The growth of superclouds, layers of abstraction above and across hyperscale infrastructure, is driving the creation of companies specifically designed to provide such services.
One of them is Prosimo.io, a company that has built its business around supporting a multi-cloud infrastructure strategy for application delivery. It’s a great example of how the supercloud fulfills a need for more than just a standard cup of coffee in the information technology ecosystem.
“Cloud providers give you the nuts and bolts, but what you need is a latte,” said Ramesh Prabagaran (photo), co-founder and CEO of Prosimo. “Vendors like us build capacity on top of hyperscalers. They give you raw sugar and a few other things, like five different flavors of milk. But you have to make your own latte. That’s what we do.”
Prabagaran spoke to industry analyst theCUBE furry jeans at Supercloud 22, during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s live streaming studio. They discussed the need for increased capabilities, the rise of specialized superclouds, interest in network as code, and tracking application results.
Prosimo addresses a problem that has become increasingly common in the corporate world. Businesses rely on cloud computing to build applications, migrate data sets, and communicate with on-premises infrastructure. This generally works well when working in a single cloud, but the complexity increases rapidly as new clouds are added.
“The problem comes when you go from your first five EC2 instances to 50, to 100, and then you have a few other things you need to worry about,” Prabagaran said. “You need increased capabilities. This is where supercloud capabilities start to come into play.”
These increased capacities can cover a multitude of needs. Snowflake Inc. has built a very successful business around its Data Cloud, providing data networking and data sharing to its diverse customer base. It can be said that Snowflake was only a precursor. Specialized superclouds offering capabilities in applications, identity, data security and networking are coming, according to Prabagaran.
“These are slowly starting to brew,” Prabagaran said. “Supercloud is not like a conglomeration of multiple capabilities. It can be for a specific use case, for a specific feature. This is what matters to corporate clients.
Network as code
Enterprise customers are also concerned about improving operational efficiency and network reliability. Applying infrastructure-as-code concepts to the entire network realm is becoming increasingly attractive within organizations, and superclouds are well positioned to achieve this. network as code opportunity.
“The network as code has already started to take shape,” Prabagaran said. “Enough CIOs have yelled at their networking teams to say, ‘People in my app can do this three or four times a day, and you do it once a week.’ innovations.
The networking dynamics within the cloud ecosystem are also starting to shift in a new direction, according to Prabagaran. The cloud structure itself, based on regional operations, is starting to change the conversation about networks.
“It gets interesting when a customer moves from a single cloud in a single region to multiple regions,” Prabagaran said. “The more dispersed the regions, the more performance and application experience requirements you have. The conversation about networking is starting to become a conversation about experience and performance. It’s an interesting change that’s happening.
As superclouds gain traction within enterprise computing, a natural question arises: how does an organization know if a supercloud is making a real difference?
“A good leading indicator is that they’ve got the team dialed in, so there’s a lot of people who understand what it means to have cloud-native capabilities,” Prabagaran said. “You don’t care how the pipeline works under the covers. What interests you are the types of results.
Tracking and monitoring results provides a key differentiation between mainstream cloud providers and nascent superclouds. By focusing on delivering cloud services, hyperscalers have opened up an opportunity for other companies to improve visibility into the results of specific applications.
“Does the app deliver the experience? Is it being used as it should be?” asked Prabagaran. AWS or Azure edge that shows this particular thing for the entire application.
In July, Prosimo announcement general availability of its integration with Amazon Web Services Inc.’s Cloud WAN service, a way for cloud customers to deploy the Prosimo platform on top of AWS. It was another example of how superclouds are becoming more and more present in the computing world.
“Whether you call it supercloud or whether you call it ‘worries’ on top of cloud native, they’re all the same,” Prabagaran said. “It will be here to stay.”
Here’s the full video interview, some of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the Supercloud Event 22: