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Open Source Tools Provide Control Over HIT Multi-Cloud Environments

More vendors are releasing tools using Kubernetes to increase interoperability among solutions and make it easier to manage HIT multi-cloud environments.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Mirantis announced the release of its latest cloud platform for HIT multi-cloud management across Amazon Web Services (AWS), OpenStack, and bare-metal. Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP) enables multi-cloud self-service Kubernetes clusters through containers-as-a-service (CaaS) to make it easier for organizations to deploy containers into their health IT infrastructure.

MCP includes a web-based interface for managing Kubernetes clusters for better visibility and control over the environment. The tool also supports Kubernetes on OpenStack instances on-premises, AWS instances, or both. Mirantis stated that public cloud options will be available in the near future.

“With many new open source tools constantly being introduced into the container ecosystem every month, CaaS platforms are becoming increasingly complex to operate,” Mirantis Co-Founder and CMO and co-founder Boris Renski said in a statement. “Building on our experience operating OpenStack for customers like AT&T and VW, we plan to continue introducing new container services to our managed open cloud portfolio as open source projects behind them become more mature.”

The release also includes improvements to StackLight, the Mirantis suite of Operations Support System (OSS) tools, as well as expanded update/upgrade capabilities for DriveTrain, its toolchain for Lifecycle Management (LCM).

Healthcare organizations are moving their data to the cloud for easier accessibility and more flexibility for their data.

Hybrid and multi-cloud service options strategically store data using multiple resources, allowing organizations to benefit from multiple data storage and access solutions.

Ninety percent of enterprise organizations plan to utilize multiple clouds as part of their IT infrastructure over the next several years, prompting the rise of multi-cloud infrastructure management solutions, according to IDC Research.

IDC Research authors said that as cloud environments continue to become more complex, cloud management tools and processes may become outdated and struggle to keep up with the pace of IT innovation.

Multi-cloud storage is similar to hybrid storage, but uses multiple clouds to perform different tasks. Hybrid storage uses more than one cloud or server option, accessing data that is blended together between two or more infrastructure hosting solutions.

The main difference between hybrid and multi-cloud storage is that multi-cloud storage uses different cloud service models or providers for data because different clouds are better suited for different tasks.

Healthcare organizations are adopting the multi-cloud, which gives them the option to choose the cloud option and vendor suites for certain tools or data sets. While multi-cloud has many benefits, the different environments can be difficult to manage, especially if an organization is lacking at management tool that gives it visibility and control.

The use of open source tools, such as Kubernetes, allows organizations to have more control over their cloud environment and lets them customize aspects of it to accommodate multiple clouds from different vendors.

“As one of the fastest-growing open source projects, Kubernetes use is expected to explode as companies increasingly evolve towards cloud-native software development,” said Mirantis. “This course and certification ensures enterprises feel more secure when hiring a certified partner or developer. Cloud computing skills have progressed from being niche to mainstream as the world’s most in-demand skill set.”

Open source also gives organizations the opportunity to avoid vendor lock-in so they can use the tools best suited to their unique situation, instead of only using tools from one vendor because of compatibility issues.

Multi-cloud infrastructure continues to rise and healthcare organizations need to deploy management solutions to ensure all clinical data remains secure and visible. Cloud platforms built on open source code are easier to integrate together and into legacy health IT infrastructure. More vendors are building their platforms using opens source so organizations can use the right provider for each piece of their infrastructure. 

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