
This is why we developed the Altron Technology Fabric. “We can assist our customers from anywhere with exactly what they need, which feeds into our strategy that targets the growth areas of data, artificial intelligence (AI), automation, managed services and security.
"We are transforming as a systems integrator and for us to remain relevant, we have changed the way we go to market. With our offerings, we enable a technical capability without the need for massive capex investment.
“We bring a cloud-like model to traditional IT with a consumption-based model wrapped around with Altron’s managed services. This way, our customers can leverage the economies of scale, security and availability.”
Venter describes the barriers customers face when trying to move workloads into the cloud as incompatible and non-interoperable stacks, cross-site networking and security issues, application dependency mapping delays and business disruption.
Altron assists its customers to take a step back and assist them with a workload placement strategy.
This may require modernising their applications to be fit for cloud or considering a safe harbour as part of the workload placement strategy. This safe harbour is also suitable for hosting legacy applications and can play an integral role in mitigating the effects of mid-technology lifecycle, offering co-location, close proximity to cloud on-ramps and more.
“Essentially, we enable our customers to focus on their core business while we handle and take care of their technology needs. The Altron safe harbour offering is designed to help our customers to have a successful cloud journey,” continues Venter. “Our offerings remove the need for customers to develop a capability that we have already developed, concept-tested and delivered. We provide this as a service.”
Altron uses its best-of-breed partners – all in the Gartner magic quadrant, to craft its own services and IP.
“We are ahead of the curve and believe we will be successful, following the formulas we have developed,” concludes Venter.