The term ‘public’ always puts us on guard, whether it is the real world or the virtual world. What if someone accesses our account? What if there is a compromise on security? These are the first questions that pop-up. If you are apprehensive about running your business application in public, you can now have a private cloud. Here are a few steps to follow to convert your cloud network to private:
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This is the basic step when you want to build a private cloud. This is the step where you have to choose the hardware and software features you are going to use. The more complex your environment is, the more cost you will incur. To avoid this, make your environment as simple as possible. This comes in use during the stages of automation and orchestration. When you simplify, custom integration gets easier and can be finished in no time.
It gets difficult to justify more than one product. For example, if you have an app shop, include just that to your cloud. Don’t take only capital cost to make the justification work better. Take the entire cost of ownership which includes the service costs of organizing several systems.
A common standardization method followed for building an infrastructure is the ‘pod design’ method. This enables standardization not only for single components, but also for components like connectivity, cabling, rack layout, etc.
When you are sure about the systems you are going to use to create a private cloud, you have to start with consolidation. This is not something new as people have been consolidating their storage and servers for years. This step is all about bringing down the number of equipments that have to be managed. Exchange your low-performance equipments with hardware meeting your requirements. For example, if you require several storage protocols for your design, buy something that meets your expectations.
Virtualization depends on the design you have and the delivery model you are looking for. Virtualization is not required for all models. Certain models will be able to allocate the fundamental resources. If your design requires standardization, don’t overlook it and go to the next step.
Automation is the step where you start modifying the IT process and is a simple step. All you have to do is change the manual process to automatic. By activating your automation, your IT professionals can concentrate on other important things. The automation process you choose is influenced by the consolidation and virtualization decisions you make.
This is the step which helps you see the importance of standardization. If you have a better integrated standardization, it will require fewer custom integration points.
Orchestration is the last step for setting up a private cloud. This offers the self-service feature required in a private cloud service. You have to expect two important features from this process. One is a service catalog and the other is a self-service one. Whatever product you choose, it should have the functionality to ‘charge back’ or ‘track back’.
The hardware and software are just a part of the private cloud building equation. Making use of a stage approach as stated above will make the task easy.