Targeted Cloud Solutions
Biarca engages with some of the world’s biggest companies to create cloud-based solutions that solve a specific technical challenge — often one that enables profound business transformation. We create purpose-engineered clouds in premise datacenters or on public cloud hosts, using the whole gamut of contemporary open cloud frameworks and enabling technologies, from OpenStack IaaS, to Kubernetes, to PaaS solutions like Cloud Foundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift.
Turn-Key and Managed Clouds
Biarca also engineers and manages general-purpose premise, public-network-hosted, and hybrid clouds for customers. We typically engage with customers at the beginning of their cloud journey and work with them to map out a clear picture of needs, requirements, limitations, and expectations — at the same time, sharing our own notions of cloud best-practice. This is often followed by creating proof of concept implementations at graduated scales, ensuring alignment of understanding, before work on a production implementation begins. Because Biarca has deep experience of cloud builds, and because we use automation extensively, production build-outs are generally short and predictable. Once a cloud is delivered, Biarca provides training, DevOps operational automation and ongoing support. We can also manage your cloud completely, letting you focus on your business.
Typically, the solutions we engineer are described, configured, deployed and maintained as code (i.e., Infrastructure as Code) under configuration management, enabling continuous delivery (CD). They’re also wrapped in extensive DevOps automation to facilitate operations, scaling, updating, and to permit continued optimization and improvement while remaining highly stable, available, and secure. Continuous delivery of infrastructure as code (and automation, generally) greatly enhances agility. Infra-as-code also empowers multi-cloud solutions, simplifies migration between cloud providers, minimizes operating costs and headcount, maximizes utilization of datacenter hardware, and helps control public cloud pay-for-use expenditures.
Terraform and Other Tools
Biarca’s recently-announced partnership with HashiCorp to collaborate on a portfolio of services for Google Cloud Platform based on Terraform underscores Biarca’s deep expertise in infra-as-code and deployment tooling, including the latest generation of tools, such as the Kubernetes package manager, Helm, which are purpose-matched to Kubernetes container orchestration, and the more-established CloudFormation template operations system, for Amazon Web Services (also with limited applicability to OpenStack).
ONAP – Open Network Automation
Biarca is also an active contributor to open source NFV — Network Functions Virtualization — and to assisting innovative efforts such as ONAP, a Linux Foundation project begun in March of 2017 to provide an open, end-to-end design, prototype, and operations automation platform for rapid, risk-free advanced network service design and delivery at carrier and large service-provider scales. ONAP, which is being driven and augmented by AT&T among other contributors, will provide a portal for service design and creation (SDC) and an operational interface for orchestrating delivery of newly-defined services to customers. Biarca’s interest in ONAP pivots on their high level of expertise as proponents of infrastructure-as-code, continuous delivery and automation.
Case-Study: Custom Cloud for Video
Biarca was recently called upon by a leading public cloud provider to create an architecture that would enable the latter’s customer — a large-scale video streaming company — to viably migrate the front-end components of their business from premise datacenters into the public cloud environment. Biarca delivered a container-based solution, fed from the premise video repository via Kafka streams, employing Backend-as-a-Service integration for mobile endpoint management, and a robust, load-balanced and replicated front-end to maintain carrier and end-user connectivity. The trial implementation was entirely successful, and the customer is proceeding with their private-to-public-cloud transformation, expected to permit far more rapid scaling and greater profitability over time.