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The ReadITQuick Interview with Aaron Rallo
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Published by: ReadITQuik
Published by ReadITQuik
Written by Meghna Lal, Editor
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In conversation with Aaron Rallo about his company and what are the key factors CIOs need to consider while developing their cloud strategy. TSO Logic delivers an analytics and algorithmic decision-making platform for optimizing application delivery in any data center environment, including cloud.
RIQ: Could you tell us a little about your background and why TSO Logic was created?
Aaron: Having spent 15 years building and operating cloud computing platforms for enterprises across multiple geographies, I figured that workload placement and compute rightsizing based on the actual utilization of IT resources could save a considerable amount of money. In order to do so effectively we would need to be able to measure compute and the costs of delivering that compute across all on-premises and cloud-based environments—with greater operational transparency and a better way to measure application workloads. That realization led me to work on solutions that became the basis of TSO Logic, which I founded in 2013.
Today, four years on, our key objective is to provide entperise with an algorithmic decision-making platform that leverages financial and operational analytics in order to identify the optimal place to run application workloads across all environments.
RIQ: What are the core capabilities that your company offers to customers?
Aaron: The TSO Logic Platform quickly analyzes millions of data points and recommends actions for rightsizing and right-costing compute across multiple environments, including cloud. Our actionable analytics platform enables speedy decision-making for IT transformation planning. It rightsizes compute instances to save hard dollars and provides a continuous view of where applications are running, how much it costs to run them, and what you can do to optimize those costs across your environments. This not only ensures that transformational objectives are being measured and met, but it also provides financial transparency.
RIQ: Are there any upcoming releases/products that you would like to tell us about? What can customers expect over the next one to two quarters?
Aaron: We recently started offering our TSO Match product through our partners (such as Amazon Web Services and Intel) as a service for limited-time engagements, enabling enterprises to use it as a low-cost, TCO analysis and optimization solution to help them move from their current state of compute to a future transformational state. TSO Match quickly determines the best-fit instance size, environment, and pricing options to match compute needs across multiple environments, including cloud. It’s a great way for an enterprise to see how it compares to industry peers and to chart a path forward based on operational analytics. The six-week TSO Match engagement can identify significant savings opportunities, including low-hanging fruit that can be quickly addressed.
“When you’re running thousands of instances, the savings can be considerable, but you first have to identify which instances and applications are best suited for cloud.”
RIQ: What are the key factors that CIOs need to keep in mind before making a decision to migrate to the cloud?
Aaron: From an economic standpoint, some compute instances make immediate sense for cloud migration, while others will require a certain degree of modification and application re-platforming. When you’re running thousands of instances, the savings can be considerable, but you first have to identify which instances and applications are best suited for cloud. That’s where an analytics engine becomes critical.
Many cloud providers offer funding assistance to help you assess your environment and migrate to cloud. You should take advantage of every opportunity to draw down your costs.
There will most likely be additional training and new tooling required. There are lots of programs available to get up to speed on the latest technology. Before you get started, make sure your team has the appropriate skillsets.
RIQ: What are your thoughts on which way the analytics industry is slated to grow?
Aaron: There are two growth drivers for analytics: First, we have to look at the evolution of measurement instruments and their increasing ability to serve up relevant data accurately and rapidly; and, second, is the competitive advantage that IT transformation provides to the enterprise.
We have seen this historically in everything from manufacturing—how continuous analysis of production processes revolutionized the auto industry—to professional sports with the advent of Moneyball statistics. Instrumentation has improved markedly over the past few years, so IT analytics is only at the base of its growth curve, with considerably more growth likely to come. The future of analytics will hinge on solutions that turn data into direct actions that result in measurable gains. Combining analytics with algorithmic decision-making to deliver automated outcomes will be a big driver of growth.
“The future of analytics will hinge on solutions that turn data into direct actions that result in measurable gains.”
RIQ: And how is your company equipped to be part of the growth story?
Aaron: With a focus on reliable data, analytics, and algorithmic-decision making we are helping enterprises transform IT to future, optimal states of compute. By algorithmically identifying the best place to operate compute and where to get the best total cost of ownership, we remove the guesswork and help enterprises move quickly to capture substantial savings. The analyses we provide are ideal for smaller enterprises that typically can’t afford to spend hundreds-of-thousands of dollars on costly IT consultation. Our platform is very affordable, so it delivers a very rapid ROI.
RIQ: Who do you see as your top competitors?
Aaron: We tend to have more partners than competitors. The intersection between enterprise data centers and the cloud requires a deep understanding of both environments, something that very few companies in the ecosystem have. While some cloud service providers do offer hands-on support to help develop a transformational strategy, we see them more as partners than competitors. As a partner we help them by eliminating time-consuming and error-prone manual labor (i.e., spreadsheet analysis) that has traditionally been used to map out an effective strategy.
RIQ: What are the 3 top technologies the IT leaders need to watch out for?
Aaron: 1. Server-less compute — it’s an up-and-coming technology that may bypass containers and lead to the ultimate in scalable platforms.
2. The cost of cloud compute — public and private cloud will continue to become less costly as hardware becomes more powerful and competition between providers heats up. To take advantage, make sure your applications are readily moveable.
3. Open-stack—it costs more than what you might think; I’ve seen excellent open-stack integrations at places like PayPal that have failed to live up to expectations because the talent required to build and support the environment is hard to come by in many geographies.
RIQ: What is the one thing about TSO Logic that you would like IT leaders reading this interview to know right now?
Aaron: Analytics will help you plan for and drive smarter IT transformations. TSO Logic eliminates guesswork, enabling you to rightsize and right-cost your compute across all environments, including cloud.
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