A service mesh is a software infrastructure that facilitates communications between microservices. It is used to control how different parts of a distributed application integrate with each other. This disassembles monolithic application architectures by allowing applications to be broken down into a collection of services that can be built, maintained, and improved independently of the others.
Service meshes have changed the way that we deliver software. However, when we look at the evolution in data access, especially when involving cloud applications, it has not undergone the same level of evolution.
It’s no secret that applications are moving to the cloud. However, these cloud applications often rely on data that is not moving to the cloud. The data set may be too large… it may be changing too frequently on-premise… it may need to be analyzed in real-time… or it may be owned and controlled by another organization. Regardless of the reason, when this data cannot migrate with the application that depends on it, integration challenges occur.
Whether you need access to data for a multi-tenant cloud application or you are building virtual data catalogs for analytics or AI applications, the challenge remains the same: data and applications need seamless, bi-directional access to each other.
So, What is Trustgrid?
Functioning similar to a service mesh, Trustgrid creates a layer of connectivity that abstracts away the complexities of connecting, managing and supporting access to data. At its core, it is used to integrate data held across multiple data silos. Taking a more holistic approach than a typical networking solution, Trustgrid combines elements of SD-WAN with a containerized application platform to integrate distributed data sources and application components across different locations and organizations.
This combination ensures that data is secure, highly available, easily discoverable, and interoperable with the applications that rely on it.
Trustgrid’s customers use the platform for a variety of circumstances:
- Connecting cloud applications to sensitive data that lives in a customer’s on-premise or cloud environment
- Deploying and managing Docker containers on Trustgrid network nodes
- Managing existing on-premise software appliances as if they were another cloud resource
- Creating virtual data catalogs from a variety of data sources that can’t be centralized
- Giving application developers and DevOps teams ways to query data from a variety of data stores without having to think about ‘how’ they are accessing that data
How is Trustgrid Different?
Trustgrid is designed for a cloud world that must integrate with on-premise or 3rd party systems.
The platform uniquely addresses the complexities of integrating cloud applications to on-premise and multi-cloud data.
In contrast to typical SD-WAN solutions, Trustgrid combines secure software-defined networking, centralized network management features, containerized edge application deployment tools, and support automation tools into a single platform designed for applications.
By abstracting the most technical networking elements and providing a computing platform to deploy application components at the edge, application providers can manage these integrations in a way that greatly simplifies their infrastructure and provides guaranteed uptime SLAs.
Using this platform-based approach, users can enable a distributed application architecture with integrated networking features, and manage all of it from a single pane of glass that is tightly integrated into your public cloud environment.
Because all of these tools are delivered via a single platform we not only create a seamless fabric of connectivity and application access across every type of environment, but we allow software providers to focus on delivering on the core value of their software instead of worrying about the supporting IT infrastructure.
Trustgrid presents a new way to manage cloud to on-premise integrations. Some will say we are networking, while others say we are container orchestration or a distributed application platform. We prefer to say that we are solving some of the hardest IT problems that application providers face when dealing with multiple cloud and distributed on-premise environments.
Learn more about the products that make up the Trustgrid connectivity platform