Mechanical engineering company automates the hybrid cloud

Our customer, a global manufacturer of machines for process automation and the chemical industry, is expanding rapidly. On the one hand through organic growth, on the other hand through acquisition.

The CTO explains the challenge as follows: “With the acquisitions, we have the constant problem of integrating new control software and other systems into our system.“

At the same time, they aspired to make their own,globally distributed development departments largely independent of the infrastructure department: "The aim must be to automate the roll-out of the development systems so that an employee does not have to be available 24/7 to look after our developers around the world" said the CTO.

The Challenge

„We also wanted to automate the placement of the workloads” explains Yves Sandfort, comdivision's project manager“ the customer wanted to introduce a cloud strategy that on the one hand can operate workloads flexibly, either on-premises in their own data center, or move them to the cloud. We had already made it clear during the early discussions: not every workload is suitable for the cloud! Of course, if the machine has to be connected directly by cable, it goes without saying that this app cannot go into the cloud, but you also have to keep an eye on how much traffic the app is causing and in which direction it is going: 'In is cheap, out is expensive,'laughs Sandfort.

For comdivision, this meant that a function for the initial evaluation of the workload should also be integrated into theself-service catalog that the developers should be provided with. Yves Sandfort explains the customer's ideas as follows: “The developer goes to theself-service portal and gives a preliminary assessment so that it can be determined on this basis whether the workload should be hosted on-prem oroff-prem.“


Because of the required flexibility, it made sense to integrate a hybrid cloud with VMware Cloud on AWS: “We developed a concept for the customer in which a self-service catalog with VMware vRealize Automation is provided. Here we can not only centrally manage project-based guidelines, butalso cost calculation and resource usage" explains Sandfort: "With The VMware Service Broker, we can store VMC on AWS machine blueprints and also integrate AWS-native development tools and services. "

Policies are to be developed which, based on a rating of 1-10, allow the initial deployment to be carried out either on-premises orat VMC on AWS. "The nice thing is," says the CTO, "that we can still 'bring the workload home' afterwards, should it turn out that the traffic is higher than expected!".


"In The next step, we want to present resource planning with vRealize Operations,"reports Sandfort, "this way we can improve capacity planning and transparency ... but one thing at a time," Sandfort concluded with a wink.



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