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Help NetOps Teams Using Application Hosting & Guest OS

Application hosting helps your business become more flexible. This virtualization approach is a perfect solution if you’re looking to reduce your networking stack, make critical services more globally available, and ensure that your network is always up to date.

If you’re not familiar with application hosting, read our other post to get acquainted.

Application Hosting + Guest OS

For a quick recap, here are some things to know:

  • Application hosting means creating a cloud-based model (SaaS) through which to deliver your applications. One of the biggest benefits is that you don’t have to install and manage applications locally, and can instead keep them centralized on a server and bring them to clients anywhere in your organization.
  • To use application hosting, you need a virtual machine (VM) and something called a guest OS. Running on a VM, a guest OS can be Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, or other common operating system, and it’s this operating system that determines what applications you can run.
  • In between your device’s operating system (or host OS) and the guest OS is something called a hypervisor. A hypervisor is able to create VMs and tell the hardware how to allocate resources for VMs. This is an essential component of virtualization and application hosting.

How Does Application Hosting Help NetOps?

Modern business moves faster than ever, and to reach your goals, your NetOps teams need a modernized network that moves fast, too. But this can be difficult to achieve, since your network is likely made up of many different hardware & software systems, and admin protocols. There’s just so much to juggle that it seems like your network his holding back operations.

The good news is, application hosting and virtualization can alleviate many of the obstacles standing in the way of your network. Let’s compare how you manage your solutions before and after application hosting.

NetOps the Old Way

To boil it down, NetOps the old way is slow and cumbersome. This is mainly due to having many physical devices that you have to manage, which puts time consuming on-site support at the top of your priorities. This becomes even more complicated when you have many branch and remote networks.

Without application hosting, you need to install applications locally. Your only option is to put IT staff on site for this task. From there, the job can take days to complete, especially if your stack consists of many devices. And this is all part of a best-case scenario, which unfortunately isn’t the norm.

Another problem can arise — hardware & software incompatibilities. Suppose you try to install or update applications, and once you connect to a device you discover that the latest OS doesn’t support your software. Now what? Since you recently updated the OS for devices at every location, you have to roll back configurations or find a workaround for your application’s new release.

All of this can quickly become complex and difficult to track. Having to locally manage your edge environment leaves your network open to human errors. Your peace of mind is merely wishful thinking, because your physical & virtual assets aren’t as consistent, secure, or reliable as you’d hoped.

NetOps with Application Hosting

When you introduce application hosting, NetOps becomes fast and agile. Putting all your applications in the cloud means you can deliver them right where they’re needed, and thanks to guest OS, you don’t have to worry about incompatibilities.

Put your applications in a centralized server, and you no longer need to worry about on-site support. Your NetOps teams can tap into your server to install, update, and manage applications no matter where they are. This means faster releases and shorter time-to-market, so you can support your business alongside demand.

If you choose a powerful platform like Nodegrid, you can further help NetOps with even more capabilities. The Nodegrid Services Router can pack all your network functions into a single box, with add-on compute modules that allow you to run many guest OSes. Not only does this cut your stack, but it also gives your NetOps teams reliable remote access via out-of-band.

See how you can streamline NetOps with application hosting and Nodegrid.

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