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Solutions

We've specialised in developing solutions that largely use Open Source and open industrial standards. All the projects we do involve a high level of automation as a matter of course, and measurability is every bit as natural to us as correctness.

As a supplier of consultants or entire software projects of our own in accordance with your requirements, we focused heavily on advanced training for our consultants so that they always remain at the cutting edge. As a result, we're secure in the knowledge that the solutions devised for our customers are stable and reliable after delivery.

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Cloud service strategy and technology

RedBridge works with strategy and technology in the field of open cloud services, from requirement analysis to implementation and administration. Many companies and organisations want to benefit from new opportunities offered by private and public cloud services in order to create a cost-effective, flexible IT environment, but how do they get started? RedBridge provides advice to customers as they face the issue of cloud services and cloud technologies. Our business intelligence and supplier contacts provide a firm foundation on which decisions to introduce cloud services can be based. Our consultants provide support during the introduction process and implement the changes to the business that this involves.

RedBridge can provide you with guidance and support in your change work by means of:

  • Requirement analysis
  • Looking at which IT environments are suitable for private and public cloud services respectively
  • Design and architecture
  • Introduction
  • Administration

Assignments are implemented by RedBridge's talented Cloud architects with familiar names who have an average of 10 years of industry experience in the field of IT/IS and extensive experience of IT management, organisation, processes, methods and systems in a number of industries. We use established methods, RedBridge's collective structural capital and our unique skills network in order to guarantee quality and efficiency in our assignments.

Redbridge Cloud

RedBridge's public cloud services by far the fastest and most cost- effective way of gaining access to dynamic cloud services today. The RedBridge Compute implementation is based on the market-leading Apache CloudStack and OpenStack architecture. RedBridge Cloud gives individual staff members a unique amount of freedom with a high degree of self service.

RedBridge Cloud is unique in the way in which it allows users to use not only web interfaces but also the underlying API calls.

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Migrating IT environments to the cloud

One trend that's becoming increasingly common involves transferring IT environments from a physical environment to the cloud. These environments can be migrated to a local or global supplier of cloud services. You should always have clear, convincing business reasons to make the switch to the cloud. The huge cost of maintaining a physical environment such as servers, storage and networks is often one underlying reason. Having your own environment frequently ties up a lot of capital, so you've overinvested for most of your contract period and underinvested during peak times. Cloud services mean you always have the right capacity.

All server load types and applications are candidates for a switch to the cloud. That said, there are exceptions on account of technical or business considerations, or a combination of the two.

Migrating to the cloud – the procedure

A multi-stage process is required to migrate a server environment to the cloud. Migrating to the cloud is no different to the traditional transferring of a server environment to a different supplier.

RedBridge uses a multi-stage process involving the following stages:

  1. Initial gathering of facts relating to the current situation
  2. Planning and design work
  3. Implementation of migration
  4. Fine tuning of the environment
  5. Going live with the environment

RedBridge has references and expertise for the entire process.

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Orchestration – for an efficient IT organisation that's neat and tidy

Do you spent too much time and money managing operating systems and basic applications? Do you not have the tools, expertise or methods for cost-effective operation of operating systems and basic applications? Is innovative change work impeded? The RedBridge orchestration service can help your organisation to become more productive. Automating the IT environment is the key to control and traceability throughout all elements of the IT environment. Traceability of changes gives you a good overview of what's been changed, when and by whom. Modern tools are used for installations, configurations and maintenance of operating systems and applications in a central, protected location. Authorised IT personnel make changes to configurations at a central repository and all changes are executed automatically for one or more applications and servers.

Orchestration and efficient routines guarantee you a stable, secure and cost-effective operating platform. Orchestration using tried and tested configuration tools minimises human error and ensures more effective utilisation of resources. A version management tool permits good traceability with documented changes. You can also go back to previous configurations with ease and minimise the need for backups of everything, just protecting important and unique data. Both the environment and routines are consistent and uniform throughout your organisation. Our consultants ensure that your IT organisation becomes more efficient and provide support for a change process in accordance with ITIL. Our orchestration service gives you a seamless environment that supports change work, giving you time for innovation rather than administration.

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Standardised Linux platform

To create an optimum Linux operating environment, you should define a basic installation. You can achieve cost-effective operation in terms of both handling and finance with a standardised Linux platform.

An automatic procedure reduces the number of errors in the installation process, provides a homogeneous production environment and ensures that the installation runs automatically.

The standardised RedBridge Linux environment is based on a number of issues underpinning the requirement specification that we'll work together to produce. We work on the basis of the requirement specification to build a template that has all the necessary configurations right from the outset, with no installation of unnecessary software. This template can be used for various types of configuration and purposes for Linux environments. We use well-known Open Source products such as Red Hat's Kickstart, Novell's Autoyast and so forth.

As a result, you'll be able to install new systems automatically with a minimum of manual effort. And you'll know your environment is configured correctly – and the same everywhere.

Administration tools

A wide variety of tools is available for administering and configuring a Linux server environment. RedBridge has experience of products from the major Linux distributors and a number of others:

  • Red Hat Satellite Server
  • Puppet
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • Cfengine

These tools can help you to simplify day-to-day operation:

  • Installation of new Linux servers based on RedBridge standardisation, for example
  • Server configuration
  • Server patching

As well as standardisation, you'll have an operating environment that's easy to administer and tools to help you manage both planned and unplanned actions.

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Big data

The Big Data concept can be hard to grasp, or to know where you should begin. We can help you to simplify and start using this new opportunity for better insight and decision support. We want to help you gather data and turn it into information that enhances your knowledge, hopefully leading to better decisions being made. Big Data isn't the same thing as major investments. It's more a new approach. In this case, it's best to start with smaller projects that you can then build on. Initially, it's best to view Big Data as a complement to existing systems that you can switch over to in time in order to meet new requirements and create new business opportunities.

Here at RedBridge, Big Data is equivalent to Apache Hadoop and other Open Source projects. We view Hadoop as an extension of what Open Source can achieve, and we work as close as possible to the various Apache Big Data projects. We specialise in building systems out of various Open Source products, and Big Data is no different. There are clear benefits from not tying yourself down to closed supplier solutions, and this is particularly true of new technology such as Big Data, where there's always lots going on.

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Software project quality assurance

Software is developed by people, and just like everything else people do it may sometimes include mistakes that lead to problems further online. We expect errors to occur and adapt the process and development infrastructure in order to tackle any errors as quickly as possible – before a mistake becomes a problem.

Here at RedBridge, testing – by our talented testers and using fully automated solutions – is a self-evident element of every software project. If we're to improve an existing system or avoid problems in new systems, it's important for us to feel secure in what we supply to our customers. Our view is that it should be possible to release a new version of a solution in any given instance without risking the production environments.

In order to detect errors in a project at an early stage, we have a standard platform that we're constantly improving and that gives us a great deal of security in respect of deliveries, as well as providing traceability and helping us to roll out new solutions quickly and seamlessly. And all thanks to a high level of automation.

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Licence management

Adopt a holistic approach to licence management and take control before your suppliers discover the shortcomings in your routines. What routines do you have in place to follow up on licence utilisation when investing in new hardware, or if business requirements change and your customers have to access an application via the Internet? One good way of following up licence utilisation is to implement what's known as a software asset management tool. This tool often allows you to find out when a contract is to be renegotiated. We can help you get your licences and contracts in order. We support you during procurement procedures or renegotiation of your current contracts.

Economising

How are your licensing costs affected by inheriting old architecture? Old architectures can be very costly. You can save a lot of money by designing a new architecture. We can help you to design a new architecture based on the best alternative from a financial standpoint.

Vendor lock-in

If you're tied in to a supplier's software, what does this involve? Do you have the opportunity to negotiate this with the supplier when the contract is renewed? Or is this impossible in practice, because the supplier knows you can't switch to products from another supplier? Using products from different suppliers so that you don't end up tied in requires a strategy so that staff and external consultants know which functionality they're allowed to use. We can help you set up guidelines to avoid you getting tied in!

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Consolidation

Application consolidation

Most people are familiar with the traditional database hotel. The idea is to run many database instances on the same software in order to save money, power and administration. Doing the same with application servers such as Apache, Tomcat or JBoss is no problem. Combine application consolidation with a clustered solution and get the best of two worlds.

Hardware consolidation

The hardware we use nowadays is more powerful, takes up less space and uses less power than ever before. Lots of companies experience problems with cooling and power consumption at their data centres. Rack-based systems have been replaced by blades, and the development of the number of cores on a processor is continuing alongside a trend towards higher clock speeds.

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Virtualisation

The majority of organisations and companies now virtualise their Microsoft environments and the development and test environments for their applications. The option of consolidating solutions/applications over fewer servers and thereby utilising server capacity more efficiently while also saving money is the main reason why companies go for virtualisation. Not only does it reduce costs massively, it also simplifies emergency resets, as well as improving uptime and increasing flexibility. This technology is extremely interesting thanks to the ability to use hardware more extensively, along with the quality of virtualisation software. VMware is the leading supplier and has a product portfolio to meet most requirements. Competitors such as Microsoft, Citrix and Red Hat have emerged over the past 2 to 3 years. They offer an interesting alternative to VMware thanks to their price models. They didn't have the functionality demanded previously, but nowadays the functionality is good enough.

RedBridge is able to offer solutions from four different suppliers with various hypervisors:

VMware with vSphere

Red Hat with KVM

The combination of blade technology, virtualisation and application consolidation provides a flexible, powerful and efficient platform on which to base operations.

References

RedBridge has implemented a large number of customers/reference consolidation processes relating to all of the above products and suppliers. Get in touch with us for more information.