Many customers are examining how they can leverage public clouds for reduced costs and increased agility.
Public Clouds save costs through automation, higher server utilisation, lower storage costs and consumption based charging.
Public clouds are seen by many as a great way to secure expanded capacity to handle demand spikes for seasonal or overflow activities. Allowing you to keep your on-premise IT resources trimmed to handle only Business as Usual (BAU) activity.
What about running BAU on Cloud? What is the cost per database on Cloud versus on premise, factoring in database server, network, storage and license costs? Some customers have done this calculation and the answer may surprise you.
Let’s examine how Delphix enables the same core cost saving measures as Cloud solutions.
Delphix automates the entire end-to-end process of data synchronisation to provisioning. These, policy driven, automated workflows can also include Data Masking and Replication. End users can manage their own full copy data sets but are limited to pre-allocated server resources to avoid consumption creep.
2. Server Utilisation
The two primary methods to increase server utilisation are density (increased concurrent instances) and hoteling (drop in environments).
Delphix enables increased density by allowing you to run more database instances on the same database server. Customers have reported 30% increases in concurrent instances per server. Often a server is maxed out on memory but Delphix allows you to reduce the memory allocation per instance without compromising performance due to the caching effect of the Delphix shared cache.
Delphix enables hoteling by allowing an environment to be provisioned and de-provisioned quickly and automatically. This allows customers to pool existing siloed and implicitly underutilised database servers and share these servers between teams and across time zones. Test servers can be kept busier by supporting tests from different projects and sprints, simply by lifting the constraint on data provisioning.
Take a look at your current test server utilisation, imagine if you could increase that by 30% or better.
The best way to save storage costs is to avoid using storage altogether. Delphix reduces non-production storage consumption by at least 70%.
Here’s the math:
Source copy = 50% Non-production copies = 4 Storage consumption for 4 copies = 50% / 400% = 1/8 = 12.5% Storage saving = 100% - 12.5% = 87.5%.
As with most of these calculations it depends. In reality the savings are generally so substantial that you can use the highest performing storage available because you don’t have to buy much of it. You then get the additional benefit of increased test throughput allowing more tests for increased quality and reduced release cycles.
The best solution for most customers will be an on premise private cloud for BAU activity linked to a public cloud, or two, for burst activity.
Delphix will make your private cloud as economical as a public cloud with the added advantage of supporting true agile development for database based applications, i.e. the really important ones.
For public cloud, Delphix supports AWS and Azure. Delphix will seamlessly replicate data between on-premise and cloud, cloud to cloud and cloud to on-premise. Allowing you to switch workloads between clouds without worrying about moving data.