05 Jul How An Agnostic Approach Can Improve Your Cloud Service
At Hostworks, we believe there’s no one-size-fits-all in the web development industry. Our Solutions Architect Daniel Russell takes a look at why the agnostic approach is applied to our unique Flex+ platform offering and results in success for your business.
What being tech agnostic means
There are many buzzwords used in technology today, and “agnostic” is becoming more frequently heard. So what does being tech agnostic actually mean? Similar to the religious use of the word, agnosticism in tech simply means an unbiased approach to technology – using different technological tools to solve different problems.
The rapid evolution of web technology has – inevitably – given rise to several cloud solutions from an endless array of providers to help make running your business simpler and more cost efficient. You can now choose to solve different IT problems with tailored solutions from many cloud service providers instead of needing to stick with a single vendor.
Because each business is unique, by remaining technology agnostic, you lower your risk of getting locked into a particular cloud solution that can end up delivering less value than you bargained for, or costing you more to switch providers down the road.
Why is it important to adopt an agnostic approach to the cloud?
While most cloud hosting providers offer the same core services (storage, instances, etc.), service catalogues can differ widely. For example, some providers will allow you to rack your own servers in their data centre, while some won’t. Some providers will let you run your own messaging service, while some won’t.
As you evaluate different providers, bear in mind that going with vendor-specific services may lead to vendor lock-in.
Why is this a problem?
Let’s say you start off using a vendor’s proprietary messaging system. In the beginning, there’s no issue because you’re not processing that many messages. Then suddenly, your business explodes and you find yourself processing thousands or millions of messages, resulting in a large bill at the end of every month. In many cases, it’s much easier to join a service than to leave it, which is why alternate approaches from other vendors should always be investigated first.
By staying agnostic, you can migrate workloads between cloud providers to achieve the best price point without sacrificing functionality or concerning yourself with interoperability.
How can so many different solutions be easily managed?
While tailoring a cloud solution to your business and picking out exactly what services you need without committing to one provider sounds great, you might be thinking: “How can I manage all these multiple services without getting a migraine?” This is where having the ability to manage all your cloud hosting services on one platform can come in handy.
Developed by our team at Hostworks, Flex+ is one such example of an intuitive platform comprising a series of tools, automation and reporting elements that offer a single pane of visibility into any of the major public clouds (like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure).
Using the platform, you can:
- View or model your entire cost structure from a single dashboard.
- Manage, monitor and automate your workloads across the major clouds.
- Easily move across the major providers (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer and Google Cloud.
- Scale your hosting requirements up or down as needed.
When you deploy a service in the platform, you can see exactly how much it will cost you before you get locked in, giving you more flexibility in where you want to deploy, resulting in a more tailored, cost-effective solution that’s as unique as your business.
With a platform like Flex+, it makes no difference which cloud you are in. For more information on how we can help you build an easily manageable, flexible cloud solution for your business, contact us today.