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Reducing Cloud Costs with Akka Platform on Red Hat OpenShift

Want to know how much money your organization can save in cloud costs? Schedule a consultation with a Lightbend expert customized around your business needs and explore how you can regain control over your IT budget.

Customer experiences are central to today's business strategies. This means incorporating mobile, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and artificial intelligence in order to meet customers wherever they are with customized experiences that build brand loyalty and grow bottom lines. To match customer demands, organizations need to do more than simply add new features to monolithic architecture. They must digitally transform with cloud native infrastructure (public, private and hybrid) that provides a scalable, reliable base on which to deploy a new class of data-centric, cloud native applications.

However, these new applications require a very different software architecture from what businesses have been running on for the last 15+ years. Traditional Java EE, .NET, application server-based, monolithic, 3-Tier, and batch types of applications are not designed to take advantage of the cloud, and are therefore extremely inefficient, resulting in high cloud costs. The same is true for poorly designed microservices-based applications.

The goal of each public cloud provider is workload. But in exchange for spending time on a cloud’s infrastructure, companies can take advantage of cutting-edge proprietary services. This can be a worthwhile tradeoff to running mission-critical workloads on these platforms. With that said, the long-term impact of running legacy and poorly-architected applications in these new environments is cost prohibitive. The only way to ensure business workloads realize cost savings is to marry an efficient application architecture with a reliable hybrid cloud foundation.

Migrating to a True Cloud Native Architecture

It is essential these new applications are secure, reliable, and scalable. Most importantly, it is also critical these applications are highly efficient to keep public cloud costs from running way over budget.

The answer is to build applications using a true cloud native architecture. This means system design uses an application architecture tailor made for distributed computing, coupled with a flexible orchestration capability using containers and Kubernetes.

Akka Platform - The Complete Akka-Based Stack for Cloud Native Development

The Akka Platform is a set of application frameworks and runtimes built on Akka—a powerful open-source toolkit for building resilient, message-driven applications—that provides your business with a decided advantage in application design for a cloud native world. Akka applications feature a reactive microservices architecture designed to take advantage of the underlying distributed computing infrastructure.

Figure 1. A sample reactive microservices architecture comprised of Akka and OpenShift.


With cloud native applications built using Akka reactive microservices:

  • Your applications are FAST:
    • Services manage their own state in memory, eliminating the need for slow database calls and can communicate with each other asynchronously
  • Your applications are RESILIENT:
    • Services automatically rebalance state and workloads and self-heal in cases of failure
  • Your applications are SCALABLE:
    • Services automatically scale up to handle peak workloads—and, most importantly, scale down when not needed

All of this means you get more bang at lower cost: faster, more efficient applications running on less infrastructure.

Red Hat OpenShift - The Kubernetes Platform for Big Ideas

Akka Platform runs on Red Hat OpenShift, a hybrid cloud, enterprise Kubernetes platform designed to enable your company to build and deliver better applications faster. OpenShift offers a consistent hybrid cloud foundation for building and scaling containerized applications. Organizations benefit from streamlined platform installation and upgrades from the enterprise leader in Kubernetes.

A single platform to learn means less time installing tools across multiple clouds and more time realizing economies of scale when building a multi-cloud strategy. As a result, your company can focus on building efficient applications that solve key business challenges at greater cost savings.

Akka Platform + Red Hat OpenShift = Lower Cloud Costs

Coupling Akka Platform with Red Hat OpenShift, your organization can build and deploy smart applications and infrastructure to deliver efficient cloud native applications on any cloud or multiple clouds. Real-world Akka Platform users, such as Hootsuite, have even seen public cloud costs reduced by as much as 80%.

With a true cloud native architecture, Akka applications can be deployed on OpenShift where they make the most sense as part of an overall hybrid- and multi-cloud strategy. This allows enterprises to more effectively take advantage of the cost benefits public cloud providers have gained because of volume purchasing advantages for hardware due to the public cloud vendors’ buying power.

If you’d like guidance on how your company can save on cloud costs, schedule a consultation with a Lightbend expert customized around your business needs and explore how you can regain control over your IT budget.

The Total Economic Impact™
Of Lightbend Akka

  • 139% ROI
  • 50% to 75% faster time-to-market
  • 20x increase in developer throughput
  • <6 months Akka pays for itself