Plan now to optimise cloud spend

Moving from a Capex and Capacity model to a Cost Control and Resource Optimisation approach is key to managing cloud spend effectively.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

The growth in cloud service use requires organisations to rethink their approach to IT spend. Moving from a Capex and Capacity model to a Cost Control and Resource Optimisation approach is fundamental if technology departments want to manage cloud spend effectively.

The cloud challenge

Many customers are excited by the opportunity that cloud presents, and while a small number have moved operational workloads, most are still testing the waters, with developers having access to Azure or AWS to spin up instances for application development and testing. Often, these instances are over-provisioned, or left running over weekends, resulting in significant and unexpected expense.

Customers with a cloud footprint of any significance are generally unaware of how much they are spending day to day, who is using cloud and what they are using it for. Limited visibility and complex cloud billing present real challenges. Unlike on-premises systems, the constraints of Capacity and Capex don’t apply in the world of cloud.

The bottom line is that businesses need to be proactive in managing costs, budget and spend when adopting cloud. Cost optimisation and good governance needs to be built into every cloud plan.

Create visibility

To begin with, businesses need visibility of the infrastructure resources and software licence usage, across on-premises and cloud environments. With this visibility, IT will not only gain insight into how to spend optimally, but how to lower risk at the same time, enabling the IT department to make real contributions to strategic, business-wide cost reduction and risk management initiatives.

Blue Turtle’s solutions deliver visibility, insight and automation for IT spend management, from software licence optimisation, workload assessment and cloud sizing, to real-time cloud resource right-sizing.

Optimise spend

Managing cloud spend has to be a primary goal, and Blue Turtle’s solutions deliver real-time spend optimisation, dynamically adjusting cloud resource allocation, as well as the ability to contextualise spend between business units and services in a multi-cloud environment, with the added benefit of trending and forecasting spend.

Enable operations efficiency

It’s great to clean up waste but better still to prevent it. This means automating cloud-use policies to root out anomalies such as unattached volumes and remove them; and making sure that cloud instances are created via approved templates to ensure the right placement, sizing, operating hours and security and operational policies are applied by design at deployment time, not reactively.

Blue Turtle’s service

Working with market-leading software vendors such as Flexera RightScale, Turbonomic, BMC and Morpheus, the Blue Turtle team are able to lower operating costs and improve operations and compliance, while reducing business risk at the same time.

Blue Turtle’s  approach enables business to understand their complex on-premises licence and infrastructure utilisation; optimise spend in a multi-cloud world; run workloads at optimum cost and performance; and ensure operational efficiency through automated provisioning, monitoring and governance.

Blue Turtle is now a Microsoft Cloud Platform Gold Partner

Through its alignment with Microsoft best practice, Blue Turtle Technologies helps businesses to assess, migrate to, optimise, secure and manage Microsoft Azure Cloud initiatives.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

Blue Turtle Technologies is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as Microsoft Gold Partner for the Cloud competency.

“Our appointment as a Microsoft Gold Partner for the Cloud competency is as a result of our investment in Azure competencies and the great support we have received from the Microsoft team in SA,” says Avash Maharaj, cloud business manager at Blue Turtle. “Today we are delivering a range of innovative solutions for cloud that deliver real value to customers.”

“Building our team and developing our Microsoft Cloud skills has enabled us to offer clients access to a range of services and all the advantages that go along with working with a Microsoft Gold Partner,” states Mervyn Yan, product manager at Blue Turtle. “It is a recognition of our capability to deliver, develop and deploy on Microsoft’s proven cloud platform, delivering both innovative software and ‘as-a-service’ offerings.”

Through its alignment with Microsoft best practice, Blue Turtle is helping businesses with their migration to Microsoft Azure, ensuring that the right workloads are moved to the cloud, where it makes financial and business sense. As part of its Azure services, the company already assists clients with discovery, assessment, migration, optimisation, operation and security for Azure.

“The cloud decision is not simple, and the actual move to it and adoption of it by business comes with potential challenges. A partner needs to understand how to identify the right workloads, get customers into the cloud efficiently and get them to operate in the cloud without cost consumption running out of control. The public cloud needs to be a feasible cost decision. Incorrect migration and sizing can damage the bottom line. What we do as Blue Turtle is get you into the cloud and keep you in the cloud,” concludes Yan.

Blue Turtle chooses RiverMeadow as its preferred Cloud Migration Platform

By delivering a seamless migration solution, RiverMeadow will foster greater agility, speed and flexibility for Blue Turtle customers in their adoption of cloud.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

RiverMeadow Software, the leading provider of multi-cloud automated cloud migration software, announced today that it has partnered with Blue Turtle, a leading South African provider of enterprise technology solutions. Blue Turtle delivers solutions that drive IT efficiency, support cloud adoption, and enable digital transformation and big-data initiatives.

Blue Turtle selected RiverMeadow’s Cloud Migration Platform to deliver a seamless cloud migration solution to its customers, complementing its cloud assessment and operations services. Supported by some of the world’s finest technology and best practice services, the collaboration with RiverMeadow will foster greater agility, speed and flexibility for Blue Turtle’s customers in their cloud adoption.

Speaking of the partnership, Martyn Healy, technology director at Blue Turtle, said: “In today’s results-driven market, it is critical that our customers can quickly and cost-effectively take advantage of cloud offerings. RiverMeadow’s integrated, end-to-end Cloud Migration Platform provides for a secure, fast, low-cost and low-risk migration of applications and workloads to the cloud, regardless of the scale or complexity. Delivered ‘as a service’ with fixed cost options, the combination of RiverMeadow and Blue Turtle makes this a great solution for our customers in their adoption of cloud.”

Graham Smith, executive vice-president of the EMEIA and Asia-Pacific region at RiverMeadow, said: “I am extremely proud of the recent collaboration with Blue Turtle. The partnership sees RiverMeadow join an elite group of global software leaders and emerging technology vendors to empower digital enablement. We are excited about the opportunities and look forward to accelerating Blue Turtle’s customers on their journey to the cloud.”

Blue Turtle automates and optimises move to Microsoft SA Data Centres

Blue Turtle automates and optimises move to Microsoft SA Data Centres

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

[Johannesburg, 19 June 2019]

 

As a Microsoft Data Centre Migration Partner, Blue Turtle offers customers the most effective route to Microsoft Azure Cloud

 

With the official launch of the Microsoft Data Centres in South Africa, Blue Turtle announces a suite of services that enables a customer’s journey to the Cloud.

 

Blue Turtle will deliver Azure Migration Services that encompass discovery, assessment, migration, optimisation, operation and security. The services leverage technologies, which analyse a customer’s existing environment, optimise system utilisation prior to migration, create the target Azure specification, assess Azure costs and provide for automated migration.

 

“This really is the moment that South African business has been waiting for. Those Cloud migration plans that have been on the backburner due to data sovereignty, network costs and security concerns are now a thing of the past,” says Avash Maharaj, head of Infrastructure and Operations at Blue Turtle.

 

“The challenge for customers is to determine what can be moved, migrate systems quickly and efficiently, manage the quality of service while avoiding cost overrun, both in the migration and then for on-going cloud use. Through our solutions, services and Microsoft partnership, we are uniquely positioned to be able to provide customers with a fool proof mechanism by which to evaluate cloud opportunities and exploit Azure in a controlled, speedy and cost-effective way.”

 

Blue Turtle is currently assisting a number of enterprise customers with assessments that will help them understand their environment, and plan and migrate in a controlled manner, allowing them to embrace the Microsoft Cloud offerings. According to Maharaj, whilst the roll out to the cloud can be done timeously, preparing for the process, understanding the costs and securing the budget are the key building blocks to a successful project. He urges customers not to take short cuts that in the long run will result in a poor return on investment.

 

While the company uses industry recognised frameworks, it is one of few partners in the region that is able to also provide migration, cost control, service monitoring and security capabilities. Furthermore, Blue Turtle is the African partner for Turbonomic, software that has been earmarked by Microsoft itself as a preferred solution to assist with workload automation for a hybrid cloud environment, and helps customers to optimise performance, compliance, and cost in real-time.

 

As an example, using Turbonomic, Cloud Services International a global consulting and technology services company, was able to expand its Azure footprint and automatically deliver the application performance and policy compliance the business needed – while at the same time reducing cloud spend by 20 percent.

 

“Our approach to customers who are looking to migrate workloads into the Microsoft Data Centres is to ensure they get the planning and assessments right, once this is in place we will architect the most appropriate plan for their migration – ensuring that the move is seamless.

 

“In 2018 research giant IDC estimated that cloud services in South Africa would generate nearly 112 000 new jobs in the country by 2022 and that spending on public cloud services will nearly triple over the next five years, up from R4.29 billion in 2017 to R11.53 billion in 2022. These figures are huge – but again we caution customers to ensure they map their cloud strategies properly before they take the leap,” ends Maharaj.

Blue Turtle partners with UiPath to deliver robotic process automation (RPA) services

Blue Turtle and UiPath partner to offer industry-leading automatisation solutions in the African region.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

[Johannesburg, 22 March 2019]

Blue Turtle Technologies, South Africa’s leading enterprise technology management company, is pleased to announce it has been appointed as an official reseller partner for UiPath, the leading enterprise robotic process automation (RPA) software company.

As a reseller partner, Blue Turtle will integrate UiPath’s RPA technology into its digital go-to-market. UiPath’s RPA solutions allow organisations to create a digital workforce to work side-by-side with employees, thereby freeing up human capital for more important customer-centric tasks. RPA also enables customers to have a more consistent, near real-time experience across an organisation’s digital channels.

“Robotic process automation has made it a lot easier for organisations to automate repetitive tasks performed by staff, thereby increasing efficiencies, improving customer service, reducing costs, increasing competitive edge and enabling market share growth,” said Justin Arnoldi, Head of Digital Transformation at Blue Turtle Technologies.

“UiPath provides an efficient, cost-effective RPA solution for a quicker return on investment, along with extensive support, a user community and a free online academy. Their solution integrates with existing systems and applications to streamline organisational workflows while allowing for scale and flexibility. UiPath integrates artificial intelligence from leading technology solutions providers and is continuously developing additional product features to train and manage business-ready models of machine learning. Working with UiPath, we will provide customers with support throughout the entire RPA implementation and expansion journey,” Arnoldi added.

Anand Nagwani, VP of Partnerships EMEA at UiPath, said: “We are thrilled to add Blue Turtle to our list of reselling partners, and drive further the adoption of RPA in a growing market. We are proud to empower their customer base and ultimately give people access to the best automation solution on the market and help them enjoy their jobs more.”

Digital innovation has become a critical element of a successful e-commerce business. Blue Turtle’s mission is to help clients integrate meaningful digital solutions to help them enhance efficiencies, reduce costs, enhance customer-centricity and further future-proof their organisation.

Blue Turtle can facilitate the implementation of UiPath’s RPA solutions.

Blue Turtle partners with ThreatMetrix to deliver mobile, Web transaction intelligence

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

[Johannesburg, 12 March 2019]

Blue Turtle Technologies, South Africa’s leading enterprise technology management company, has entered into an alliance with ThreatMetrix, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions company, as reseller of its leading fraud prevention solutions. Through the agreement, the company will now be able to deliver effortless authentication through digital user identification to customers in the Africa region.

Blue Turtle will integrate the ThreatMetrix software into its fintech solutions portfolio, where it aims to assist clients in unlocking the power of fraud prevention. With ThreatMetrix ID, an advanced digital identity technology, customers can better button down their security no matter the industry.

“Mobile app and Web-based user interactions continue to increase across devices and industries. This opens the way for increasing fraudulent activity, which forces companies to look at added security to minimise their losses, plus maintain and grow their customer base without additional inconvenience and risk to customers,” says Justin Arnoldi, Head of Digital Transformation at Blue Turtle Technologies.

ThreatMetrix ID uses global shared intelligence from over 185 countries to establish a unique alphanumeric ID for each user on its Digital Identity Network, whether through mobile or Web. Its advanced authentication solution uses machine learning and big data to detect, in real-time, when behaviour deviates from trusted and established connections, and when additional steps are required for customer authentication.

“Being able to identify and track the behaviour of a client not only adds layers of security, but can dramatically increase sales conversion rates and ensure that fraud, security and payment operations run more efficiently,” adds Arnoldi.

ThreatMetrix can deliver universal fraud and authentication decisioning across key use cases, such as new customer onboarding, authentication for returning users and fraud prevention for digital payments.

ThreatMetrix provides an end-to-end platform for digital identity intelligence and trust decisioning, and as part of its parent company, LexisNexis Risk Solutions provides a comprehensive view of users, which spans online and offline identity attributes. It is able to detect high-risk transactions and dynamically score them, enabling digital businesses to safely grow online revenue and personalise the digital experience for trusted customers.

“ThreatMetrix is delighted to be working with the Digital Transformation team at Blue Turtle, where we will ensure that digital transactions across Africa continue to accelerate, and customers are safe in the knowledge that we are keeping the fraudsters at bay,” said Marc Lee, Vice-President Sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa from ThreatMetrix. “As digital and mobile commerce in the region continues to grow, businesses need to invest in technologies that enable them to assess each and every transaction in real-time, in the context of the true digital identity of the user, based on historical data seen across multiple Web sites and apps.”

Digital transformation has become a critical element of a successful e-commerce business. Blue Turtle’s mission is to help clients integrate meaningful solutions to help them engage, transact, gain insight and, more accurately, predict customer behaviour. Blue Turtle can facilitate the implementation of ThreatMetrix.

Developers can embed workflows automatically with Control-M Automation API from Blue Turtle

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

[Johannesburg, 12 March 2019]

Blue Turtle Technologies is assisting developers to better manage and track testing environments with Control-M Automation API, an extension of the Control-M suite that enables developers to embed workflows automatically during development. The benefit of this is diagnosing and addressing errors sooner, while at the same time improving the reliability of applications.

As only one of nine global BMC platinum partners, Blue Turtle currently boasts the largest Control-M resource pool in Africa and services more than 27 customers in the region. The company has been recognised as the Control-M partner of the year in SEMEA for the last three years consecutively.

“The speed at which developers need to deliver on and roll out applications that support digital transformation, often leads to errors and bugs in code as there is little time between testing and deployment,” states Simon Shaw at Blue Turtle Technologies. “Speed is not the only issue here, and these errors can in part be attributed to inconsistencies between production and testing workflows. This is where Control-M Automation API steps in and enables developers and Devops teams to embed Job-As-Code approach right from the get-go.

“Leveraging industry best standards, this Agile approach to development makes use of JSON notations for job definitions and GIT and RESTful APIs for the validation, configuration and deployment purposes.”

With Control-M Automation API developers can now build automation into their process and speed up the steps to production, this then affords them visibility into what their production workflows look like before they are up and running. The tool also enables seamless integration and alignment to existing business processes and aligns developers to operations – to ensure that all work being done is executed on a consistent platform.

There is no actual scripting required to deploy the Job-As-Code approach as this is already embedded in Control-M Automation API, however additional APIs and CLIs are provided to assist in the workflow coding, building, testing, running, packaging, deploying, provisioning, configuration and management.

The offering also includes Control-M Workbench, a free to download standalone development environment that provides the user the ability to test their job flows without requiring additional services. Workbench is also Control-M ready to use in a sandbox mode as a virtual appliance and runs on all major OS environments. It has a Web GUI for simple debugging and testing of workflows, and supports run and tracking of jobs, syntax validation, managing Control-M environments and packaging of job and configuration objects.

“Control-M Automation API is the perfect accompaniment to a developer’s toolbox as it makes the entire process of development to delivery seamless and error free. At Blue Turtle we have been invited by vendor partner BMC to attend an exclusive internal Control-M training and enhancement programme. We believe this will provide us with unprecedented access to technical and development experts, the learning transfer of which will be of direct benefit to our Control-M customers,” ends Shaw.

Pre- and post-sales support, technical assistance, project scoping and sales of Control-M Automation API is available immediately through Blue Turtle Technologies.

Increased role of SAM in corporate governance

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

[Johannesburg, 8 March 2019]

With the evolution of software asset management (SAM) over the past five years, corporate South Africa has increasingly turned to Blue Turtle and its managed service offering on Flexera FNMS (FlexNet Management System).

Customers are viewing it as a solution to support improved corporate governance through comprehensive licence management to ensure better alignment of process, practice and business. In short, it is able to manage and control extreme complexities in both licensing and infrastructure.

“SAM has grown past its initial promise of asset management and is today being used by the vast majority of our corporate clients as a means to better get ahead of their software audits, as a means to reduce their risk appetite and better highlight process control shortfalls,” states Nico Erasmus, Senior SAM Consultant at Blue Turtle Technologies.

“While the original idea behind investing in a SAM solution is that it can help to lower software costs in a business (and while this is still a factor), it can also identify areas where organisations need to spend more in order to be compliant. The real benefit of an effective SAM solution can be evidenced in its ability to proactively manage software and drive down costs by ensuring effective use of the applications within your business, for example, the ability to audit desktop software and provide compliance views of ‘high-cost’ data centre software.

According to Erasmus, most of the top South African banking groups and top financial services groups are either already using Flexera FNMS or are in the process of deployment and adoption of the solution. These organisations have chosen to implement a SAM solution to help address their unbudgeted software spend and reduce compliance risk.

Customers initially want the solution out of concern of regulatory indiscretions and/or loss of control of their IT estate, which they want to understand before an auditor comes through the door. Key to deploying a successful SAM solution is helping customers to uncover the unknowns in a business and then put them in the know.

SAM solutions with Flexera help a business to identify what it can do/procure better, provides insights into how asset acquisition can be improved, and highlights how business processes can be implemented so future manual mistakes don’t creep in. Key functionality built into Flexera FNMS includes: IT asset discovery and inventory, software inventory normalisation, purchased versus installed/consumed licence reconciliation, licence optimisation for desktop software and a management dashboard and reporting.

“Our customers are doing some incredible things with Flexera FNMS and are gaining a better understanding of their licence entitlements and deployed software estates. It allows them to have a record of and visibility into their risk, because if you don’t have accurate record-keeping, you don’t have true visibility, which is a real risk,” ends Erasmus.

Blue Turtle currently boasts the largest and most skilled SAM team in the region and is able to assist with architecting, designing, deploying and maintaining the Flexera FNMS solution.

Veridium, Blue Turtle partner to offer leading biometrics security software in Africa

Blue Turtle partners with Veridium to deliver revolutionary frictionless customer on-boarding with a multi-factor biometric authentication platform.

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

[Johannesburg, 1 March 2019]

SA’s leading enterprise technology management company, is pleased to announce it has been appointed as an official reseller partner for Veridium, a leading developer of user-centric authentication solutions.

As a reseller partner, Blue Turtle will integrate Veridium’s biometric technology into its digital transformation go-to-market offerings. Veridium’s technology solutions allow organisations to embed biometrics, including face, fingerprint and 4 Fingers TouchlessID, into enterprise environments, eliminating the need for passwords and tokens. The partnership will enable customers to unlock the power of real-time customer biometric authentication and on-boarding.

“Fast, secure, reliable and low-maintenance access control has become paramount for most organisations,” said Justin Arnoldi, Head of Digital Transformation at Blue Turtle Technologies. “The use of access cards, PINs, passwords and tokens is not always reliable, which is why customers are starting to look to multi-factor biometrics as an alternative to more traditional access control, in a bid to prevent fraudulent access to premises, accounts or data.”

“As demand increases dramatically for better enterprise security, there is no question that organisations are looking for a more iron-clad security platform, using biometric authentication,” said James Stickland, CEO, Veridium. “We’re thrilled about our partnership with Blue Turtle Technologies, which will continue to help organisations in Africa increase security and productivity for all employees, without adding any friction to the experience.”

The company’s current product portfolio includes the VeridiumID platform that allows organisations to easily embed biometrics including face, fingerprint, 4 Fingers TouchlessID and behavioural biometrics, all within the company’s Authenticator App. The company also has several pre-built business adaptors that integrate with Microsoft Active Directory and Azure, Citrix StoreFront, NetScaler, ShareFile and Cloud Services, RADIUS, SAML, OpenID and WSO2.

“Working with Veridium, we will provide customer support throughout the entire Veridium value chain, from acquisition through to implementation and support, ensuring both physical and data security along the way,” said Arnoldi.

Digital transformation has become a critical element of a successful e-commerce business. Blue Turtle’s mission is to help clients integrate meaningful solutions to help them engage, transact, gain insight and more accurately predict customer behaviour. The ability to remotely identify a new prospective customer via biometrics provides core “know your customer” capabilities, and having this validated by a trusted third party provides true remote on-boarding.

The benefits of Veridium’s biometric authentication platform will be made available immediately to new and existing clients of Blue Turtle.

Blue Turtle can facilitate the implementation of Veridium’s biometric authentication solutions. For more information, e-mail info@blueturtle.co.za.

Blue Turtle simplifies file transfers, enables digital business automation with BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer

Issued by: Blue Turtle Technologies

[Johannesburg, 1 March 2019]

Blue Turtle Technologies is assisting Africa-wide companies with streamlining and simplifying otherwise tricky and resource-intensive file transfers. With the latest iteration of BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer (MFT), customers can now control their full transfer requirements as well as gain visibility into the status of internal and external file transfers.

Today, Blue Turtle is one of only nine BMC Platinum partners globally, a partnership that extends more than 15 years. Through the partnership, Blue Turtle is in the ideal position to assist customers with the seamless delivery, scoping, implementation and support of their Control-M MFT environment.

“Many of our customers still sit with the challenge of moving large files between a vast array of complex systems and applications, something that is still largely an arduous manual process,” states Simon Shaw at Blue Turtle Technologies. “With Control-M MFT, they are able to remove the risk of human intervention while taking advantage of a solution that supports a single point of control, and that has enhanced security and encryption features.”

According to Shaw, one of the primary features of Control-M MFT is that it allows the user to build, schedule and manage file transfers in the same way they would any other “batch job”. By removing manual intervention, a client can reduce data losses and errors, while at the same time improving visibility and control. From a security point of view, it supports enhanced file transfer security via FTP, SFTP, FTP over SSL, HTTP/S or PGP encryption, while also being FIPS complaint.

Notably, the system also aligns file transfers with business processes, and, through an intuitive dashboard, an administrator can gain visibility into the status of scheduled transfers, as well as leverage its search functionality to find files. Furthermore, you can now build your own file transfer server, manage transfers with external business partners, and integrate with third-party systems such as IBM Sterling Connect:Direct.

Blue Turtle is also pleased to announce that new and existing customers can now take advantage of a slew of new capabilities, including:

B2B Hub: File transfer server that manages external file transfers and allows for virtual users and folders that can be associated with external business partners.
B2B Gateway: Listens for incoming SFTP, FTPS, and HTTP/S connections from external accounts.
B2B File Exchange: Web-based interface that external business partners can use to connect to the B2B Gateway to upload and download files.

“Compliance is a big issue for business today and Control-M MFT ensures traceable compliance with every single file transfer, leaving a trace for you to view and report on to ensure data integrity. Clients are most drawn to the speed at which it conducts transfers, as well as its ability to restart a transfer directly from a point of failure,” ends Shaw.

Pre- and post-sales support, technical assistance, project scoping and sales of BMC Control-M MFT is available immediately through Blue Turtle Technologies.

For more information, contact info@blueturtle.co.za.