If not cloud, what? If not now, when?

What is Cloud Computing?

 

Most Saudi businesses and their IT teams have embraced that Cloud Computing is a reality. What puzzles them is which cloud provider to go with. Some businesses cite fears of information security and unauthorized access to their confidential data. Others are skeptical about the hidden costs. While some others worry about vendor lock-in and unavailability of local backup of their data on the cloud.

We have solved the Cloud Puzzle

Cloud infrastructure has been at the core of NourNet’s strategy since 2013 when we launched the first generation of our cloud services. Since then, we’ve been working with hundreds of Saudi businesses helping their cloud journey by planning, executing and managing their cloud workloads. In addition, we’ve been enriching our cloud offering regularly so that our customers get the best value for their infrastructure investments.

Vendor Neutral Cloud Orchestrator

NourNet today is Saudi Arabia’s only vendor-agnostic Cloud Orchestrator. We offer IaaS and PaaS on the following cloud platforms:

 

  • Hosting on our public cloud
  • Private cloud hosting in our data center
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Oracle PCA-based Cloud
  • SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud (HEC) based Cloud

This approach is driven by our customers. When we ventured into cloud services, cloud hosting was a novice concept in Saudi Arabia. Some customers were not sure as to how to go about it and those who were aware were skeptical of keeping their data outside Saudi Arabia. This became the primary reason why we begun by offering a 100% Saudi cloud. The traction was slow to begin with, but our local cloud adoption picked up and by the end of 2016, we had already launched 2nd generation of our cloud services.

 

By then, International vendors also started to pitch their cloud offerings to Saudi customers. We evaluated our options and concluded that adding international cloud services to our local offering would provide a good hybrid option to our customers. There are multiple reasons for this hybrid strategy.

1.      Legacy Infrastructure

Almost all Saudi businesses started by hosting their production workloads, on-prem. While many customers have opted for hosting one or more subsequent services with a cloud provider, it is often difficult to move the production workloads to a cloud infrastructure of their choice. Hence both on-prem and on-cloud workloads need to be supported

 

2.      Skillset

Since most cloud providers offer un-managed infrastructure, different customers opt for different cloud platforms depending upon the skillset their team has. Over time, as it happens, the skillset of IT teams changes due to people leaving or new people joining. Consequently, customers end up having a truly hybrid environment with multiple workloads on multiple platforms

 

3.      Cloud Infrastructure Availability

Since none of the International cloud providers have an in-Kingdom infrastructure as yet, customers have multiple considerations to opt for one over the other. Sometimes it is the Internet latency, other times it is native integration with their applications and some other times it is promotions from a certain cloud provider.

For a customer-driven organization like NourNet, it therefore became clear that we won’t be able to support a large segment of our customers if we get into a lock-in partnership with one international cloud provider. That is the reason why NourNet today offers multiple options when it comes to cloud infrastructure.

Interesting stats about our cloud services

 

How are our Cloud services different?

Accessible over KSA’s most advanced MPLS network and multiple Internet providers

Our cloud infrastructure is accessible over Saudi Arabia’s most advanced MPLS network. Our network covers the length and breadth of the Kingdom and offers a multitude of lastmile media. It is backhauled by multiple telecom operators to ensure service availability 24×7. If customers want to access our cloud over the internet, they could do so over multiple Internet service providers.

Backed by Managed Services

We’re one of the few cloud providers who offer cloud infrastructure along with optional managed services at very cost-effective rates. This relieves your IT team from managing your infrastructure on our or an international cloud so that they may focus on more meaningful tasks such as IT initiatives to support business growth.

24×7 Monitoring

Our cloud infrastructure is monitored 24×7 under an ITIL service management framework by a team of engineers who have advanced skills in all components. So you can be at peace that someone is watching over the infrastructure which hosts your crucial business applications.

 

Highly Secured

We have deployed multiple levels of security at the physical infrastructure level. In additional, your virtual servers are protected by antivirus software. Internet facing virtual servers are protected by web application firewall. Customers also have the option to further protect

their Internet applications by DDoS services which ensures availability of your Internet based services.

 

No Hidden costs

Many local and international cloud providers do not reveal true cost of ownership. The devil is only revealed when you’ve signed up and get into the details. Not with us. Our proposals and contracts provide 100% visibility and predictability into the expenses.

 

Scalable

NourNet cloud services are scalable so that you don’t have to invest in over-sized infrastructure to cater for peak loads. You can start small and then increase the size of your infrastructure permanently or temporarily, as the need be.

 

Zero capex, only Opex

There’s no upfront investment that we ask for. Just pay a fixed monthly charge and you’re good to go.

 

Elastic

We do not force you to buy a minimum set of services. Start where you want to and then increase or decrease your consumption as per your business requirement.

Our Cloud Services

Virtual Servers

Virtual server on NourNet cloud is our basic cloud offering. Alongside basic compute, memory and storage, VMs come with options of Windows and Linux operating systems, antivirus, backup and managed services.

 

Backup as a Service

Our backup as a service is best suited for customers who have an on-prem infrastructure and who want to have an off-site backup. The service is also ideal for customers who have their primary workloads on Microsoft Azure but want to keep their primary or backup data within Saudi Arabia for compliance reasons. Microsoft Office 365 customers can opt for the service to have a local copy of their mailboxes.

We offer multiple options of backup on our cloud.

 

Disaster Recovery as a Service

Every business knows that recovering from natural disasters, fires, and terrorist activities is difficult. However not every business realizes that disruptions caused by server breakdown, cyber attacks and power outages can also have a significant impact on business continuity and business’s credibility.

 

NourNet offers disaster recovery solution on our cloud.

 

DR on our Cloud

This is the most cost-effective option for a disaster recovery solution for your business. Whether your primary application infrastructure is on your own premises, is hosted in a provider data center like NourNet or is on an international cloud like Microsoft Azure or AWS, we offer a virtual DR service on the cloud. We achieve this by creating an environment which is similar to your primary environment and depending upon your recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO), we setup the replication to be either continuous or timed.

 

Customers also opt for business continuity workspaces (hot seats) to enable their IT team to continue running the IT infrastructure in case their primary location of operation becomes unavailable.

Oracle PCA-based Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle is a world leader when it comes to providing ERP and other business applications, on-prem and on the cloud under a SaaS model. However, a number of Saudi businesses are unable to take advantage of Oracle’s SaaS’s offering due to their workloads being too small to qualify or have to comply to data sovereignty compliance. Such customers are compelled to opt for hosting Oracle applications on-prem or on a hosting provider’s data center on standard servers. That is an expensive proposition considering the high TCO. The problem doubles when such customers are required to create their disaster recovery sites.

 

To provide a cost-effective Oracle infrastructure to such customers, NourNet has invested in a cloud environment based on Oracle’s Private Cloud Appliance (PCA). It offers customers a native Oracle environment with up to 40% savings on Oracle software licensing costs.

What is PCA-based Cloud?

PCA is a converged infrastructure system aimed to provide turnkey Oracle cloud. A consolidated platform for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications, PCA integrates with NourNet cloud and all public clouds, notably Microsoft Azure, AWS and Oracle’s own cloud.

 

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance also accelerates application stack deployment through support for Oracle VM Templates— pre-configured applications, middleware, and databases packaged as ready-to-run VMs that can be dynamically configured as they are deployed.

 

Our PCA-based cloud is ideal for customers to deploy their primary or backup Oracle application workloads. If the primary workload is on-premise, our PCA-based cloud infrastructure could be the backup workload. If the primary workload is on our PCA-based cloud, backup workload could be at NourNet public cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services or customer’s own disaster recovery site.

Our Oracle PCA-based cloud delivers:

 

  • A complete stack solution integrating Oracle or third-party operating systems, Oracle VM, Oracle x86 servers, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, Oracle Virtual Networking, and Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Converged  Infrastructure         control     for rapid configuration, management, and provisioning of all server, network, and storage resources
  • A unified, software-defined network fabric allowing new networks to be dynamically added and existing networks to be modified without the need to manually modify cabling
  • Support for a wide variety of guest operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Oracle Solaris
  • Support for customer provided storage from Oracle and storage from other vendors
  • Unified, secure management with browser-based, at-a-glance visibility of all hardware components and secure, encrypted remote access

Tangible Benefits

  • Reduce power, cooling and data center space cost by up to 75%
  • Reduce hardware cost by running all application on a single hardware platform
  • Reduce operational cost by up to 80%
  • Increase application performance by up to 30%
  • Achieve up to 5 times better price-performance ratio

    Hana Enterprise Cloud (HEC) based SAP Infrastructure

     

    SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is an all-in-one solution for delivering SAP solution in the cloud. However, several Saudi businesses find it technical difficult to adapt to SAP HANA offering. This is mainly because they lack in resources and expertise to operate their own data center. On the other hand, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions address only the infrastructure layer of the solution stack—and lack the customizability that organizations typically require. By contrast, the ideal solution will allow you to focus on innovation, adopt an adaptive, scalable operating model, reduce time and cost to go-live, and provide comprehensive SLAs and coordinated managed services across your solution landscape.

     

    Keeping these considerations in mind, NourNet offers a SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud solution. A fully scalable and secure managed cloud service, it empowers IT team to focus on supporting business innovation and transformation. It also helps reduce application management risks significantly.

     

    Our solution is based on the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud reference architecture which is acknowledged as the defacto industry standard for running SAP HANA in the cloud. Validated by SAP, this private cloud provides a complete solution including:

     

    • Enterprise applications
    • Infrastructure and cloud managed services
    • Application management services
    • Security

     

    Customer Benefits

    • Reliable hosting environment Faster time-to-value
    • Zero hardware investment
    • Backed by managed services
    • Reduced cost and risk

MS AZURE

NourNet is a tier-1 Microsoft Cloud Solution Partner (CSP). We offer managed hosting services on Microsoft Azure.

Migration
Our architects and engineers can help build a highly automated migration ‘factory’ that utilizes System Center and PowerShell to streamline the process of moving existing workloads to Microsoft Azure. Deliver more dynamic infrastructure Solutions at lower costs by migrating from legacy operating systems to a modern Solution on Azure. Microsoft can also run the factory, delivering compelling per-VM migration costs and freeing your staff to work on higher value activities.

Integration
We can help further integrate Microsoft Azure with your management tools, development processes, and operational models. From technical integration with a change management database, to operational consulting, to implement ITIL based management of the cloud, we can help make Azure fit your world.

Support
Our team helps businesses maximize uptime, reduce cost and complexity, and accelerate cloud implementation through enhanced technical support, Microsoft Azure specialized expertise, and proactive services to address the needs of organizations running infrastructure and applications in the Cloud.

We have solved the Cloud Puzzle

Cloud infrastructure has been at the core of NourNet’s strategy since 2013 when we launched the first generation of our cloud services. Since then, we’ve been working with hundreds of Saudi businesses helping their cloud journey by planning, executing and managing their cloud workloads. In addition, we’ve been enriching our cloud offering regularly so that our customers get the best value for their infrastructure investments.

Most Saudi businesses and their IT teams have embraced that Cloud Computing is a reality. What prevents them is which cloud provider to go with? Some businesses cite fears of information security and unauthorized access to their confidential data. Others are skeptical about the hidden costs. While others worry about vendor lock-in and unavailability of local backup of their data on the cloud.
 

Salient features of our cloud infrastructure
Cloud infrastructure has been the at the core of NourNet’s strategy since 2013 when we launched the first generation of our cloud services. Since then, we’ve been working with hundreds of Saudi businesses helping their cloud journey by planning, executing and managing their cloud workloads. In addition, we’ve been enriching our cloud offering regularly so that our customers get the best value for their infrastructure investments.

Cloud hosting options

NourNet offers multiple hosting options:
NourNet offers multiple hosting options:
1.Private cloud infrastructure
2.Hybrid hosting between public cloud and dedicated infrastructure at customer premises and/or in NourNet data center
3.Public cloud hosting at NourNet public cloud, Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services

Interesting stats

How are our Cloud services different?

Accessible over KSA’s most advanced MPLS network and multiple Internet providers
Our cloud infrastructure is accessible over Saudi Arabia’s most advanced MPLS network. Our network covers the length and breadth of the Kingdom and offers a multitude of lastmile media. It is backhauled by multiple telecom operators to ensure service availability 24×7. If customers want to access our cloud over the internet, they could do so over multiple Internet service providers.

Backed by Managed Services
We’re one of the few cloud providers who offer cloud infrastructure along with optional managed services at very cost-effective rates. This relieves your IT team from managing your infrastructure on our or an international cloud so that they may focus on more meaningful tasks such as IT initiatives to support business growth.

24×7 Monitoring
Our cloud infrastructure is monitored 24×7 under an ITIL service management framework by a team of engineers who have advanced skills in all components. So you can be at peace that someone is watching over the infrastructure which hosts your crucial business applications.

Highly Secured

We have deployed multiple levels of security at the physical infrastructure level. In additional, your virtual servers are protected by antivirus software. Internet facing virtual servers are protected by web application firewall. Customers also have the option to further protect their Internet applications by DDoS services which ensures availability of your Internet based services.

No Hidden costs
Many local and international cloud providers do not reveal true cost of ownership. The devil is only revealed when you’ve signed up and get into the details. Not with us. Our proposals and contracts provide 100% visibility and predictability into the expenses.

Scalable
NourNet cloud services are scalable so that you don’t have to invest in over-sized infrastructure to cater for peak loads. You can start small and then increase the size of your infrastructure permanently or temporarily, as the need be.

Zero capex, only Opex
There’s no upfront investment that we ask for. Just pay a fixed monthly charge and you’re good to go.

Elastic
We do not force you to buy a minimum set of services. Start where you want to and then increase or decrease your consumption as per your business requirement.

Vendor Neutral Cloud Services

Having started as a local cloud service provider in 2013, NourNet has graduated to become Saudi Arabia’s only truly vendor-agnostic cloud services provider. We offer IaaS and PaaS on the following cloud platforms:

• Hosting on our public cloud
• Private cloud hosting in our data center
• Microsoft Azure
• Amazon Web Services (AWS)

This approach is driven by our customers. When we ventured into cloud services, cloud hosting was a novice concept in Saudi Arabia. Some customers were not sure as to how to go about it and those who were aware were skeptical of keeping their data outside Saudi Arabia. This became the primary reason why we begun by offering a 100% Saudi cloud. The traction was slow to begin with, but our local cloud adoption picked up and by the end of 2016, we had already launched 2nd generation of our cloud services.

By then, International vendors also started to pitch their cloud offerings to Saudi customers. We evaluated our options and concluded that adding international cloud services to our local offering would provide a good hybrid option to our customers. There are multiple reasons for this hybrid strategy.

1. Legacy Infrastructure

Almost all Saudi businesses started by hosting their production workload on-prem. While many customers have opted for hosting one or more subsequently services with a cloud provider, it is often difficult to move the production workloads to a cloud infrastructure of their choice. Hence both on-prem and on-cloud workloads need to be supported

2. Skillset
Since most cloud providers offer un-managed infrastructure, different customers opt for different cloud platforms depending upon the skillset their team had. Over time, as it happens, the skillset of IT teams changes due to people leaving or new people joining. Consequently, customers end up having a truly hybrid environment with multiple workloads on multiple platforms

3. Cloud Infrastructure Availability
Since none of the International cloud providers have an in-Kingdom infrastructure, customers have multiple considerations for opting for one over the other. Sometimes it is the Internet latency, other times it is native integration with their applications and other times it could promotions/offering from a certain cloud provider at a certain point in time.

For a customer-driven organization like NourNet, it therefore became clear that we won’t be able to support a large cross-section of our customers if we get into a lock-in partnership with one international cloud provider. That is the reason why, NourNet today offers multiple options when it comes to cloud infrastructure.

Cloud Backup Service

Virtual Servers
Virtual server on NourNet cloud is our basic cloud offering. Alongside basic compute, memory and storage, VMs come with options of Windows and Linux operating systems, antivirus, backup and managed services.

Backup as a Service
Our backup as a service is best suited for customers who have an on-prem infrastructure and who want to have an off-site backup. The service is also ideal for customers who have their primary workloads on Microsoft Azure but want to keep their primary or backup data within Saudi Arabia for compliance reasons. Microsoft Office 365 customers can opt for the service to have a local copy of their mailboxes.

We offer multiple options of backup on our cloud.

Cloud Disaster Recovery Service

Every business knows that recovering from natural disasters, fires, and terrorist activities is difficult. However not every business realizes that disruptions caused by server breakdown, cyber attacks and power outages can also have a significant impact on business continuity and business’s credibility.

NourNet offers disaster recovery solution on our cloud.

DR on our Cloud
This is the most cost-effective option for a disaster recovery solution for your business. Whether your primary application infrastructure is on your own premises, is hosted in a provider data center like NourNet or is on an international cloud like Microsoft Azure or AWS, we offer a virtual DR service on the cloud. We achieve this by creating an environment which is similar to your primary environment and depending upon your recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO), we setup the replication to be either continuous or timed.

Customers also opt for business continuity workspaces (hot seats) to enable their IT team to continue running the IT infrastructure in case their primary location of operation becomes unavailable.

Oracle is a world leader when it comes to providing ERP and other business applications, on-prem and on the cloud under a SaaS model. However, a number of Saudi businesses are unable to take advantage of Oracle’s SaaS’s offering due to their workloads being too small to qualify or have to comply to data sovereignty compliance. Such customers are compelled to opt for hosting Oracle applications on-prem or on a hosting provider’s data center on standard servers. That is an expensive proposition considering the high TCO. The problem doubles when such customers are required to create their disaster recovery sites.

To provide a cost-effective Oracle infrastructure to such customers, NourNet has invested in a cloud environment based on Oracle’s Private Cloud Appliance (PCA). It offers customers a native Oracle environment with up to 40% savings on Oracle software licensing costs.

What is PCA-based Cloud?
PCA is a converged infrastructure system aimed to provide turnkey Oracle cloud. A consolidated platform for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications, PCA integrates with NourNet cloud and all public clouds, notably Microsoft Azure, AWS and Oracle’s own cloud.

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance also accelerates application stack deployment through support for Oracle VM Templates— pre-configured applications, middleware, and databases packaged as ready-to-run VMs that can be dynamically configured as they are deployed.

Our PCA-based cloud is ideal for customers to deploy their primary or backup Oracle application workloads. If the primary workload is on-premise, our PCA-based cloud infrastructure could be the backup workload. If the primary workload is on our PCA-based cloud, backup workload could be at NourNet public cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services or customer’s own disaster recovery site.
Our Oracle PCA-based cloud delivers:

A complete stack solution integrating Oracle or third-party operating systems, Oracle VM, Oracle x86 servers, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, Oracle Virtual Networking, and Oracle Enterprise Manager
Converged Infrastructure control for rapid configuration, management, and provisioning of all server, network, and storage resources
A unified, software-defined network fabric allowing new networks to be dynamically added and existing networks to be modified without the need to manually modify cabling
Support for a wide variety of guest operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Oracle Solaris
Support for customer provided storage from Oracle and storage from other vendors
Unified, secure management with browser-based, at-a-glance visibility of all hardware components and secure, encrypted remote access

Tangible Benefits
• Reduce power, cooling and data center space cost by up to 75%
• Reduce hardware cost by running all application on a single hardware platform
• Reduce operational cost by up to 80%
• Increase application performance by up to 30%
• Achieve up to 5 times better price-performance ratio

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is an all-in-one solution for delivering SAP solution in the cloud. However, several Saudi businesses find it technical difficult to adapt to SAP HANA offering. This is mainly because they lack in resources and expertise to operate their own data center. On the other hand, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions address only the infrastructure layer of the solution stack—and lack the customizability that organizations typically require. By contrast, the ideal solution will allow you to focus on innovation, adopt an adaptive, scalable operating model, reduce time and cost to go-live, and provide comprehensive SLAs and coordinated managed services across your solution landscape.

Keeping these considerations in mind, NourNet offers a SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud solution. A fully scalable and secure managed cloud service, it empowers IT team to focus on supporting business innovation and transformation. It also helps reduce application management risks significantly.

Our solution is based on the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud reference architecture which is acknowledged as the defacto industry standard for running SAP HANA in the cloud. Validated by SAP, this private cloud provides a complete solution including:

• Enterprise applications
• Infrastructure and cloud managed services
• Application management services
• Security

Customer Benefits
• Reliable hosting environment Faster time-to-value
• Zero hardware investment
• Backed by managed services
• Reduced cost and risk



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