IaaS Cloud Design and Build

ShapeBlue are specialists in the design and implementation of IaaS cloud infrastructures for both private and public cloud implementations.

We combine 100’s of man-years of experience in designing and building complex network, storage and compute infrastructures with globally leading skills in CloudStack, Citrix Cloudplatform and Citrix CloudPortal.

We also work with, and have deep expertise in, a range of networking and storage technologies that we have selected as being ideally suited in the build-out of Clouds

Our approach

We have developed a best-practice framework that allows us to design and implement public and private clouds in a low-risk cost effective way.

Establish requirements

We use a series of workshops to establish the business, operational and technical requirements of your IaaS cloud. We will work closely with your project stakeholders and balance the requirements against cost and technology constraints.

Capacity planning

One of the key factors to building a successful cloud is get virtual machine density as high as possible without compromising performance. The possibility of over-provisioning must also be considered.

Through our extensive experience, we are experts in planning the compute, hypervisor, storage and network architectures to achieve the required compute density.

Technical Design

We use our extensive experience to design network, compute, storage and integration infrastructures that will allow your cloud to scale as demand increases, whilst keeping initial cap-ex minimized. We work with a number of hardware vendors who have created products that fit well into a cloud architecture. Maybe, most importantly, we understand the limitations of many technologies that claim to be cloud aware.

Storage, network and compute build

Working with your technical team or independently we will build out the required infrastructure in order to support your cloud. We have built a set of best practices and automation tools to allow us to deploy infrastructure at scale

Integration

We have extensive expertise in integrating cloud technologies with billing platforms, monitoring platforms, CRM tools, web portals and other software components.

Documentation & skills transfer

We recognise that it is essential that your in-house support teams are able to support your cloud from day 1. We will create detailed as-build duration and operational run-books