You’ve weighed the factors: cost, internal control, performance, scalability, privacy, and security. You’ve considered the cloud landscape: public, private, community, and hybrids.
You’ve decided to launch a private cloud.
Now, what steps do you take to pull it off?
In “Beyond the Hype: Private Clouds,” Origin IT lays out the five key moves that cloud veterans and consultants cite:
- Analyze and, if necessary, upgrade the internal network – Begin by considering capacity. Estimate likely traffic volumes based on the number of users and cloud servers, making sure you’ve got plenty of room for expansion. Next, evaluate speed. Assume that you could see computing and storage traffic requirements push networks from 1 gigabit per second to 10 gigabits.
- Standardize on the smallest number of platforms – Consider running highly compatible hardware (all blade servers on Xeon processers, for example) to achieve your dynamic provision and resource pooling goals.
- Virtualize wherever possible – Look beyond consolidation to virtualization that spans servers, storage systems, and networks. Consider designing portable workloads that can be put on any server at any time, and moved and reconfigured as needed, without shutting down and rebooting a server or adding memory to a machine.
- Implement technologies that automatically orchestrate workloads – Look to specialized tools that will keep workloads evenly balanced among all individual servers, while also meeting prevailing demands.
- Determine which applications are right for running in a private cloud – Create an application map of all the applications you have today and ones you expect to add in the next two or three years. Consider which ones do not require the full power of dedicated servers and related resources (e-mail systems, for example). Then, organize your applications to identify which ones will move to the private cloud.
If you’ve made all the right moves, the earliest indicator of success will be when your IT personnel are no longer worried about individual servers in the data center and more interested in dealing with new business initiatives. Download the article for more insights.