Building private cloud infrastructure

July 5th, 2013 by - 4,413 views

Although the proliferation of public cloud computing technologies has encouraged a large portion of the business world to migrate resources to an off-site environment, many decision-makers believe managing their own assets can be more beneficial. For this reason, among others, enterprise executives often prefer to leverage a private cloud architecture that enables them to satisfy numerous goals that cannot be met while using only the public cloud.

Building a private cloud infrastructure

Building a private cloud infrastructure

Yet constructing a private cloud is not a simple one-and-done process. A recent InfoWorld report highlighted how constructing a private infrastructure is similar to building a data center, though it is distinct in several ways. For one, the management layer capabilities are different in a private cloud than they are in a premise-based virtualization architecture.

InfoWorld noted that private clouds, for the most part, will offer some level of self-service, which is important for organizations that need to manage various solutions throughout their life cycle. Unlike conventional data centers, however, these management capabilities must be available to business units, not just the IT department. This is because it is often too time-consuming to have business teams consult with IT every time servers must be commissioned or other processes need to happen.

By working with a trusted service provider, companies can be sure they implement private clouds with the appropriate management capabilities for the workforce as a whole.

Leveled security
In traditional IT environments, IT controls the majority of security controls, which makes administrative considerations unnecessary. Because the private cloud enables individuals to decommission, deploy and manage servers on their own, decision-makers need to ensure they have the ability to protect sensitive information and resources during these procedures, InfoWorld noted.

In the past, organizations recognized security threats by different levels, namely based on whether they exist in internal, external or demilitarized zones. This concept is no longer necessary in a private cloud infrastructure, InfoWorld stated, as executives need to consider only a single “outside” and numerous “inside” environments that each have their own unique policies and capabilities.

A separate study by the Ponemon Institute highlighted how organizations are taking a firmer stance toward using the cloud and, as a result, are gaining confidence in the technology’s ability to keep sensitive assets safe.

“Staying in control of sensitive or confidential data is paramount for most organizations today and yet our survey shows they are transferring ever more of their most valuable data assets to the cloud,” said Larry Ponemon, founder and chairman of the Ponemon Institute.

Beyond security, decision-makers also need to ensure they build private clouds that are agile enough to meet today’s evolving demands.

Scalability is crucial
When constructing a private cloud, ensuring that scalable qualities are nondisruptive is essential, InfoWorld noted. This means that when additional cloud servers or other tools are needed, the adjustment does not impair current or future operations in any way, as doing so would hinder employees from carrying out mission-critical objectives quickly and efficiently.

While building a private cloud is slightly different from constructing an on-premise data center, decision-makers need to keep several factors in mind to verify the distinction. As the cloud computing market continues to expand as a whole in the coming years, allowing enterprises to choose from a wider variety of offerings, executives need to take the time to find and work with providers that meet the organization’s short- and long-term demands without jeopardizing operations or the bottom line.

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