Most organizations to one degree or another will wind up deploying applications on multiple public and private cloud computing environments. To help streamline that process, Accenture has developed a set of APIs designed to make deploying and managing applications across a hybrid cloud computing environment simpler.
Michael Liebow, global managing director for the Accenture Cloud Platform, says the latest version of the system integrator’s hybrid cloud framework, announced this week, provides a set of APIs that creates an overlay over public clouds and private clouds based on VMware, OpenStack and Cisco platforms.
Liebow says the goal is to create a hybrid cloud computing environment that organizations can consume any way they best see fit. The Accenture Cloud Platform provides the IT operations management framework to centrally manage all those different cloud instances.
As part of that effort, Accenture is also using those APIs to create application blueprints that automatically enable multiple cloud services to be bundled, provisioned and deployed across public and private cloud providers, while adhering to guidelines and policies developed by an internal IT organization.
Accenture has thus far plowed more than $400 million into cloud technologies to create a federated Accenture Cloud Platform that spans private and public cloud services, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and NTT Communications. In addition, Accenture has an equity investment in Apigee, which it uses to help manage its APIs. Thus far, Accenture says it has worked on more than 8,000 cloud computing projects.
As cloud computing continues to evolve, it’s clear that organizations will be deploying applications across multiple types of clouds. Rather than requiring enterprise developers to master multiple cloud APIs, Accenture presents a set of unified APIs that developers can invoke. Accenture then provides the IT operations required to manage all those cloud computing environments as a managed service. In addition, Accenture then consolidates the billing process for invoking public clouds in a way that allows IT organizations to apply analytics to determine actual rates of cloud resource consumption in real time.
Finally, Liebow says Accenture has created a Service Design Institute through which it is helping customers understand how to develop and deploy application services across hybrid cloud computing environments.
It’s only a matter of time before cloud computing becomes federated across heterogeneous clouds. As such, many IT organizations will soon be looking to streamline all the APIs those clouds present in a way that not only makes them easier to consume but, just as importantly, a whole lot simpler to manage.