Cloud can be a double-edged sword for enterprises. On one hand, it promises incredible speed, flexibility and the ability to capitalize on new business opportunities. On the other, if not managed properly, cloud can introduce security exposures and runaway costs, and actually slow operations. With growing adoption of large-scale, multicloud environments, there’s a real need for fresh innovations that boost cloud’s benefits and hold the risks at bay. One of the top companies challenging the status quo and ushering in a new era of agile, safe, cloud-savvy enterprises is Scalr.
Scalr helps enterprises make the promise of multi-cloud a reality by empowering groups with the flexibility and autonomy they need to move fast, while ensuring central IT doesn’t have to compromise on cost, security or compliance. The Scalr Hybrid Cloud Management Platform (CMP) makes it easy to automate and standardize application deployments across multicloud environments. Using its unique Scalr Organizational Model, which combines proactive and reactive policies with a hierarchy that maps to each organization’s structure, Scalr enables administrators to finally balance the needs of finance, security, IT and development teams.
Scalr’s novel approach to cloud management has made it the provider of choice for some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. The company counts Samsung, NASA JPL, Gannett and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration among its clients.
Delivering Speed and Control
Enterprise IT organizations, particularly those in heavily regulated sectors, face a tough challenge. They’re under tremendous pressure to deliver agile platforms so users can work at maximum productivity. At the same time, they’re expected to maintain strict compliance, cost and security standards. Their users, however, are coming from a completely different mindset.
Users are focused on getting their jobs done, not on costs and rules. They expect a quick and convenient self-service experience and want to use the latest cloud technologies to complete their tasks. So what happens? They end up bypassing traditional ITSM (IT Service Management) processes and, as a result, budgets are blown and compliance audits fail.
Scalr enables IT organizations to eliminate this fallout and provide the best of all worlds to all stakeholders. Its CMP gives enterprises a single pane of glass for managing, monitoring and provisioning resources while enabling self-service and enforcing cost, security and compliance policies.
Scalr has achieved many milestones in its journey. However, one that stands out above all is its uniquely balanced approach to cloud management. Scalr provides the only CMP that gives developers secure access to cloud native APIs and differentiated selfservice within an organizational model that delegates IT autonomy to different groups while ensuring they comply to corporate policies.
Contrast this with other Cloud Management Platforms, which follow the old model of IT where developers have to make requests and gain approval from central IT before they can access the resources they need. When IT is continually overwhelmed with requests by various departments to access resources, individuals take a costly, risky Do-It-Yourself approach.
Dominating the Competition
Scalr modernizes the management process for multi-cloud and enables a whole new level of agility and control. It differentiates from competitors in three major ways.
First, Scalr’s architecture allows it to map to a company’s organizational hierarchy. This means policies, catalog items, reports, or anything else will adhere to the structure that makes sense to that business. This Organizational Model creates a “Federation of IT,” where central IT can delegate cloud environments to different business units, departments, or teams. At each management level, policies can be configured and then inherited by lower levels of management, who can also set their own policies. This slashes administrative overhead, supports autonomy and ensures business units comply with required, higher-level policies.
Second, Scalr is the only CMP that offers customized self-service portals to all user types, from those with basic needs who value ease of use, to DevOps engineers who value operational flexibility and require API access. IT admins can deliver service catalogs, power consoles, and API keys that are designed for each user, while all provisioning methods are subject to policies.
Third is Scalr’s robust policy engine that enforces policies around access, automation, cost, security, workload placement and more. The policies are conditional and can adapt to workload type, user identity, cloud environment, OS, etc. For example, admins can set a baseline security policy that says that all Linux workloads in the “STAGING” environment must use the “ALLOW_SSH” security group, while Windows workloads must use the “ALLOW_RDP” security group. This and other policies, such as instance size limitations, network, storage, and tagging policies, can be set in a single, conditional policy profile.
An Intuition Born from Experience
Scalr’s successful approach to hybrid cloud management was envisioned by its Founder and CEO, Sebastian Stadil years before he started the company.
In a previous job, when Sebastian was managing an AWS account for a client, he saw that migrating to the cloud was challenging even with a small number of users. As the company and its AWS footprint grew, people were interfering with each others’ work, using the wrong resources and creating security risks. Sebastian realized this problem would be even more monumental for large enterprises.
He originally created Scalr to manage and scale web apps. However, over time it was naturally adopted more and more by enterprises because of the complexity of their organizations and hybrid cloud environments and Scalr’s unique ability to manage them.
Sebastian is on the Cloud Advisory Boards for both Google and Microsoft. He is also the founder of the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group, which comprises thousands of members.