A well implemented cloud computing solution can bring your business or organization to a new level of agility and efficiency, but getting started on the process of cloud implementation presents immediate and complex obstacles. How can you assess which cloud solution best suits your current and future business needs? Which solution fits within your budget? What changes will it require of your existing system and applications?
Silicon Mechanics will assess the unique environment in your business or organization, design a purpose-built cloud solution tailored to your current workloads, and provide a roadmap to support future growth.
When it’s time to execute, we’ll be there through each stage of implementation – architecture, build, deployment and support – to keep you safe from pitfalls, saving you time and money.
Private clouds solutions are fully customized to your enterprise or organization and installed on premises, putting them under your complete control. When you have high requirements for on-demand self-provisioning, information security, and a staff of IT personnel ready for the operation and maintenance of your cloud infrastructure, private cloud solutions provide both power and freedom.
Private Cloud Benefits
- Secure - Private clouds sit on your premises and provide optimal security for critical data
- Flexible - Make changes to the system whenever and however your organization requires
- High-performance - Gives internal users direct access to a high-performance compute system
Hybrid cloud solutions leverage hardware and software installed on premises at your organization with off-site public cloud technologies. By allowing workloads to easily move between these systems, your business can reap the efficiencies of cloud computing while saving on system deployment costs and increasing security for high-value resources.
Hybrid Cloud Benefits
- Cost-efficient – Access significant economies of scale without exposing vital data to vulnerability
- Scalable – Access to off-site resources allows for infinite growth
- Availability and resiliency – Applications that run on remote servers are safe from local issues or disaster
- Regulation compliant – Track the placement and handling of data and applications to ensure compliance with your locale or industry
- Resilient – Configure your hybrid system for high availability or business continuity to keep your business safe from mishap or disaster
Silicon Mechanics is an expert in open-standards technology solutions with decades of experience deploying IT systems for the world’s most innovative organizations. We bring this rich experience to each cloud deployment, enabling customers to take advantage of the latest technical architectures while delivering the optimal value for their investment.
Your journey to cloud transformation begins when our engineers start learning about your business’ or organization’s existing strategy, the challenges you face, your budget, and your technical growth plans. What is your vision for the IT transformation you are embarking on? What about cloud computing worries your team most? How do you measure success? How do your customers measure success?
The experts at Silicon Mechanics begin the process of determining which cloud solution best suits your goals, and how it can be best implemented. An in-depth analysis of your current workloads can be used to provide guidance on which are suitable for transition to the cloud. In conjunction, the feasibility of your IT transformation will be dependent on variables like the size and skill of your IT staff, the space and facilities available, existing network infrastructure, and the target delivery date.
We get to work on designing your cloud solutions. We’ll determine the requirements and tailor a solution precisely to your needs, taking into consideration all that we’ve learned about your company and existing IT infrastructure. The design will include planning for future scalability and specific capacity requirements for compute, storage, and network resources, both immediate and long-term.
The build process is when all of our expertise and knowledge begins to come to life for your cloud computing solution. No matter if you are building a completely new cloud system from the bottom up or expanding a pre-existing system, our experts will craft and configure each system node and component to the specifications agreed upon during the architecture stage, laying the hardware foundation for your transition to the cloud.
Using our proprietary suite of software, our build experts now proceed with a comprehensive test of your new cloud computing system. Testing at the component, server, and rack levels ensures that the performance, manageability, compatibility, and all other aspects of your new system meet our zero-defect standard. Once your system passes our testing, it’s qualified for fast deployment to your premises.
Silicon Mechanics is a singular source of excellence in rack design, equipment installation, cable management, and rack-level documentation. Our meticulous deployment process ensures that your cloud solution will provide optimal operational efficiency throughout the system lifecycle.
Experts from Silicon Mechanics will mount, cable, and label all rack peripherals, network, and power elements, so your integrated rack arrive onsite ready for plug-n-play. We also provide you with comprehensive documentation showing all the physical and logical component locations and connections, so you can start using your new cloud system to gain a business advantage with confidence.
Integrated stacks can help solve the complex management problems related to virtual machines and virtualized storage systems by combining preconfigured compute, network, storage, and management components into convenient, turnkey solutions. When used effectively, they shorten the virtual machine and storage provisioning cycle, leading to increased efficiency.
Despite their potential benefits, integrated stacks remain a confusing proposition. Ambiguity surrounding their pricing, technical limitations, and fears of vendor lock-in can be obstacles to adoption by potential customers. The experts at Silicon Mechanics can help you untangle the misinformation surrounding the various integrated stack solutions, find the one that best suits your needs, and unleash its potential to benefit your business.
Silicon Mechanics provides a hands-on training session for the administrators of your cloud solution, usually held directly after the deployment phase. Your staff will be given a comprehensive overview of the system, then taught to provision head and compute nodes, schedule jobs, and administer other key components of your verified Silicon Mechanics cloud solution. These training materials are then provided to the customer for their future reference.
Our Support Engineers are more than just a help desk — they provide expert-level diagnostics and assistance when you need it. With access to all the data that went into the architecture and build of your system, including hardware specifications and QA data, when a problem arises we’re there to provide accurate, knowledgeable diagnostics, and get you back on track quickly.
All Silicon Mechanics solutions come with at least a three-year warranty, but we offer a wide range of options and service level agreements for customers who want more than a standard warranty. No matter what you need, our focus is on delivering consistent and reliable service that keeps you satisfied and productive.
- 4-Year and 5-Year warranties
- Remote troubleshooting
- Email and phone support
- Return to depot repair service
- Advanced parts replacement for all integrated systems
The OpenStack platform possesses a lively open-source ecosystem of supporting software and plugins, made possible by the collaborative effort of thousands of contributing organizations and developers. Though this openness and configurability make it a popular option for cloud implementation, this can also make OpenStack a daunting proposition for companies unfamiliar with its complexity.
Unlocking the power of OpenStack requires a ground-up approach to managing the underlying system, a holistic understanding of the OpenStack ecosystem, and the creativity to apply this knowledge to the objectives, management philosophy, and culture of a business.
Silicon Mechanics can help you navigate the sprawling OpenStack ecosystem to find the right mix of OpenStack plugins and tools for your business, and help reduce the many complexities of launching a customized OpenStack hybrid cloud solution.
Which Stack is Right For You?
OpenStack deployments vary, offering compute, storage and networking resources. The below framework offers a flexible and tested architecture, fully optimized for scalability, density and efficiency.