Operations Bridge deployment on Cloud using cloud-native services

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Today, more and more businesses rely on the Cloud for their computing needs taking advantage of numerous benefits cloud computing offers, such as reduced maintenance complexity, increased flexibility and scalability, reduced time to market, and cost savings.

Cloud-based services are divided in the following categories:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providing basic computing infrastructure, such as networks, servers and storage
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS), the extension of the IaaS model with a set of additional cloud-based services that enable business users and developers to efficiently build and deploy applications
  • Software as a Service (SaaS) providing the delivery of software applications, typically on subscription and on demand, with the cloud provider handling the hosting and the IT infrastructure, as well as maintenance and security

We at Micro Focus are also keen on helping our customers who wish to shift from deploying and maintaining the software on-premises and embrace the benefits of cloud computing. With the Micro Focus Operations Bridge 2021.05 release, we are enabling the Operations Bridge deployment on Cloud using cloud-native services (available for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure), not only using IaaS, but also using PaaS/cloud services, such as managed Kubernetes, managed databases, managed storage), thus benefiting from the values these cloud services provide.

We currently offer two options to deploy Operations Bridge on Cloud:

  1. Using the ITOM Cloud Deployment Toolkit (which consists of the Terraform configuration files and modules). This method allows you to set up all necessary cloud infrastructure in just a few steps and with minimal configuration (and also enables customizations via editing the config file).
    The Toolkit automates the setup of nodes, security rules, firewall settings, separation of nodes in subnets, managed services for Kubernetes, Relational DB, hosted zones, etc.
    The Cloud Deployment Toolkit can be downloaded from the ITOM Marketplace.
  1. Using a less automated approach by setting up cloud services and systems one by one using AWS UI and AWS Cloud Formation Templates or Azure UI and Azure CLI. Choose this approach if you want to have full control or already have other automation in place.

Operations Bridge deployment on AWS

We utilize the following AWS cloud services:

  • Amazon Container Registry (ECR) is a service that enables storing, managing, sharing, and deploying container images and artifacts. Amazon ECR eliminates the need to operate your own container repositories or worry about scaling the underlying infrastructure.
  • Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) is a service that enables you to start, run, and scale Kubernetes applications in the AWS Cloud or on-premises
  • Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) is a service that provides a serverless elastic file system that lets you share file data without provisioning or managing storage
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the Cloud
  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) is a block-storage service designed for use with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for both throughput and transaction intensive workloads at any scale. A range of workloads, such as relational and non-relational databases, enterprise applications, containerized applications, big data analytics engines, file systems, and media workflows can be deployed on Amazon EBS.
  • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the Cloud. It provides resizable capacity while automating administration tasks, such as hardware provisioning, database setup, patching and backups.

The AWS implementation brings the following benefits:

  • You no longer need to take care of control plane/master nodes hosting Kubernetes or systems hosting the database
  • High availability of EBS/EFS/Route 53, etc. The AWS node group assures that worker node instances are automatically started if a worker node instance fails.
  • You no longer need to worry about NFS server disk space as the EFS service provides practically unlimited storage

For more information, refer to the Install on AWS documentation section and navigate from there as appropriate.

Operations Bridge deployment on Microsoft Azure

On MS Azure, the architecture is similar to that of AWS. The following cloud services are used:

Figure 2. The Azure architecture for Operations Bridge

Benefits:

  • You no longer need to take care of control plane/master nodes hosting Kubernetes or systems hosting the database
  • High availability of storage, DNS, etc. The node group assures that worker node instances are automatically started if a worker node instance fails.

For more information, refer to the Install on Azure documentation section and navigate from there as appropriate.

Note: In both Cloud setups, Vertica is installed on cloud computer systems. If you choose the toolkit installation method, then Vertica is installed automatically.

We encourage you to try out our new features and enhancements! For further information on our offerings, visit the Operations Bridge product page, explore our documentation resources and check out our videos and blogs.

If you have feedback or suggestions, don’t hesitate to comment on this article.

Explore the full capabilities of Operations Bridge by taking a look at these pages on our Practitioner Portal: Operations Bridge Manager, SiteScope, Operations Agent, Operations Connector (OpsCx), Operations Bridge Analytics, Application Performance Management (APM) and Operations Orchestration (OO).

Events

To get more information on this release and how customers are using Operations Bridge, we are happy to announce the following recent and upcoming events:

See all the Micro Focus events worldwide.

Read all our news at the Operations Bridge blog.

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