Aiming to advance the state of hybrid cloud computing across heterogeneous IT environments, HotLink today unveiled a cloud platform designed to make Amazon Web Services (AWS) appear to be a natural extension of a VMware environment running on premise.
HotLink CEO Lynn LeBlanc says that with the debut of the HotLink Cloud-Attach Platform, the company’s entire approach to hybrid cloud computing has been revamped. The 64-bit HotLink Cloud-Attach Platform now takes advantage of parallel processing to scale higher at cost levels that are now much more affordable for the average IT organization, says LeBlanc.
“We’ve cut the total cost of using AWS by as much as 50 percent,” says LeBlanc.
Compatible with the new application programming interface (API) published by AWS, LeBlanc says the HotLink Cloud-Attach Platform now also makes use of a software-defined architecture to make integrating VMware vCenter Server with AWS much simpler. As a result, instead of having to manage multiple clouds in isolation, LeBlanc says, it’s becoming easier to manage multiple clouds using a common management framework.
While tools for connecting VMware to AWS have been around for a while, hybrid cloud computing remains a major management challenge for most IT organizations. By making it simpler to connect the most widely used IT management framework on premise with AWS, LeBlanc notes, IT organizations can less disruptively embrace public cloud services. VMware, of course, would prefer IT organizations to employ public clouds based on VMware software. But the fact is that AWS is the most widely deployed public cloud computing platform in the enterprise.
Over time, LeBlanc says, IT organizations should expect to see HotLink extend the reach of the core technologies used in the HotLink Cloud-Attach platform to Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines and the Microsoft Azure cloud. In the meantime, IT organizations can opt to deploy the HotLink Cloud-Attach Platform themselves or contract HotLink to deploy it as a managed service. In either case, the gap between private clouds based on VMware and public clouds is finally starting to narrow.