Modernize SaaS with Edge Containerization

Contrary to the prophecies of many cloud absolutists, hybrid environments continue to power SaaS operations worldwide. Hybrid environments are a blend of cloud and on-premise services that are operated and supported as a single environment. Today, much enterprise data resides and is generated on-premises, in customer environments, and even in remote IoT systems. Edge computing manages this data with low latency, data privacy, and remote survivability. It has become a critical variable in the IT equation that heavily influences these hybrid architectures.

As a result, the time has come for hybrid SaaS environments to embrace cloud-to-edge architectures where a centralized application integrates with data and applications distributed across remote networks and hosts. The next evolutionary paradigm for hybrid clouds involves extending containerization to the edge.

Unfortunately, the prevailing approaches to cloud or legacy on-premises IT management prevent SaaS providers from attaining these cloud-to-edge architectures and realizing their benefits.

Legacy Approaches Derailing SaaS Modernization

Translating SaaS-level standards of security, uptime, latency, and scalability to hybrid environments is no easy task. Networking on-premises environments to cloud applications can be a hassle entailing on-premise firewall configurations, network address translation issues, and manual processes that are dependent on the experience and availability of on-prem IT teams. Even leveraging tools like hardware appliances and VPN connections are, at best, quick fixes and cannot address the scalability requirements of cloud-to-edge architectures in the long run.

Also, managing countless connections and appliances can be an arduous affair. Not to mention the heightened challenges of security, downtime, latency, and increased dependency on the IT team at every step of the application configuration and management process.

Unlocking Hybrid Cloud SaaS with the Trustgrid Platform

The Trustgrid Platform enables SaaS providers to gain cloud-like control and automation capabilities across all customer environments—whether it be a public/private cloud, branch office, or data center. The platform consists of three products —Trustgrid Connect, Remote Access, and EdgeCompute – orchestrated through a common management portal.

With Trustgrid Connect, SaaS application providers can unlock high throughput and secure networking to connect to remote applications and customer data. Trustgrid Remote Access provides zero trust network access (ZTNA) to manage and support remote applications. And developers and DevOps teams leverage Trustgrid EdgeCompute to deploy, update, and monitor containers and virtual machines at the edge.

The Trustgrid Platform is orchestrated by a cloud management portal through which DevOps teams configure and monitor network functions and orchestrate applications running on the edge. Admins can get a bird’s eye view of their entire ‘extended SaaS infrastructure’ and manage VMs and containers, push updates, and remotely troubleshoot applications.

In addition, the portal secures existing APIs with encryption and enables the creation of new APIs from edge data sets. Trustgrid relieves software development and DevOps teams from networking, provisioning, and managing edge computing capabilities and helps them focus on what they do best – building great software.

Trustgrid Connect: Seamless Cloud-to-On-Premises Networking

Delivering secure and streamlined connectivity across any hybrid environment, Trustgrid Connect is a network-as-a-service that enables plug-and-play deployments and bypasses the need for on-site networking expertise. This makes it ideal for connecting cloud services into on-prem environments (like a customer’s environment) not fully under the control of an application provider. Bridging distributed applications and data sources with the cloud, Trustgrid Connect builds a multi-tenant network fabric between the cloud(s) and edge environments. In these scenarios, it serves as a cloud-delivered WAN that is far easier to deploy and manage than site-to-site VPNs and MPLS.

The solution is capable of building both mesh and hub-and-spoke architectures and can seamlessly integrate into VRFs and VLANs. Because the service is multi-tenanted and designed for cloud applications connecting to hundreds of remote sites, it securely segments all cloud-to-edge networks while enabling complete network visibility, control and support from a single pane of glass.

Trustgrid Connect includes layer 3/4 networking, separate control plane and data plane, certificate-based network authentication, continuous patching and updating, automated failover and disaster recovery, simplified network address translation management, 1-touch deployments with little-to-no firewall reconfiguration, and available 99.99% uptime SLA.

Trustgrid Remote Access:  Granular Access for Support

Support is one of the biggest challenges for cloud-to-edge architectures. Addressing the challenges around security and connectivity, Trustgrid empowers support and DevOps teams with zero-trust network access (ZTNA) via Trustgrid Remote Access. Legacy VPN and remote desktop tools accessing complex distributed environments bring heightened security risk and operational rigidity that limits what they can actually do in a remote environment. They lack the granular access management controls needed to secure sensitive application components and can easily be exploited via stolen credentials and session hijacking. Moreover, the risks are amplified when extending remote access to 3rd party vendors for support.

In contrast, Trustgrid Remote Access simplifies patching, troubleshooting, and configuration using a zero-trust agentless web interface to grant fine-grained access to applications running in any cloud and on-premise environment. When an agentless approach won’t work, the tool supports open-source agents such as OpenVPN or Wireguard. Users can custom configure access policies from within the tool and utilize existing roles, groups, and permissions from 3rd party identity providers. In addition to supporting access to apps on all popular operating systems, it integrates with any OpenID compatible IdP (Azure AD, Okta, Google, and more.)

Trustgrid Remote Access even enables users to support systems behind firewalls that may not be accessible over the internet, including secure access to remote container deployments and maintains auditable logs of all application access.

Trustgrid EdgeCompute: Seamless Edge Containerization

Trustgrid EdgeCompute delivers edge computing capabilities to SaaS applications as they build a hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Put simply, the solution addresses the challenges of edge computing by delivering the computing infrastructure, APIs, and software lifecycle management tools needed by applications running on-premises. Furthermore, its plug-and-play edge deployment features eliminate the need for on-site networking and container expertise while catering to low latency, remote survivability, local data processing, and data residency requirements.

To enable seamlessly connected edge computing, EdgeCompute features cloud-managed container repositories, support for Docker containers and KVM virtual appliances at the edge, CI/CD integration for automated patching and updating of remote systems, and the ability to build and maintain APIs for any edge data source.

Delivered as a managed platform, Trustgrid EdgeCompute helps providers modernize SaaS by enabling developers and DevOps teams to focus on their product instead of maintaining the infrastructure that it is running on. With a smaller team, DevOps can run and update Docker containers at the edge, centralize policy management and implementation, build and manage distributed points of presence, connect the resources needed to move microservices architectures, and perform traffic inspections and security functions.

Modernize SaaS with a Turnkey Edge Computing Platform

Trustgrid’s platform helps providers modernize SaaS infrastructure and deliver more advanced solutions by seamlessly connecting and managing their applications across hybrid environments, engage in full software lifecycle management for application components on the edge, and extend remote network-wide support through ZTNA.

Trustgrid is one of the only solutions in the market integrating secure networking, monitoring, and support with edge containerization to foster modern cloud-to-edge application architectures.

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