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IT infrastructure transformation in the post-pandemic era: iKala Cloud received Google Cloud Anthos partner certification to assist enterprises with the agile management of multi-cloud environments

As senior decision-makers of enterprises, have you frequently been asked these past few years “How did your company go about digital transformation?” After all the black swan incidents including the US-China trade war, supply chain reorganization and the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprise leaders must have felt this deeply: What is the first step for transformation?

The COVID-19 pandemic struck all of a sudden, and many of the new operation plans of enterprises were suspended; however, crisis is the best time to catalyze digital transformation. In fact, due to the need for remote offices in response to the pandemic, many enterprises discovered the first step towards digitalization: they should start with the transformation of their IT infrastructure. Research reports from the industry also highlighted this trend; IDC predicted that for the IT investment decisions for the next five years, global enterprises will invest more resources in deploying multi-cloud and hybrid cloud container platforms, as well as digital infrastructures.

Anthos is a hybrid cloud platform launched by Google Cloud to help enterprises manage multi-cloud environments more efficiently. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, stated at Next, Google Cloud’s annual product conference: “The more enterprises digitalize, the more they focus on cooperation and flexibility, and so the more they need the cloud”. “Cooperation” is obviously one of the key elements for enterprise digitalization. Recently, the AI technology company iKala received the Google Cloud Anthos partner certification. It can assist Taiwanese enterprises to quickly deploy, execute and manage various applications on any cloud, taking hold of the benefits of modern IT infrastructures.

Managing multi-cloud environments is highly challenging for enterprises, but the Anthos platform solves the various difficulties

When developing multi-cloud architectures has become a trend for enterprises, it becomes a tricky challenge for chief information officers. An IDC survey discovered that 47% of CIOs think that managing a hybrid cloud is a very difficult task. The mixing of hybrid and multi-cloud caused IT architectures to become more and more complicated, consumes large amounts of computing resources, and therefore resulted in expensive operation and maintenance costs. Moreover, the operation and maintenance of information security is another issue, since hybrid cloud IT environments have an even greater need for consistent information security monitoring and filter warning mechanisms; this makes the daily work of the IT staff even more tiring without them noticing.

Seeing the pain points for enterprises to embrace multi-cloud, Google was the first to break the barriers between different clouds, launching the hybrid cloud platform “Anthos” that is based on the Kubernetes dispatch management mechanism. To put it simply, the mission of Anthos is to allow enterprises to make good use of the Anthos platform tools to realize unified and central management in multi-cloud environments. For example, clusters that cross between Google Cloud, AWS, Azure, and on-premises.

Transformation must not be done in isolation; Google Cloud acknowledges the technical capabilities of iKala Cloud

However, since the launch of Anthos until now, how come most enterprises can see it but cannot utilize it? The main reason is because enterprises have containerized services in virtual machines and dispatch and manage them through Kubernetes, or when they wanted to integrate applications in different cloud environments, the internal IT workforce was insufficient, or the organization’s architecture could not respond, or the corresponding operation and maintenance technologies were not in place yet, resulting in a transformation mode of silos, making it difficult to quickly enjoy the integration and collaboration benefits of Anthos.

Digital transformation must not be done in isolation. iKala, which has driven corporate transformation through AI for a very long time, received Google Cloud’s Anthos partner certification recently, and launched the iKala Cloud AIOps automated operation and maintenance service; with its mission of “AI empowerment”, it is committed to realizing customer success. So, how did iKala win the favor of Google Cloud among the many companies? The most important key was the more than 40 cloud service experts and data scientists that iKala trained; they received over 60 official professional technical certifications from Google Cloud, and are elite partners with multiple Google Cloud-certified qualifications.

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At the same time, iKala hopes to help enterprises lay the foundation for digital transformation, making it of one mind with Google Cloud. Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, once mentioned: “The Google Cloud platform will become the helper for corporate transformation, and help enterprises begin the journey toward digitalization through the Anthos platform”. The value of iKala Cloud AIOps Services lies in providing automated cloud hosting services to help enterprises operate efficiently and solving the various troubles for cloud operations and maintenance.

Automated cloud hosting services, iKala Cloud AIOps Services is committed to leaving CIOs worry-free

In other words, when an enterprise wants to start IT transformation and implement the Anthos platform while also wanting to enjoy cloud hosting services, iKala is the first choice of technical service provider on the market. Whether the life cycle of the IT infrastructure is in the stage of preliminary construction or concept verification, or there is the need to migrate to the cloud, iKala Cloud AIOps Services can provide corresponding services and one-stop hosting solutions for every stage.

In addition to having technical strength in infrastructure and data analysis, more and more enterprises started seeing the benefits from AI applications in recent years,\ and are actively trying to add the performance of AI to their products and services. iKala has years of AI practical experience, making this also one of the strengths of iKala. In addition to providing technical support for Anthos operations and maintenance, through the energy of its AI team, it can also help enterprises realize automated operation, maintenance and monitoring goals, as well as monitor and warn about abnormal expenses, service availability and abnormal operations of the cloud services in real-time.

In other words, iKala shows its leading position in AI technology and helps more companies to transform into smart enterprises with ease, while also allowing IT staff to focus more on development and handle more valuable jobs with peace of mind.

The next mile for transformation: From hybrid cloud to distributed cloud

What are the new trends in future IT processes? According to the Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2021 published by Gartner, cloud deployment will further march from hybrid cloud and multi-cloud to distributed cloud. Simply put, distributed cloud is the concept of hybrid cloud 2.0. The services and resources of public cloud platforms will be decentralized (distributed) to the ground terminals (data centers) of enterprises in the future, allowing enterprise IT to enjoy the benefits of cloud services on the ground terminal (data centers). Meanwhile, for the operation, maintenance, monitoring and upgrading needs of IT for the cloud services on the ground terminal, the public cloud provider will help with the management and operation. In other words, marching towards the hybrid cloud 2.0 era will become the trend, and the application of distributed cloud also indicates that more enterprises will need the Anthos platform as their core to move from cloud to edge architecture.

The road to digital transformation of enterprises will not end with only one project. It requires continuous collaboration from the values of the managerial level to the management efficiency of the IT department of the enterprise. Therefore, enterprises must work with external resources, such as implementing Anthos and iKala Cloud AIOps Services which provide assistance and hosting that is reliable, secure and compliant. Through this, enterprises will be able to enjoy automated monitoring, operation and maintenance services, allowing them to save IT costs while also unleashing the maximum efficiency of the infrastructure and improving the overall operation efficiency. This way, digital transformation will no longer be difficult.

(This article was reproduced from INSIDE.)

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