Environment as a Service provides on-demand access to automated environments for different purposes like software development, lab equipment testing, security, demos, and training. And DevOps teams can achieve environments at scale, from dev all the way to production.
What is Environment as a Service?
So What is an Environment?
An Environment is a collection of components that need to be provisioned, deployed and orchestrated in order to perform a task – like developing, testing, demoing or deploying to production. The environment consists of applications and 3rd party services, deployed on infrastructure, and in some cases also data.
The important thing about an environment is that it is not limited to any single technology –
the scope of the environment is the business need.
Why should business leaders care about environment as a service?
Digital Transformation. That’s why.
There is no mystery—Environment as a Service is simply a way for your teams to focus on your applications and your business processes. For teams to develop, deploy, and demo their applications, they need ongoing access to environments—preferably exact replicas of your production environments. Turning environment provisioning into a one-click service is key to digital transformation. Faster, dependable environment delivery helps your organization lower costs and risks.
Environment as a Service Drives Revenue
If your applications are customer-facing, Environment as a Service helps your sales teams run more demos in a fraction of the time, in turn accelerating revenue. After all, your sales engineers need time to spin up environments that demo your applications to your customers—and time kills deals.
Environment as a Service accelerates sales deals.
Abstracting Away Infrastructure Complexity and Lock-in
"Don't look to simplify applications—look to simplify their management. Don't fixate on basic cloud infrastructure: focus on the application and how a number of services enable it."
What is the difference between Environment as a Service (EaaS) and CMP (Cloud Management Platform)?
Cloud Management Platform (CMP)
- IT centric
- Focus on Service
- Cross organization
- Monitoring Resources
- CMDB/Inventory approach, discovery
- Configuration Management approach
- Orchestration Gap
Environment as a Service (EaaS)
- End User Centric
- Focus on Service
- Cross Value Stream
- Automated Data Generation and Collection
- Blueprint/Environment approach
- Immutable Infrastructure approach
- Native Orchestration/ Automation
Environment as a Service
Your application (and its environment) is complex. Trying to simplify your app or the infrastructure environment that it needs is a waste of time and is counterproductive. Instead, invest in providing simple, self-service, on-demand automated provisioning of your applications and infrastructure. Environment as a Service helps your teams rapidly develop, test, deploy, and demo.
CIOs: Moving Beyond “Infrastructure Jockeys”
In an article titled CIOs Should Be Business Strategists, Not Just Infrastructure Jockeys, Forbes’ Steve Andriole writes
“There are also organizational risks connected with ‘infrastructure only’ CIOs. If CIOs step away from strategic planning and strategic technology, they run the risk of end-arounds, when business managers find someone else to satisfy their requirements. This is the new ‘Shadow IT’ that usually happens outside the building.”
Treating infrastructure as a means to an end is key to up-leveling the role of the CIO to move beyond databases, networks, and servers and into business strategy.